ESTA Europe

The feeling of insecurity in Europe has recently pushed MEPs from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to adopt a new control of travelers. Long desired by Germany and France, these new measures are directly inspired by the US ESTA and the Canadian ESTA .


ETIAS: the European ESTA

The EU Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is a new travel requirement that will be mandatory. ESTA image for the United States, ETIAS is not a visa but a travel authorization procedure to move freely in the Schengen Area. We find similarities between the two:

The slight differences are:


European ESTA: for whom?

ETIAS is intended for nationals of countries that do not need to obtain a visa to travel in the Schengen Area, this includes the following countries:

Albania Andorra Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Australia
Bahamas Barbados Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Brunei
Canada Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominica
Salvador Grenade Guatemala Honduras Hong Kong
Israel Japan Kiribati South Korea Macao
Macedonia Malaysia Marshall Islands Mauritius Mexico
Micronesia Moldova Montenegro New Zealand Nicaragua
Palau Panama Paraguay Peru Saint Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa Serbia Seychelles
Singapore Solomon Islands Taiwan East Timor Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago Tuvalu England Uruguay Vanuatu

The ESTA in its European version will therefore require travelers to declare their stay to the European authorities if they wish to enter through one of the following Schengen Area countries:

Germany Austria Belgium Denmark
Spain Estonia Finland France
Greece Hungary Iceland Italy
Latvia liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
Malta Norway Netherlands Poland
Portugal Slovakia Slovenia Sweden
Swiss Czech republic