For decades the various countries around the world have tried to make travel for tourism and business easier while providing more safety for their own residents. This has been a difficult task since the more people traveling makes for more possibilities that a terrorist could slip through. On the other hand, being too restrictive has a tendency to obstruct tourist and business travel which is bad for the economy. What many governments have decided works best is to give special visas, like the EAST in the US and the ETIAS in Europe, to those that qualify. This allows them to pay special attention to the other travelers that are then deemed as being a slightly higher risk.
Security Increased At The Outer Borders
Also, by reducing the security between member borders the countries were able to increase the security personnel at the outer borders. This is deemed to be a higher priority area where more criminals and terrorist could enter the Schengen member states. Meanwhile the ETIAS visa travelers can now cross into about 60 countries in Europe with just the one visa. This is good of business and more convenient for the travelers at the same time.
There are special considerations that need to be done to get the ETIAS visa but they aren’t too difficult and most people easily qualify. The main restrictions are the same as before, the passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the arrival date. The other is that the ETIAS visa must be paid for with either a debit card or charge card as part of the identity verification process.
Now nearly every country in Europe, including the most visited are part of the Schengen area. That includes all of the main countries like England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and many others. This is thought to be the best overall solution to accommodate travelers and stop terrorism at the same time.