The EU has postponed the ETIAS ‘e-visa’ until November 2023

Aug 3, 2022

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

The European Union has quietly postponed the rollout of the long-awaited European Travel Information and Authorisation System visa program, meaning American and British travelers will no longer need to apply for the European visa waivers before next summer.

Originally, the new “e-visa” program was slated to begin May 2023. It would require that travelers from countries outside of the Schengen Area be fingerprinted and pay a fee to visit France, Spain and other EU nations.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

European Commission bigwigs have now decided to delay the scheme until November 2023.

“ETIAS is indeed now scheduled to enter into operation as of November 2023, according to current planning,” a spokesperson for the European Commission told TPG.

Related: Europe to require new entry fee for visitors

In This Post

What is ETIAS?

ETIAS logo
(Screenshot from

ETIAS is a visa-waiver scheme similar to the current Electronic System for Travel Authorization used in the U.S. The form will act as a preauthorization system to allow travelers from 61 third countries outside of the Schengen Area — including the United Kingdom and U.S. — to enter the region for up to 90 days within a 180-day period, without a full visa.

Similar to ESTA in the U.S., ETIAS will cross-check visitor information with government databases and watchlists before issuing authorization to enter. The information collected will also be used in data tracking for business and tourism purposes.

ETIAS covers European countries that are part of the Schengen Area travel agreement; the region includes most the EU, with the addition of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein but minus Ireland. An individual’s ETIAS authorization will be valid for an unlimited number of entries over three years.

Countries in the Schengen Area that will require ETIAS include:

  • Austria.
  • Belgium.
  • The Czech Republic.
  • Denmark.
  • Estonia.
  • Finland.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Greece.
  • Hungary.
  • Iceland.
  • Italy.
  • Latvia.
  • Liechtenstein.
  • Lithuania.
  • Luxembourg.
  • Malta.
  • The Netherlands.
  • Norway.
  • Poland.
  • Portugal.
  • Slovakia.
  • Slovenia.
  • Spain.
  • Sweden.
  • Switzerland.

“The ETIAS will be an automated IT system created to identify any security or irregular migratory risks posed by visa-exempt visitors traveling to the Schengen area, whilst at the same time facilitate crossing borders for the vast majority of travellers who do not pose such risks,” according to the European Commission.

How much will it cost and what information will I have to provide?

The ETIAS will cost 7 euros (about $7) for a three-year permit that allows “third-country nationals” to enter the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Only visitors who are between the ages of 18 and 70 will need to pay the application fee, but those of all ages will still need ETIAS authorization to enter.

Travelers will be asked to provide details of health, education and any criminal convictions, as well as their fingerprints and a facial biometric.

Who needs to apply for ETIAS?

American citizens (and those from the 62 other non-EU countries that are not currently required to apply for visas) will need ETIAS authorization to enter the EU for visits of up to 90 days; this includes transit passengers.

If you have applied separately for a visa to enter Europe, you will not need to complete the ETIAS application.

Related: What is the Schengen Area and what European countries are included?

When and where will ETIAS go into effect?

This launch of this long-planned system has been pushed from May 2023 to November 2023.

At that point, airlines and other transport systems will be required to check for ETIAS authorization prior to allowing passenger boarding, and visitors will be required to complete the application process prior to travel. At land borders, visitors can complete the application at an electronic kiosk. British citizens will benefit from using an online application system to apply for ETIAS.

How do you apply for ETIAS?

application process diagram
The ETIAS application process. (Screenshot from

Before traveling, you’ll need to access the ETIAS online application to input passport information, name, date and place of birth, an email address, phone number, and a credit or debit card to submit the payment fee. You’ll also need to provide your destination, as well as answer a few background and profile questions. The ETIAS website indicates the form should take about 10 minutes to complete.

Approval for most applicants should take a matter of minutes. However, if an item is flagged in the application, a manual review must take place. The applicant can then either correct the improperly entered information or appeal a denial decision.

What does the postponement mean for travel?

For American travelers, it simply means they will be spared the fuss of having to apply for the ETIAS e-visa until November 2023.

However, on a more practical level, it also gives the European transport industry more time to smooth out issues that have plagued the industry this summer; some of these issues include long wait times at airports and Channel crossings, as well as flight delays and cancellations.

Related: Relax: Americans won’t need a visa to travel to Europe anytime soon

British ferry operators have voiced concerns regarding the extra time it could take to process travelers under the new system at the borders. They do not want a repeat of last month’s “critical incident” that brought motorways to a standstill as vacationers flocked to British ports to get away for the first week of the school summer holidays.

In the extra time, they hope to implement a streamlined enrollment system, so travelers can preregister their biometric information instead of doing it in person at the border. In-person registration, they say, could cripple their operational capacity.

Moving the launch from May to November will also give operators the chance to ease into the new system at a time when demand for European travel is low.

How will my personal data be stored?

The European Commission has attempted to soften privacy fears, insisting that the ETIAS is not a visa and therefore includes a far less intrusive application process.

“There is no need to go to a consulate to make an application, no biometric data is collected and significantly less information is gathered than during a visa application procedure,” the European Commission said.

Bottom line

Americans planning to visit Europe don’t need to take any immediate action. However, be prepared to go through one more step and pay one more fee in the traveling process as part of the ETIAS implementation in November 2023. Stay tuned to TPG for further developments related to this program.

Additional reporting by Bill Fink.

Featured photo by Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG/Getty Images.

Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card

Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy Bonus Points after spending $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 8/31/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
17.99% - 26.99% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.