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EP: travellers who create security risks will be denied entry to European Union

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThird country travellers that require a visa to enter the European Union will first have to receive a special permit before they can be allowed to enter member states, as stated in rules approved by members of the European Parliament on Thursday, 5 July.

The new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (Etias), which is planned to be adopted in 2021, will allow authorities to screen travellers before they are allowed to enter EU. Travellers who pose security, illegal immigration or epidemiological threats will not be allowed to enter, as BNN was told by EP Information Office in Latvia.

The new system will apply to more than 60 countries and territories residents of which require a visa to enter the European Union. The parliament explains that travellers from those countries will have to fill in an electronic questionnaire. In it, they will have to provide personal information (name, date of birth and location, gender and nationality), information regarding their travel documents (expiry date and issuing country), as well as the country they intend to enter.

The questionnaire will cost EUR 7, whereas children under the age of 18 and people older than 70 will be relieved of this fee.

European Parliament also notes that applicants will also have to provide information regarding any previous criminal records and participation in war zones. This information is to be provided for the last 10 years.

European Parliament stresses that every application will be checked using information from existing databases.

If violations are uncovered in regards to the way questionnaires were filled in or confirmation is received regarding the person’s previous criminal record, the potential traveller’s risk will be individually assessed.

The regulation was approved with 494 votes in favour, 115 votes against and 30 MEPs abstaining. Once the law approved by the EU Council, it will be published in the EU Official Herald. It is expected to come to force in 2021, as reported by EP.


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