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Unlocking European Adventures: Navigating the New ETIAS Authorization

In 2024, a pivotal travel regulation, the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is being implemented. This will apply to visa-exempt nationals travelling to Malta or 29 other European nations. ETIAS is not a visa - it’s a preliminary verification prior to your journey to ensure compliance.

Understanding ETIAS

ETIAS is a travel authorization associated with your passport. Once you obtain it, it remains valid for three years or until your passport's expiry, whichever transpires first.  It allows you to stay in any of the 30 European countries for up to 90 days within any 180-day period, facilitating either an extended vacation or numerous brief excursions. Here are the European nations that will require visa-exempt travellers to possess an ETIAS travel authorization:

ETIAS article countries


Procedure for ETIAS Application

Procuring ETIAS is straightforward. It can be done online at a fee of €7, approximately $8 US.
The expedited procedure ensures it's merely a minor additional step before embarking on your European exploration.
Some travellers might not have to pay the fee. These include people who are under 18 or above 70 years of age, or family members of EU citizens or of non-EU nationals who have the right to move freely throughout the EU.

Rationale Behind ETIAS

The inception of ETIAS is about security. By checking travellers prior to arrival, Europe enhances its border surveillance, thereby strengthening security and ensuring safer trips for all.

ETIAS versus EES

In 2024, another system, the Entry-Exit System (EES), will also become operational. Although it could be confused with ETIAS, they are entirely distinct procedures. 
EES records the entry and exit of non-EU travellers within the Schengen Zone, acting as a digital ledger of arrivals and departures. Unlike ETIAS, it does not necessitate pre-checks on travellers, instead, it documents their visits.
There’s no need to worry about it, as EES doesn’t require anything from you before you start your trip. 

Navigating Entry Protocols: ETIAS and More

It is crucial to note that ETIAS is not the only regulation to adhere to. Each country may have unique entry requisites. Therefore, we advise you to check whether you need any additional preparations before finalizing your travel arrangements.
Unlike some other travel permits, ETIAS does not require health information or fingerprint, thus simplifying the process for US citizens to visit places like Malta.

Next Steps

In a nutshell, ETIAS is a simple, quick, and easy-to-get travel permit that opens the doors to an exciting European travel experience. If you wish to travel to Malta or any other ETIAS-mandated country in 2024, you should obtain your ETIAS authorization well in advance. It’s your gateway to a seamless and delightful European adventure. If you require more information about the requirements of ETIAS and what other changes it may bring, please provide us with your contact details and one of our team members from DZ Advisory shall be in contact with you promptly.

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