Starting in 2024, US-issued passport holders wishing to explore Europe will need to follow a new procedure. Before starting your trip, you will need to obtain an authorization through the European Travel Information and Authorization System, known as ETIAS.
Although US citizens currently have the privilege of traveling to most European Union countries without the need for a visa, this convenience will be adjusted with the entry into force of the new regulation. Like the United States electronic travel authorization process, ESTA, the purpose of ETIAS is to increase security and simplify the entry process for travelers.
The ETIAS is an electronic form of travel authorization, linked directly to the traveler's passport. This authorization will allow short-term stays in European countries, up to 90 days during a period of 180 days. Please note that ETIAS authorization does not guarantee automatic entry; upon arrival at the destination, a border agent will verify that all entry conditions are being met.
To apply for ETIAS, travelers can fill in the application form on the official ETIAS website or use the mobile application. There is still an application fee, although some exceptions may exempt some travelers from this fee.
The travel authorization granted by ETIAS will be valid for up to three years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. It is important to highlight that it is mandatory to have a valid ETIAS throughout your stay in Europe. Round trips are permitted as long as you respect the limit of 90 days of stay within a 180 day period.
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