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What You Need to Know About ETIAS - New 2024 Travel Requirement for Europe

Traveling to Europe in 2024? Be prepared for new travel requirement!


UPDATED 2/18/24 - This program was once again delayed and pushed back and is not scheduled to launch sometime in 2025. Stay tuned but to be ahead of the game, continue reading and keep this on your radar for future travel!


If you are or have made plans to travel to Europe in 2024, here’s what you need to know about the expected launch by the Europen Commission of the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).

Women with a travel bag walking in Europe

For those that aren’t familiar already with this proposed new system, the Europe Union (EU) is implementing new entry requirements that aim to ensure safety, security, and efficient travel called ETIAS. The goal with the new system is streamline the entry process, enhance border control measures, and address emerging challenges. Whether you're a tourist, student, or business traveler, understanding these new entry requirements is crucial for a hassle-free experience.


This new system was originally scheduled to launch in 2022 and was postponed to 2024. There is currently no set date in 2024 that this new system will go into effect, so keep watching for the official 2024 launch date. It's better to be prepared and avoid any hassles for your European 2024 trip. To check for updates, you can visit their official website at www.etias.com and also be sure to subscribe to my blog to make certain you receive timely updates on this topic!


FACTS ABOUT ETIAS:

  • Expected to start sometime in 2024. After the initial launch, there may be a short period of 3 to 6 months where ETIAS may not be mandatory for travel.

  • Citizens of visa-exempt countries (or non-EU countries), including United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, South America and Japan, etc. will need to apply.

  • Each traveler will be required to apply via the new ETIAS regardless of age.

  • The cost is about $10.00 but will be FREE for those over 70 or under 18.

  • Application Process - They claim the online application process and approval should only take between 1 to 96 hours (about 4 days). I wouldn’t count on this. If there is some type of glitch (we all know how new systems work), or your application is rejected and they request more information, it could take up to 30 days (or maybe even more).

  • It will be valid for 3 years after approval or until your passport expires. If your passport expires during that 3-year time period, you will be required to apply for a new ETIAS waiver.

  • ETIAS is required for stays in any EU country that are less than 90 days with a 180-day period.


By staying informed about these changes, travelers can avoid any potential disruptions and make the most of their time exploring the diverse wonders Europe has to offer. Remember to check to see when this program officially launches and the specific entry requirements of your destination country before embarking on your journey to ensure a successful and enjoyable trip.


Stay tuned for more updates.


Dorothy

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Thanks for great info!

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