One of the latest developments in the travel industry, a European travel authorization system known as ETIAS, has been delayed yet again until 2025. The system was originally proposed in 2018 and was intended to streamline the process of checking travelers against various security databases as well as facilitate visa-free travel for non-EU citizens.
However, the European Commission revealed early this year that the system was likely to be delayed until 2025 due to the complications and complexities of the project. The Commission reported that they needed more time to ensure the system is up to the highest security standards, as well as to secure proper funding for the project.
The delay of ETIAS could be seen as beneficial to citizens since it will allow for more opportunities for stakeholder input. This could bring additional changes which are based on the feedback provided, and potentially result in a much better system.
However, the delay could also have significant impacts on the travel industry. Flight and other travel operators may be affected due to the increased application time when customers attempt to enter the EU. Furthermore, the cost implications of the delay should not be discounted, as governments will be forced to postpone and rearrange finances in order to complete the project.
It is clear that the impact of the ETIAS delay will be significant, but the ultimate outcome will not be known until 2025. In the meantime, travelers should ensure they take the necessary steps to secure the right documents for travel.