Are you an American citizen traveling to Europe for tourism, transit or business from the United States?
IN THAT CASE, ETIAS VISA IS FOR YOU.
ETIAS is the acronym for "European Travel Information and Authorization System". It is an online authorization for travelers visiting the Schengen Area from third countries like the US (amongst other 60 Countries) that does not require a Schengen Visa to enter the EU for a short stay.
The primary reason for the travel requirement is to strengthen safety on borders of the Schengen Area Countries and to decline travelers entering European countries if they are considered as a risk to the security.
The ETIAS authorization system will reveal and handle problems beforehand, screening the details provided by American citizens, and making sure that the travel authorization is granted only after a strict exam of the data in contrast to EU security databases.
The EU ETIAS visa will also enhance the border controls, prevent possible identity and document frauds by granting better protection to the travelers. Thanks to this authorization, the mobility of US travelers in Europe is assured with a higher level of security.
In few words, the ETIAS Visa will provide a faster, and secure, automated way for Americans to travel to Europe with extended security protection.
The EU announced that the European Visa Waiver system ETIAS is estimated to be operative in 2021. From this year, each American Citizen traveling to Europe in a group will need a valid authorization before boarding a ship or an aircraft.
The EU ETIAS application is an online process that works by gathering, and collecting, details on the traveler. All US citizens are automatically qualified for applying for ETIAS.
To be able to fill in the ETIAS application form you will need your valid passport, a debit or credit card, and an email address. During the application process, the system will collect basic personal and travel information from the traveler.
Information required includes name, country of residence, date/place of birth and other background information.
Once the application is sent, the system will check that all the information is correct and there aren’t any alerts or possible security risks regarding the passenger. If the application is successfully passed the screening, an electronic authorization is granted in a few hours.
The cost for the ETIAS visa travel authorization is 7 € except for minors under the age of 12 which do not have to pay any fee.
Once issued, ETIAS holders are allowed to enter and stay in the Schengen Area up to 90 days in six months, during this period US Citizens holding a valid authorization can enter Europe an unlimited amount of times.
The European ETIAS Visa is valid for 3 years or until the expiry date of the passenger’s passport, depending on which of these are expiring first.
More information about ETIAS application process for US Citizens
In case of dual or dual citizenships, the ETIAS visa will be still mandatory even in case the other citizenship is part of the following country list: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City State.
It's important to mention that current US regulations make it mandatory for US citizens (including those citizens holding dual citizenship) to use a US passport to enter and leave the United States.
The ETIAS authorization closes an informational gap making possible Schengen Area authorities to track the travelers entry and exit points.