We have noticed that some misinformation circulate in the Albanian media about the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).
Please read the information below to understand what ETIAS is and what will be the consequences of the roll-out of ETIAS for Albanian citizens travelling to the Schengen area.
What is ETIAS?
ETIAS is an IT system currently being developed and not currently in use. It is expected to start operating at the end of 2022.
Nationals from 62 Countries, including Albania, USA, Canada or Australia will have to use ETIAS.
All Albanian citizens are eligible to apply for the ETIAS because Albania is and will continue to be a visa-free country for the EU.
Is the ETIAS travel authorisation a new visa?
The ETIAS authorisation is not a visa. Nationals of visa liberalisation countries, like Albania, will continue to travel the EU without a visa but will simply be required to obtain a travel authorisation via ETIAS prior to their travel.
The ETIAS travel authorisation does not reintroduce visa-like obligations. There is no need to go to a consulate to make an application and no biometric data is collected.
The online ETIAS application only takes a few minutes to fill in. The only document you will need to apply for the ETIAS is your valid passport. The cost to obtain ETIAS is 7€ per person, but people under the age of 18 are exempt from paying the fee.
Once approved, ETIAS it is valid for 3 years with an unlimited number of entries in all Schengen countries, if you have not stayed more than 90 days in a 180 day period.
What are the objectives of ETIAS?
For the EU, the main objective is to strengthen security checks on persons who travel visa-free to the Schengen area, so as to reinforce the fight against crime and prevent irregular migration.
It will also improve border management by simplifying bureaucracy and delays for travellers when presenting themselves at the borders. The aim is to ensure a coordinated assessment of risks posed by certain third-country nationals across Schengen States. It is expected that such system will substantially reduce the number of refusals of entry at border crossing points.
For additional information on ETIAS, please consult the following webpage: