New Requirements for U.S. Citizens Travelling to European Countries
Up until this point, American citizens have been able to travel to Europe for up to three months without any visa requirements, but that is about to change.
In 2021, new rules will become available and U.S. citizens will only be able to visit 26 countries in the European Union with approval from the ETIAS.
The required approval from the European Travel Information and Authorization System will serve as an additional measure against terrorism and a way to raise revenue for the European Union.
The process is not complicated and is expected to be quite easy to follow, as the application will be taking place online and its completion won't take longer than ten minutes.
Those who wish to apply must provide a valid passport (with an expiration date that preferably ends three months after the intended stay), an email address and a debit or credit card.
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
It is advisable to make the application at least 96 hours before traveling and it will have a cost of seven euros (almost eight dollars) per person, except for travelers under the age of 18.
U.S. citizens will only be able to visit 26 countries in the European Union with approval from the ETIAS
After the application is complete, it will be checked against a series of security databases and the result will determine whether the application will be approved or denied.
When an application is denied, it will always be accompanied by an explanation as to why it was turned down and the user will be able to make an appeal.
ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS
Luckily, traveling enthusiasts won't have to fill an application every time they wish to fly to a country in the European Union, as the ETIAS authorization will be valid for three years.
Last but not least, the ETIAS authorization is not only for those residing in the United States, as it is also aimed for citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several other Asian and South-American countries.