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10 Oct 2018

ETIAS Regulation enters into force

European Travel Information and Authorisation System

The regulations for the establishment of the European Travel Information Authorization System have entered into force on October 9, 2018. The European Parliament and Council Regulations 2018/1240 and 2018/1241 were published in the EU Office journal in mid-September this year, after the European Council adopted the regulation on the establishment of ETIAS on September 5.

The regulations came into force 20 days later, according to the rules, and now the eu-Lisa will start building the new system.

Previously, on July 5, the European Parliament had given its final agreements on the establishment on ETIAS and welcomed the strengthening of the mandate of the EU Agency eu-LISA for the operational management of large scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice.

The ETIAS in a new system, similar to the ESTA the US uses. Travelers from visa exempt countries will have to obtain an ETIAS prior to their trip towards the Schengen Area, from January 1, 2021. The system is supposed to identify travelers that pose a security threat to the EU and prevent them from entering before they even show up at the border.

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