Last year we reported about the new special travel authorization U.S. passport holders will need to obtain by 2024 in order to visit some European countries (known as ETIAS for European Travel Information and Authorization System). However, the system was recently delayed until 2025.
So let’s go over what changed and expand on all there is to know about the new travel authorization.
What is ETIAS and who will this affect?
ETIAS stands for the European Travel Information and Authorization System. It’s an upcoming U.S. style electronic travel authorization system that will be implemented for short-term EU visitors (non-EU nationals) beginning in 2025. Those with a residence permit, card or document from any EU country are exempt.
When will ETIAS be implemented?
ETIAS will be implemented some time in 2025 if no more delays arise. Travelers beware there may be a limited 3-6 month period where ETIAS is not mandatory for travel upon the initial roll out of the program to eliminate potential kinks in the system.
Which countries will require ETIAS?
All EU Schengen member states and countries under the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and European microstates with open borders will require ETIAS. Countries and microstates include Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.
What’s the purpose of ETIAS?
ETIAS is a security measure for EU countries within the ETIAS system and its citizens. Data will be collected on non-EU travelers entering such areas to certify they do not pose as a threat. Additionally, ETIAS will improve border processing times.
To learn more about how you can apply for ETIAS, see here.