Currently, citizens of 61 countries that are not members of the EU are allowed to enter the Schengen area visa-free for business or tourism purposes for up to 90 days. To make travel within the Schengen borders safer, the EU Commission has proposed a fully electronic system – the European Travel Information and Authorisation System or “ETIAS” -- as a solution. The introduction of ETIAS is planned for 2023.

Even though Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, it is a member of the Schengen zone, and it is expected to implement ETIAS once the system enters into force.

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