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ETIAS Requirements for American Citizens

Information About the ETIAS Visa Waiver for Europe

The ETIAS Online Visa Waiver (European Travel Information and Authorization System) was created for U.S. citizens who wish to travel around Europe for up to 90-days. All U.S. citizens visiting Europe are required to hold a valid ETIAS to enter and travel around all the ETIAS countries.

ETIAS Countries that Require a Europe Travel Authorization for American Citizens

An ETIAS authorization will be required for every American citizen for short-term stays of up to 90-days to travel to any of the ETIAS countries mentioned above. Learn more about the ETIAS application requirements for U.S. citizens visiting Europe.

The ETIAS visa waiver also includes countries that are part of the Schengen Area but not the EU, which means that U.S. citizens will be able to see these nations without the need for any additional European travel documents or requirements.

ETIAS Requirements for U.S. citizens

U.S. citizens over the age of 18 will be required to apply online for the ETIAS online authorization to enter any of the Schengen Area member states.

American citizens will need to provide personal information on their ETIAS online application such as:

  • Full name
  • Place and date of birth
  • Gender
  • Home address
  • Telephone number and email
  • Education or current employment information
  • Passport or travel document information
  • Member state of intended first entry, and
  • Answer ETIAS background and eligibility questions

To apply for an ETIAS visa waiver, Americans are required to hold:

  • A valid machine-readable passport
  • A valid email account – the ETIAS authorization will be sent via email
  • A valid debit or credit card to pay the application fees

Once approved, the ETIAS authorization will be valid for 3 years. American citizens holders of an approved ETIAS can travel around the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days for every 180-day period.

Information about the ETIAS Visa Waiver for Americans Citizens

The European Union launched the ETIAS authorization system as a response to the increasing number of tourists, as well as the ongoing migration flows and terrorist threats.

The ETIAS online travel authorization is a well-integrated authorization system that will strengthen Europe’s external border policies and ensure internal security while preserving freedom of movement within the Schengen Area. This is achieved thanks to an automated system that gathers information on visa-exempt travelers before their arrival in the EU, to determine irregularities, and security or public-health risks associated with them. ETIAS follows similar models already existing in the USA, Canada, and Australia, among others.

At the same time, ETIAS is expected to make border checks quicker and more efficient for international visitors.

Every visa-exempt third-country national, including Americans, arriving at the Schengen external borders will be required to hold an approved ETIAS authorization.