ETIAS EU accession plan postponed

(CNN) — Planning a trip to Europe next summer? The cost of living is rising but there is one small consolation – you don’t have to pay €7 ($7.35) to get out.

The European Commission has delayed the release of its ETIAS visa waiver, which would see non-EU passport holders need prior travel authorization to enter the bloc.

It will be used in November 2023, according to a new message issued by the European Commission.

ETIAS is not a visa; rather, it is a visa waiver program, similar to the United States’ ESTA program, which was launched in 2008.

It does not replace visas; it will only apply to non-EU nationals from countries that do not currently require a visa to the EU. It’s faster than a visa application, it’s done online (like ESTA), and there’s no biometric information required. However, as with ESTA, there is a cost to obtain it.

EU travelers are exempt, and have freedom of movement around the bloc, allowing them to spend as much time as they like in many countries. EU citizens will be exempt from the scheme, regardless of their nationality.

But for others entering the bloc from a country that does not already require a visa, the ETIAS will be required. The movement involves about 60 countries including the US and the UK, which lost freedom of movement after Brexit. There is no change for those who already need a visa to enter.

The application process will be done through a “very large IT system,” with approval “within minutes,” for about 95% of applicants, according to a new memo issued by the EU. The maximum time required for approval is up to one month in “special cases.” Anyone whose request is denied has the right to appeal.

The ETIAS authorization will be granted for an unlimited number of entries in three years. However, holders must comply with immigration and overstay regulations. Currently, third parties cannot stay more than 90 days in the bloc in its entirety, for every 180 days.

Cost: €7 ($7.35) for people between 18 and 70. It’s not clear at this time if other people get a discount or can apply for free. In comparison, the US pays $21 for an ESTA permit.

Applications cannot be made, and a start date has not been set.

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