The ETIAS online travel authorization is an automated system that will help identify and assess […]
ETIAS for Americans
European Travel Information and Authorization System
The European Union will launch the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS visa waiver) or ETIAS travel authorization as a response to terrorist threats, the increasing number of tourists, and the ongoing migration flow to the region.
How Does ETIAS Travel Authorization Work?
ETIAS is a well-integrated visa waiver system implemented to increase security, and that contributes to a more efficient management of Europe’s borders.
An ETIAS authorization will be required for every American citizen traveling to Europe for short-term stays of up to 90 days.
You can apply for an ETIAS visa waiver directly online. When the application is complete you will be required to pay the processing fees. Once your application has been submitted it will be reviewed by the ETIAS security database system.
If your application is approved you will receive a confirmation email with the ETIAS for Europe. If your application is denied you will receive an email with a written explanation for the refusal.
Traveling to Europe from America
U.S. citizens will be required to complete and submit an online ETIAS application. The ETIAS online visa waiver will be needed to enter and travel to and around the Schengen Area. The ETIAS travel authorization will be a multiple entry authorization valid for 3 years and will grant its holder a stay of up to 90 days in Europe.
The ETIAS visa waiver will be valid to enter countries that are part of the Schengen Area but not the EU, which means, that U.S. citizens will be able to travel to these countries without the need for any additional travel documents or permissions.