Global Alerts

European Union – Expected Changes for Travelers of Schengen Countries

Exit Entry System

The EU Commission proposed to implement a system that will automatically calculate the authorized stay of the applicant and alert the authorities of overstays when entering and exiting the Schengen area. Currently the passport is manually stamped.

ETIAS Information

Beginning 2021, US citizens travelling to European Schengen countries will need to apply for a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) before travel.

  • Require a passport valid for 3 months beyond the period of intend stay
  • ETIAS valid for 3 years
  • Fee of 7 Euro

The ETIAS will be put in place to prescreen travelers, thus improving security measures through the Schengen area.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation.

India – Update to e-Visa

The e-Visa, which includes sub-categories for e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical, and e-Medical Attendant, can now be used 3 times during a calendar year (January to December). Previously the e-visa was availed for a maximum of 2 times during a calendar year.

The e-Visa is also available through 26 designated airports, as it was previously 25. The designated airports are Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi, and Vishakhapatnam.

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