Soon Americans Will Need ETIAS to Visit Europe – What You Should Know About New Rules Starting From 2021

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Soon, Americans will have to take an extra step to to some European countries. Keep on reading Nexter.org to know what will change in 2021.

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New rules

US citizens visiting parts of Europe will need authorization from the European Union come 2021.

The EU announced last year it was creating a European Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, that will require “pre- screening for security and migration risks of travelers benefiting from visa-free access to the Schengen area.”

The Schengen Area is a zone of 26 European countries that do not have internal borders and allow people to move between them freely, including such popular destinations as Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Poland.

Currently, US citizens can to Europe for up to 90 days without any sort of authorization. ETIAS will change that.

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Visa-free travelers, including US citizens, will need to request ETIAS authorization before visiting the Schengen Area. They can complete an application and pay a service fee of 7 euros (about $8) online. The authorization is valid for three years.

“Completing the online application should not take more than 10 minutes with automatic approval being given in over 95% of cases,” the European Commission said in a statement.
The United States has a similar system called the Electronic System for Authorization, or ESTA.

“We are aware of the European Union’s plan to implement its own information and authorization system, similar to the U.S. ESTA, to contribute to a more efficient management of the EU’s external borders and improve internal security,” a US State Department official said in a statement. “Each country has the right to determine its standards for entry.”

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The official paid attention that the “ETIAS authorization is not a visa.”

The United States won’t be the only country affected by the changes. From 2021, citizens from 60 countries will be required to apply for the ETIAS before entering the Schengen Area. Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Israel and Mauritius are among those countries.


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