EU authorities have little information about visa-free travelers, so to assess the potential security risks of these EU travelers, the European Travel Information and Authorization or ETIAS is created. It is an online application where it indicates the primary travel data for assessment. With this, authorities may quickly check the terrorist network connection that’ll come to Europe before the traveler arrives.

Sorting Out Information Gaps

There is no need to have a visa and it requires little information of travelers crossing the EU borders. However, those who have Schengen Visa gets validated by the border guards with the use of the Visa Information System. All visitors will have an information gap check before entering the border posts. This checkpoint helps in monitoring possible risks in migration.

ETIAS Operates with Existing and Developing Systems

Last April 6, 2016, there was a call for systems like ETIAS to operate the present and emerging systems, which is the EES or Entry-Exit Systems. ETIAS will do a reprocessing of communication structure and its components used by the EES. Moreover, there will also be a collaboration among VIS, Eurodac, Europol, European Criminal Records Information Systems or ECRIS, and Schengen Information System.

Collaboration with Other Agencies

There will also be a collaboration among other agencies and ETIAS. ETIAS can easily track and monitor applicants with visa-exemption against different information systems and databases.

These databases include the Schengen Information System, Europol, Eurodac, Visa Information Systems, and, the newly proposed system, the Entry-Exit System. ETIAS must inform ECRIS-TCN, upon the approval of the Commission, to share the 3rd-country nationals’ criminal record data to the EU.

Securing EU Citizens from Potential Risks

Before travelers arrive on the Schengen Borders, authorities may be able to identify possible risks by narrowing the information gaps, sharing information to the security, public health, and irregular migration. ETIAS will help assist against human trafficking, cross-border misbehavior, and possible security risks in the Schengen zone.

Safeguard Personal Data Information

Access to data has restrictions as ETIAS complies with data protection. Personal data will retain in ETIAS within the validity of travel authorization and five years from the revocation of travel authorization. All personal information will delete automatically in the Central System of ETIAS after expiry.


EU did a great job in enhancing security and information gaps. It is not only to protect EU citizens but even travelers. With all these security measures provided by ETIAS, it is deemed safe to share personal information and enjoy traveling to Europe.

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