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In 2024, Traveling To Europe Will Require a Visa For American Tourists

The new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will start in early 2024. It is important to note that it will be easy and fast for Americans to apply online and that the Visa still allows Americans to travel to Europe for 90 days within 180 days. The date on which the Visa will become a requirement has yet to be set, but here is what we know.

Photo Courtesy of Pixabay ~ "The new regulations are called the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). When the system launches in early 2024, it will require all visitors who currently travel to Europe visa-free, such as citizens from the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, to apply for travel authorization and receive approval prior to their departure.

ETIAS is not a visa in the traditional sense; it only requires a quick online application, with approval delivered via email. In order to receive authorization, visitors must fill out an online form providing details about their basic biographical information, travel plans and travel history, as well as other security questions.

Most applicants will be granted travel authorization within an hour, but if further checks are required, the process could take up to 96 hours. The application costs €7 ( about $8) and is required for all travelers regardless of their age. Once approved, this authorization is valid for multiple entries over the course of three years, or until the traveler’s passport expires." ~

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