ETIAS : Travel to Europe Will Soon Require a Visa

Visiting Europe is currently effortless. But that will soon change. U.S. citizens traveling to Europe will need to register, starting in 2021. 

The European Union announced that United States tourists will be required to complete an application and pay a small fee through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (known as ETIAS) to visit the 26 European Countries.

U.S. citizens will still need a valid passport in addition to an email account and a debit or credit card to apply through ETIAS. The good news is that unlike the Visa process for some countries, ETIAS will not require the formal interview. And it’s estimated that the whole process for an ETIAS will only take about 10 minutes. 

ETIAS will cost 7 euros (or about $7.85). And that cost will apply to all travelers between the ages of 18 and 0. Once obtained, it will be valid for the ETIAS holder to stay in 26 different countries in Europe for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. And it will be valid for three years.