The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) was created with the aim to improve EU’s security and improve border control management. The EU created the ETIAS as a response to the constant flow of migrants, increase in tourism, and terrorist threats in the last couple of years.
Americans are required to complete an online application with their biometric information and answer a questionnaire to apply for an ETIAS visa. Once submitted, the application will be screened through the ETIAS database, and if there are no alarms, the ETIAS visa will be granted. Should an application be denied, the applicant will receive an email with the reason for the denial and may be given a chance to repeal the decision. If this is not possible, the applicant will then be required to apply for a traditional EU-Visa, or Schengen Visa, at the embassy or consulate of the Member State of first entry.