March 9, 2023
European Union postpones ETIAS launch to 2024
The spokesperson for the EU Commission’s Migration and Home Affairs department recently confirmed that the launch of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) has been delayed until 2024. The ETIAS, designed to more effectively regulate non-EU nationals’ entry into and exit from the Schengen Area, was initially expected to go into effect in May 2023 and then delayed until November 2023. The ETIAS is an IT system designed to mitigate irregular migration to the Schengen Area. It will apply to most non-EU nationals who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Area (i.e., visa-exempt nationals) and require them to complete an online registration form prior to travel. The latest change in the ETIAS implementation date comes weeks after the EU authorities announced their decision to postpone the launch of the Entry and Exit System (EES) until late 2023. The EU authorities are expected to confirm the exact launch date for the ETIAS in the upcoming months.
A Tax Alert prepared by EY's People Advisory Services group, and attached below, provides additional details.
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