19 Oct 2017

EU: ETIAS about to improve visa-free travelling pre-entry control


EU: ETIAS about to improve visa-free travelling pre-entry controlThe European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), which assesses possible security risks of visa-free travelling to the EU, was adopted today (19 October) by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.



GÁL KingaGÁL Kinga, a member of the European Parliament (vice-chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs), the reporter of the new EU legislative proposal, explains plans for even tougher control over foreign visa-free travelers coming to the EU.

She said that over an enhanced system of prior security checks of visa-free travelings, the EU will be informed about threatening persons who are linked to terrorist organizations before they actually enter the EU.

Despite the fact that the European Union has already involved the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) as an examining tool of potential dangers coming of visa-free travelling, yet Ms. Kinga alleged that an additional protective system to such threats is a must for the security of the union.

For that reason, she said that the EU will launch a user friendly online pre-registration application of visa-free travelers, entirely automatic which will operate closely with the EU security databases (SIS and Europol) and watch lists of the ETIAS.

According to that, these travelers will be required to register in such online system by submitting their name, date of birth, the address and such information will be automatically scanned using the existing information for the same travelers in the existing databases.

Following the submission of such data to register for traveling, travelers will be receiving in a few minutes an email with either a valid authorization to travel (if they will be considered harmless), or they will be sent the reason for refusal in other cases.

The authorization to travel lasts for three years, and after that the traveler needs to register once again.

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