Facts About the ETIAS Application for the EU Travel Visa Waiver

Starting in 2021, all U.S. citizens traveling to Europe will need to apply for a visa waiver called an ETIAS. This new travel authorization system is primarily designed to improve safety in  Europe’s Schengen Area.

Previously, the United States was part of a group of countries whose residents could travel to Europe without needing a tourist visa.

But due to the rapid rise in mass tourism and overtourism, as well as previous incidents of violence in the region, Europe has decided to improve their security to identify any possible risks or threats early on.

The ETIAS application will be online, and only takes around 10 minutes to complete. But many European travelers are confused on exactly what the waiver is and

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