Written by Anja Radjenovic (4th edition, updated on 22.10.2018),

Visa stamping. Passport or visa application. Travel immigration stamp, vector illustration
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Strengthening the EU’s external borders is key 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 publichealth risks associated with them. The proposal follows similar models already existing in the USA, Canada and Australia, among others. ETIAS formally entered into force in October 2018, but will not become operational before 2021.

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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: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) 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’

Rapporteur: Kinga Gál (EPP, Hungary)
Shadow rapporteurs:




Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, France)
Helga Stevens (ECR, Belgium)
Gérard Deprez (ALDE, Belgium)
Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE/NGL, France)
Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Lorenzo Fontana (ENF, Italy)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2018/1240 and Regulation (EU) 2018/1241
OJ L 236, 19.9.2018, pp. 1-73

EU Legislation in progress: Adoption

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