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US Travelers Will Need a Visa To Visit Europe Starting in 2024

US Travelers Will Need a Visa To Visit Europe Starting in 2024

Say “bon voyage” to a spontaneous European getaway.

Beginning in 2024, U.S. travelers will be required to obtain pre-approval via the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) before embarking on any European adventures.

Vacationers will need to submit an ETIAS application along with an $8 fee. The application process entails providing essential travel documentation, including a passport, as well as personal information, education level, current occupation, anticipated trip details and disclosure of any criminal convictions.

While most applications are swiftly processed within a few days, some may take longer to yield a decision. To avoid any last-minute hitches, the European Union advises visitors to apply “well in advance” of their travel dates. The EU promises a response within four days, but certain circumstances may warrant an extension of 14 to 30 days.

Once approved, the ETIAS authorization remains valid for up to three years or until the visitor’s passport expires, granting them the freedom to enter the territory of 30 European countries multiple times within short-term stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

However, it’s important to note that possessing an ETIAS authorization doesn’t guarantee entry. Upon arrival, travelers will still need to present their passport and relevant documents for verification by border guards to ensure they meet the entry conditions.

The travel requirement is expected to go into effect January 2024, although it could be pushed back due to unforeseen delays.

“It won’t be complicated, it’s just an annoyance,” said Peter Greenberg, CBS Travel news editor. “Most Americans, in fact, all Americans, are not used to doing this to go to Europe so there’s going to be lots of surprises at boarding gates with people being denied boarding over the first couple of weeks if this goes into effect.”

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