EU visa delayed again

New ETIAS program will not start until 2025

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According to European Union (EU) officials, the start of the European Travel Info and Authorisation System (ETIAS) program – effectively an EU Visa – has been delayed yet again, this time to May 2025 at the earliest because of issues launching the Entry/Exit System (EES) that would track visitors into Europe.

“We had initially hoped for the EES to become operational by the latest at the beginning of next year. Due to unforeseen delays, it has become evident that this timeline is unattainable. As a result, the implementation of the ETIAS has been rescheduled to May 2025, with the possibility of further postponement,” the official said, according to Schengen Visa Info.

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When the EU first announced the ETIAS, which has been in the works since 2016, the plan was to start it in November 2023. It would have required all non-Europeans, including those in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada, to obtain an electronic travel permit ahead of arrival. However, that timeline was pushed to “at least 2024” earlier this year and then reportedly again this week, though the ETIAS website, and the EU website, are both still showing a 2024 launch date.

It is proposed that the ETIAS approval will cost each applicant €7 for a permit that will be valid for three years. According to the ETIAS website, the application process should take no longer than 10 minutes, and 95% of applicants will be approved within minutes. Travellers will only need their passports, a credit or debit card to pay for the Visa, and no biometric data will be collected during the application process.

2 thoughts on “EU visa delayed again”

  1. Not surprising really when you think of all the entry & exit points in the Schengen area. Airports, sea ports, railway lines and roads everyone of which needs controlling. No easy task.

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    • The USA has more entry points and ports but did their ESTA in a matter of months, the EU is slow at everything because they have too many different and opposing national interests at play and probably some EU countries don’t want to have this as it could effect their tourism. With so many illegals entering seems a bit silly to punish the legal travellers, just another tax collection

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