The European Union has postponed the launch of its new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) until 2024.
It had previously been announced to begin in November of this year.
No date or month has been given for the next launch date.
The ETIAS website states: “Barring any delay in implementation, the ETIAS is due to come into effect in 2024. After the initial launch, there may be a short period of 3-6 months where ETIAS may not be mandatory for travel. This is to allow the EU to work through any system issues which may negatively impact travellers due to complications with the initial roll-out.”
The scheme was originally supposed to launch in 2022 and was first postponed within the same year. The requirement was changed to May 2023, then November 2023, until now when it has been moved to 2024, without any announcement.
The authorisation is expected to impact 1.4 billion people who visit the Schengen area every year.