Starting next year, travelers to most European countries will need to apply for authorization from a new system called ETIAS. When the system goes into effect next year, non-European Union residents will have to submit their information to ETIAS prior to their trip to an EU country. Read on for everything you need to know about the new ETIAS system if you’re planning on traveling to Europe in 2024.
What Is ETIAS?
ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System, and it’s a special travel authorization form—not a visa—that will soon be required for travel to European Union member countries. It’s being put into place for security reasons, so the EU can better track who is entering. It has been compared to the ESTA system the United States put into place in 2008.
Who Will Need ETIAS?
Anyone who currently can travel to EU countries without a visa, including American passport holders, will be required to have an ETIAS starting next year.
Which Countries Will Require ETIAS?
A total of 30 countries will require ETIAS in 2024, including members of the EU and other countries that are part of the Schengen Zone. You can read the full list of countries requiring ETIAS here.
Is ETIAS In Effect Yet?
ETIAS is not in effect yet—but the European Union website says ETIAS is expected to be operational in 2024. A more specific date within 2024 has not yet been announced. The system was approved by the European Parliament back in 2016, but it has been delayed.
Do Americans Need ETIAS Now?
Americans are not yet required to have an ETIAS when travelling to Europe, but they will after the system is implemented in 2024.
What Will You Need To Apply For ETIAS?
You will need to provide your name, date of birth, sex, nationality, home address, email, phone number, parents’ names, travel document details, level of education, occupation, and the country you’ll be visiting first. You’ll also be required to detail any past criminal convictions or travel to conflict zones.
How Much Are ETIAS Fees For U.S. Citizens?
The fee for applying to ETIAS is only €7, or a little over $7. If you are under 18 or over 70, the fee is waived.
How Long Is ETIAS Good For?
Once you receive your ETIAS visa waiver, the document will be valid for a total of three years—or, until your passport expires, whichever happens first. As such, once you have a valid ETIAS, you will not need to apply for a new one before every trip to Europe.
Can Magellan Handle My ETIAS Process For Me?
Yes! The EU allows third parties like a travel agency—or in our case, your dedicated team of private travel professionals at Magellan Jets—to apply for ETIAS on your behalf. So, when the ETIAS system is in place, we’ll be glad to facilitate your application. We’ll let you know what additional details we need from you to complete your application.
No matter where you’re flying with us, Magellan will serve as your personal flight department and travel advisor, handling all paperwork and documentation required by the country you’re entering. We monitor international travel restrictions, regulations, and alerts in real time, making sure you are fully prepared and enjoy a seamless trip.
Ready To Fly To Europe?
With over 15 years of experience flying our guests to, from, and within Europe, Magellan Jets is your trusted partner for purely private European travel. We don’t simply arrange flights—we curate experiences. That means we’ll make sure the aircraft you fly on is as memorable as the sights, and our team of Guest Experience professionals are ready to help extend the experience long after you land as your personal concierge.
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