Monday, June 17, 2019

ETIAS - How Travel to Europe will change in 2021

I love traveling to Europe. The food, culture, sites and close proximity to so many neighboring countries make it so easy to love. With the added perk of having a common currency, the Euro, Americans have enjoyed multi-country hopping with little fuss within the European Union. However, that will no longer be the case for certain countries in Europe.

New changes are coming for American travelers. Although it is not a huge deal, here are the basics of what you need to know as of now.

 What is ETIAS?

(*The below is from the ETIAS website which provides reliable, up-to-date information)

"ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System.

The European Union has created this visa waiver program to protect and strengthen its borders. The main goal of the ETIAS visa waiver for Europe is to identify possible threats or risks associated with visitors traveling to any of the Schengen Area countries.

The ETIAS visa waiver program will be needed to enter a Schengen member country.

Beginning in 2021, all visitors that currently do not need a visa to enter Europe will be expected to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization.

The ETIAS for Europe will grant travelers authorization to visit the ETIAS Countries 

 So fellow travelers, before you pack your bag in 2021, please do & remember the 

1) Apply online for the ETIAS visa waiver.
     The application should only take around 10 minutes, and the cost is expected to be
     around 7 Euro. Quick & Easy!
2) Be sure that you receive your email confirmation.

3) "You can enter the Schengen member states for as many times as you want, for as long
     as your ETIAS is valid, and you have not stayed more than 90 days in a 180 days
     period." You will NOT need a separate waiver for each member country.

4)  Every traveler (including children and seniors) will be required to have the
     authorization. Those under the age of 18 and over 70 are exempt from paying the fee.

5) Just FYI, ETIAS and Schengen Visa are NOT the same.
     If you have the ETIAS, you do not need the Schengen Visa. More on that, if you are
     like me and just want to know more -

So, stay tuned! 2021 is not here yet. More countries are poised to join the EU, and there could possibly be more countries that become part of the new ETIAS program.

With a little planning, you can still enjoy a Belgium waffle, Italian gelato and German beer with one easy ETIAS waiver 💙

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