ETIAS is a pre-travel authorisation system for visa exempt travellers. Its key function is to verify if a third country national meets entry requirements before travelling to the Schengen area. The information submitted, via an online application ahead of their arrival at borders enabling pre-travel assessment of irregular migration risks, security or public health risk checks. This shall be done by automatically processing each application submitted against EU and relevant Interpol databases, and a dedicated ETIAS watch-list whilst respecting clearly defined screening rules.
ETIAS will reinforce EU internal security in two ways: first, through the identification of persons that might pose a security risk before they arrive at the Schengen external border; and second, by making information available to national law enforcement authorities and Europol, where this is necessary in a specific case of prevention, detection or investigation of a terrorist offence, or other serious criminal offences.
eu-LISA is currently establishing a Working Group for carriers and calling on carrier associations to express their interest to participate in this Working Group. Details and instructions on how to show interest are listed in the document below:
ETIAS: Simplifying Travel to the EU