European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS): Council Presidency and European Parliament provisionally agree rules for access to relevant databases


The Council Presidency and representatives of the European Parliament today reached a provisional agreement on the rules linking the ETIAS Central System to the relevant EU databases. The agreed texts will then be submitted to the competent bodies of the Council and the Parliament for political approval and, subsequently, for their formal adoption.

The adoption of these rules will be the last legislative step necessary for the establishment of ETIAS, which should be operational by 2022.

The introduction of ETIAS aims to improve internal security, prevent illegal immigration, protect public health and reduce border delays by identifying people who may be at risk in any of these areas before they arrive. at the external borders. ETIAS is also a building block for interoperability between JHA databases, an important EU policy objective in this area, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2023.

The provisionally agreed rules will allow the ETIAS Central System to perform checks against the Schengen Information System (SIS), Visa Information System (VIS), Entry / Exit System (EES), Eurodac and the database on criminal records of third country nationals. (ECRIS-TCN), as well as data from Europol and Interpol.

They allow the connection of the ETIAS Central System to these databases and specify the data to be accessed for the purposes of ETIAS, as well as the conditions and access rights for the ETIAS Central Unit and the ETIAS National Units. Access to relevant data in these systems will allow authorities to assess applicants’ security or immigration risk and decide whether to issue or deny travel authorization.


ETIAS is the EU’s new travel information and authorization system. It will apply to visa-exempt third-country nationals, who will need to obtain a travel authorization before their trip, via an online application.

The information submitted in each application will be automatically processed in the EU and Interpol databases to determine whether there are grounds to deny a travel authorization. If no results or elements requiring further analysis are identified, the travel authorization will be issued automatically and quickly. This should be the case for most applications. If there is a hit or an item to analyze, the request will be processed manually by the competent authorities.

A travel authorization will be valid for three years or until the end of the validity of the travel document registered at the time of application, whichever occurs first. For each request, the applicant will have to pay a travel authorization fee of 7 euros.


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