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ETIAS is a system for visa-free nationals modelled on the U.S. 'ESTA' system which will contribute to maintaining and strengthening the security of the Schengen area.


The EU Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) would only apply to citizens of countries that do not need a visa to access the Schengen area. Members of the single market would be exempt from the measure thanks to the free movement of workers. But if the United Kingdom leaves the single market, things will not be simple.


The American ESTA currently costs $14 per passenger. ESTA revenue grew from $177.8m in 2013 to $193.2m in 2015, for a total of 13.8m passengers in 2015, according to US State Department figures.

The objective

The objective is to collect and share as much information as possible on people entering the EU," a French source said. EU countries can currently share information on people that require a visa via the Visa Information System (VIS). But the Schengen Information System (SIS) only works with alerts on specific people