Do I Need An ETIAS Electronic Travel Authority For EU Travel?


From 2023, European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is being introduced for travel around the EU and the Schengen zone.

If you’re from one of the 68 countries that doesn’t currently require a visa to visit EU countries, then you will need an ETIAS to enter from 2023.

ETIAS is an EU scheme, but also allows travel to non-EU Schengen zone countries.

The Schengen zone comprises of 27 countries; 23 EU countries plus 4 EEA countries plus around 18 other countries that allow the use of Schengen visas to travel.

Currently Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus are EU countries that are applied to join the Schengen zone. This may be completed by the time ETIAS is introduced.

Ireland is a member of the EU, but not a member of the Schengen zone and has not applied to join.

If you do need ETIAS then it is required to be allowed to check-in set off or enter any of the countries within the EU Schengen zone

With the introduction of ETIAS travellers into the EU Schengen zone, need to consider if they need a Visa, resident permit or a passport, when travelling across border, including a consideration of the length of their stay in short or longer.

If a stay is less than 180 days residence in country, then tax residence is not required during that year.

If an expat stays resident more than 183 days in a countries tax year, then they could be deemed tax resident and required to submit and file a tax return for that country.

Need help? For more information and guidance contact ProACT.

Visit The Proact Partnership Website.

Tel: 26 819 424,

What is ETIAS? The European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) is an electronic travel authority, similar to the USA’s ESTA system. It will be required for citizens who can currently visit the EU and/ or Schengen zone without a visa.

When does ETIAS launch? ETIAS is expected to launch in November 2023.

Do I need ETIAS before visiting the EU / Schengen zone? Citizens of countries who can visit the EU zone visa-free. This includes citizens of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & many more.

How long can I travel with a ETIAS authorisation? You can travel within the EU & Schengen for up to 90 days within a 180 day period.

How much will ETIAS cost? €7

How long is my ETIAS valid for? 3 years.

Is ETIAS a visa? No ETIAS is not a visa, it is a visa-waiver for countries who do not need a visa to visit the EU / Schengen area.

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