European Union: EU Automated Border Checks for Third Country Nationals Expected to be Implemented by the End of 2022

June 9, 2021

Overview 

The European Union is expected to implement changes near the end of 2022 to its automated border checks for third country nationals entering or exiting external borders. Upon entry, the system will be able to calculate the length of authorized short stays for third country nationals who don’t need an entry visa. The system is expected to issue an alert if there is no recorded exit after the duration of authorized stay is up.   

Key Points 

  • Third country nationals who are not required to get a visa to enter will be required to apply for entry through the European Travel Information Authorization System (ETIAS) starting in early 2022.  

  • The cost of the application through ETIAS is 7 EUR. Children and people over 60 years old will not have to pay the fee. 

  • The applications are expected to be processed within 72 hours. 

  • Travelers may be denied boarding on air and sea carriers if they do not have the approval once these changes are implemented in 2022.  

What Are The Changes? 

The ETIAS system will bridge the information gap for visa-free nationals looking to enter the Schengen area.  

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Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional. 

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