ETIAS – European Travel Information and Authorisation System

Americans will soon have to take an extra step when travelling to some European countries.

Starting in 2021, Americans and travelers from other visa-free countries will have to take an extra step when visiting more than two dozen countries in Europe.

Last year the European Union announced that visitors coming from all visa-free countries, including the United States, will need to complete and submit an online application and also pay a small fee using the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) before travelling. Such application is designed “to strengthen security checks on those passengers travelling visa-free to the EU,” according to a fact sheet by the European Commission. This concerns people travelling to Europe’s Schengen Zone, an area which is made up of 26 countries, including France, Germany and Spain, but not Britain.

U.S. citizens travelling to Europe a valid U.S. passport can visit Schengen countries and stay for up to 90 days without a VISA, according to the State Department.

Therefore, ETIAS is simply a travel authorization for visa-free visitors, similar to the U.S. Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) to screen people in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

Nessuno visto per gli americani in viaggio in Europa

Non sarà necessario alcun visto per gli americani che vogliono entrare nell’Unione europea, ma semplicemente un’autorizzazione e cioè una sorta di equivalente dell’Esta denominata ETIAS – European Travel Information and Authorisation System. L’autorizzazione si potrà ottenere compilando un modulo online che richiede al massimo 10 minuti di tempo e che costa 7 euro.