If you’re already thinking about next summer’s vacay plans, there are going to be some new travel requirements that may apply to you — at least if you’re planning on boarding a plane to Europe. Starting in 2024, U.S. passport holders will need to apply for authorization through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) before visiting. The new system intends to strengthen security with international travel and facilitate smoother entry.
These new requirements have been years in the making, as the program was approved back in 2016 and was supposed to be rolled out in 2022, according to Forbes. The pandemic and “insufficient infrastructure” caused the delay.
Here’s what you need to know.
What is ETIAS?
The European Travel Information and Authorization System is a new travel authorization that will be linked to a traveler’s passport. It will be required for short-term trips to European countries — up to 90 days within any 180-day period.
Who will need to apply?
ETIAS will affect those who are not an EU national, those without a residence permit/card/document issued by a participating country requiring ETIAS, and those who are visa-exempt nationals from these countries. A full list of countries can be found here.
Which countries require ETIAS?
There are 30 European countries that will require ETIAS for visa-exempt nationals. You can find them here.
When will it be implemented?
It is slated to roll out sometime in 2024, with an exact date still unclear.
What is the application process?
How do you apply?
Travelers can apply online. It requires an application fee of 7 euros (EUR), however those under the age of 18 or over the age of 70 will not need to pay the fee.
What will you need to apply?
You will need a valid travel document that your ETIAS can be attached to, such as a passport. Specific details can be found here.
How long is your ETIAS valid for?
The authorization will be good for three years or until the travel document you used to fill out the application (say, your passport) expires before the authorization.