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What is ETIAS authorization?
Europe has decided to introduce the ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) visa from 2023 onward to increase security and avoid problems associated with illegal immigration and terrorism. The ETIAS visa waiver will be required for anyone wishing to visit Europe, including U.S. citizens. This system will require that U.S. citizens apply for an ETIAS visa when traveling for a short period within the Schengen member state area. During its validity (3 years from the time of approval), U.S. citizens will be permitted multiple entries into any country in the Schengen member state.
The European Commission’s system will be responsible for checking traveler information with a series of security databases and for creating the Schengen Area’s central digital information system. Completing the ETIAS application online takes less than 10 minutes, and you will only need a valid passport for this process. After you fill out the application form, the system will check your input data across different security and information databases. These databases include Europol, Interpol, and others. Program will be analyzing and per-screening all travelers for different risk factors.
ETIAS documents for U.S. citizens traveling to Schengen Countries
Obtaining an ETIAS visa waiver is a streamlined process for U.S. citizens. All you need is a valid passport (that has been valid for three months and will remain valid beyond each traveler’s intended stay), a credit card to pay the ETIAS fee, and a personal email address (where you will receive information about the approved visa). The new system does not guarantee that all applications will be approved. U.S. citizens who do not provide the required documentation will not be permitted to enter any Schengen member state. As per the ETIAS requirements proposed by the European Commission, travel authorization cannot be issued to applicants with a passport older than ten years. If an applicant has dual citizenship or uses multiple passports, he/she must use the same document while completing the application and during the travel period because the Travel Information and Authorization System will be electronically linked to an individual identity document. However, the traveler is advised to carry a printed version of the approved ETIAS authorization to avoid possible omissions.
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Who will need an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to Europe?
There are 60 ETIAS-eligible countries, including the U.S. Currently, the citizens of those countries can travel to Europe without a visa. However, starting in 2023, as ETIAS goes live, these citizens will be required to apply for ETIAS to travel to Europe.
An approved European ETIAS visa waiver will pre-screen all travelers before they board a plane. All information submitted to the ETIAS form will be carefully inspected, and the details will be checked using several European Commission security databases.
ETIAS visa waivers will be available for short-term business and leisure stays. Anyone planning to study or work in Europe for more than 90 days will need to apply for a different visa.
ETIAS is not the same as a Schengen visa. Those travelers who are citizens of countries that have no visa-free travel agreement with Europe will need to apply for a Schengen visa. This also applies to people traveling for studying or working purposes as ETIAS does not cover these reasons.
ETIAS Eligible Countries
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovin
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- North Macedonia
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts & Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Timor Leste
- Trinidat & Tobago
- United Kingdom
- United States
Travelers must apply for ETIAS when traveling to any of the following countries:
- San Marino
- Czech Republic
ETIAS Frequently Asked Questions
ETIAS will be mandatory for citizens of all countries, including U.S. citizens, who previously used a biometric passport to travel to the Schengen Area. The system will go into effect in 2023, strengthening security in the Schengen Area. There will be a 6-month transition after ETIAS is live, which means that traveling with ETIAS will be optional.
Starting in 2023, ETIAS will be mandatory for U.S. citizens traveling to Europe. There will be a 6-month transition period before the system is fully operational. After the transition period, ETIAS will be essential part of traveling to Schengen member states.
Applying for an ETIAS visa waiver will require a valid passport, email address, and debit/credit card to pay for the application fee. Travelers will only be able to use the Travel Information and Authorization System for tourism, transit, business travel, and stays related to study or work that last a maximum of 90 days.
All visa-exempt citizens from countries outside the European Union will need to apply for an ETIAS visa before they travel to the Schengen Area. ETIAS allows entry to 26 European countries in the Schengen Area. These countries do not have to pass passport checks at each other’s borders.
ETIAS Visa Waiver will enable eligible visitors to enter Schengen Area for up to 90 day for tourism, transit, or business. Because there are no hard borders inside the Schengen area, travelers can freely move between countries.
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