US citizens will need a visa to visit Europe in 2021

Leroy Wright
March 10, 2019

From 2021, United States citizens will be required to have a visa if they travel to Europe.

The EU announced past year it was creating a European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, that will require "pre-travel screening for security and migration risks of travellers benefiting from visa-free access to the Schengen area".

A statement on the ETIAS website adds: "At the moment there are no visas for US citizens traveling to Europe for short-stays for tourism or visiting relatives due to the agreements between the two world powers but from 2021, traveling to Europe from United States of America will require an ETIAS visa in order to gain entry to the Schengen Area".

The US has been in a dispute with the EU's European Parliament and European Commission over visas for Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus. The move is meant to improve security, "to avoid any further problems with illegal migration and terrorism", the ETIAS visa website says.

U.S. citizens visiting parts of Europe will need authorization from the European Union come 2021.

The visa will cost a one-time fee of about €7, or about $7 to $8, according to a release from the European Union.

US citizens will need to register with EITAS to visit parts of Europe starting in 2021
Americans will need visa to visit Europe starting 2021

The European Union announced past year that before entry, travelers from all visa-free countries, including the United States, will need to preregister and pay a small application fee using the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), a system designed "to strengthen security checks on those persons who travel visa-free to the EU", according to a fact sheet from the European Commission.

"Completing the online application should not take more than 10 minutes with automatic approval being given in over 95% of cases", the European Commission said in a statement.

"The ETIAS authorisation is not a visa", the commission said. Soon, though, people from all of those countries will need to apply through ETIAS if they want to go to the Schengen Area.

For more information on how to apply for the ETIAS visa, visit their website here.

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