The European Union has confirmed that the launch of the new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) border controls for non-EU visitors has been further delayed until spring 2025.
It will replace the current manual passport stamping regime at border checks for non-EU travellers.
It has explained that the related Entry-Exit System (EES) needs to be operational before ETIAS can be implemented but this is unlikely until autumn 2024.
Once introduced, ETIAS will see visitors from outside the EU who currently have visa-waiver status, including travellers from the UK and US, having to apply for an ETIAS authorisation to visit 30 European countries.
ETIAS applicants will pay a €7 fee through an official website, which once granted, will be valid for three years or until the expiry date of the user’s passport.
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