European Union countries have set additional conditions for entry to their lands, affecting Algerian and other nationals from 60 nations who are already visa-free and will be required, starting from 2021, to secure prior permission before traveling to the European Union, in accordance with the new rules and regulations adopted a week ago.
The new travel information system, which is expected to be operational in 2021, will allow pre-screening of nationals from 60 visa-exempt countries, who, according to the European Union, are “a security, irregular or epidemiological threat”.
Under the new conditions, citizens from more than 60 countries, including Algeria, and other countries from five continents to developed countries such as the United States, Canada, Japan and European countries such as Ukraine, Georgia and Serbia, are exempt from visa requirements to travel to the EU but will nonetheless need to fill out an electronic form beforehand.
They will thus have to present their personal data such as name, place, date of birth, gender, nationality, information regarding their travel document, country of issue, address and personal details, and mentioning the European country that they plan to enter for the first time.
The cost of the travel permit is € 7 (except for persons under the age of 18 and over 70 who will be free of charge) and will be valid for three years or until the travel document expires.
The traveler must also inform the authorities of possible convictions for serious criminal offenses, particularly terrorism, sexual exploitation of children, trafficking in human beings, drugs, murder and rape, residence in war zones or conflict zones, and a possible administrative decision to leave the territory, In case of a terrorist offense, the period will be extended to the last 20 years, and more details will be required on the history and the country of the convicted passenger.
The data of all applicants will be verified in the relevant databases, in particular to ensure that the travel document used has not been lost or stolen and that the passenger is not subject to the prior travel authorization.