The European Commission has announced that visas will be required by Americans who travel to Europe starting in 2021.
What was once unrestricted entry for Americans into Europe will soon be changed. The future new requirement is said to address security concerns of terrorism and illegal migration into Europe.
To be clear the European Commission stated in their 2018 press release that the new regulation of the required visa won’t be implemented until sometime towards the end of 2021.
Until the new law is implemented, us Americans can enjoy the customary relaxed entry we have been able to take advantage thus far. Currently, no actions except for booking your flight is necessary to travel to Europe if you’re staying 90 days or less.
The impending new visa law referred to as the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is said to be a simple and easy process in which most will be granted the visa without any problems. It will be an online process that shouldn’t take any longer than 10 minutes.
The ETIAS visa will last for 3 years in which visa holders can re-enter the different countries without having to apply for another visa. All you need in order to apply is a valid passport, a method of payment and an active email address.
The future law only affects the European Union (EU) countries in the Schengen Area. Therefore, you will not need a visa to travel to Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland or the United Kingdom (UK) being that it’s not part of the EU.
It’s important to note that the ETIAS visa is only for travelers who plan on visiting any one of the EU Schengen Countries for a short period of time. The law still remains that if one’s intended stay is longer than 90 days then a different type of visa will be required.
To learn more about the ETIAS visa visit the website www.etiasvisa.com.