The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Information about the ETIAS Visa Waiver for Europe
ETIAS for Europe is a multiple entry travel authorization that allows holders to travel to Schengen countries for a total stay of 90 days per entry, for purposes of tourism, transit, business or medical treatment.
The European Commission is implementing the ETIAS visa waiver program for all nationalities who do not currently need a visa to travel to Europe. The aim behind the ETIAS travel permit is to strengthen and protect the borders of the Schengen passport-free zone.
The new system will prescreen visa-exempt travelers for any potential security or health risks before they even reach European borders. It is expected to come into effect by May of 2023.
It is important to note that ETIAS is not a visa, but a travel authorization or visa waiver. It is not necessary to visit an embassy in order to apply. The ETIAS application form will be available online.
ETIAS is not a substitute for a student or work visa. Any foreign nationals who wish to live, study, work, or stay in Europe longer than 90 days will be required to apply for another visa from a diplomatic mission of their country of destination.