The European Travel Information and Authorization System will facilitate border crossings – Vax Before Travel

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The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will soon change the way millions of people travel in Europe. According to recent Frontex data, approximately 20% of travelers will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver.

The way these 1.4 billion people travel to Europe will change when ETIAS is introduced at the end of 2022.

ETIAS will have a significant impact on international mobility.

Currently, EU border officials carry out checks on visitors when they are already at the border.

They assess whether people traveling to Europe without a visa could pose a threat to public health or safety.

ETIAS will allow these checks to be carried out before travelers depart, thus improving EU security and facilitating border crossings. As a result, the EU expects around 97% of applications to be approved digitally within 96 hours.

Thirty European countries are in the process of establishing their national ETIAS units.

In the press release, Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri explained: “ETIAS is an important part of the process of digitizing our border management, helping to ensure the resumption of international mobility in the post-COVID world with higher safety and security standards”.

According to preliminary figures announced by Frontex on 11 January 2022, the total number of illegal border crossings in 2021 was just under 200,000, the highest number since 2017.

This represents a 36% increase from 2019 and a 57% increase from 2020.

This trend suggests that factors other than the lifting of restrictions on global mobility are driving the increase in migration pressure.

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, is an essential part of Europe’s efforts to safeguard the area of ​​freedom, security and justice. Frontex’s support at the external borders helps ensure free movement without internal border controls, which many of us take for granted.

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