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European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) [Policy Podcast]

Written by Anja Radjenovic (1st edition),

Visa stamping. Passport or visa application. Travel immigration stamp, vector illustration

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Following recent terrorist attacks and uncontrolled migration flows to the EU, strengthening the EU’s external borders has been one of the measures targeted to ensure internal security and to preserve freedom of movement in the Schengen area. While the existing border management information systems do address some of the information gaps concerning non-EU citizens coming into the EU, there is a lack of information related to visa-exempt third-country nationals arriving at the Schengen external borders.

The European Commission is therefore proposing to set up an automated system that would gather information on visa-exempt travellers prior to their arrival, in order to determine any irregular migration, security or public-health risks associated with them. The proposal follows similar models already existing in the USA, Canada and Australia, among others.



Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and amending Regulations (EU) No 515/2014, (EU) 2016/399, (EU) 2016/794 and (EU) 2016/1624

Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:

Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

Kinga Gál (EPP, Hungary)

Not yet available

COM(2016) 731 of 16.11.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0357(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected:

Initial discussion in LIBE Committee

Listen to podcast ‘European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)  [Policy Podcast]


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