Planning your vacay to Europe in 2024? You will need more than a passport now.

Starting in 2024, U.S. passport holders traveling to Europe must comply with a new requirement and your passport is not enough.

Previously, U.S. travelers enjoyed visa-free access to Europe; however, they now need to apply for authorization through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) before visiting.

The ETIAS application can be submitted via the official website or mobile app, with a fee of 7 euros or $7.79 USD; communication occurs via email.

Once approved, the ETIAS authorization grants a 90-day stay within a 180-day period in countries requiring ETIAS.

ETIAS aims to process most applications within minutes; decisions will be provided in four days or up to 14 days with additional documentation requirements.

Travelers are encouraged to apply well in advance of their planned journey.

Confirmation emails include a unique number for future reference.

Accurate information, including name and passport number, is crucial for crossing the border; mistakes can lead to denial of entry.

Refused applications receive reasons for denial and information on the appeal process via email.

ETIAS travel authorization is valid for three years or until the applicant’s travel document expires.

Both the ETIAS authorization and the linked travel document (e.g., U.S. passport) are required for boarding flights, buses, or ships to enter European countries with ETIAS.

ETIAS authorization doesn’t guarantee automatic entry; border guards verify if entry conditions are met, refusing entry if conditions aren’t satisfied.

This is a big change so do your due diligence and plan your trip accordingly. You certainly don’t want to be turned away at the last minute.


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