European Entry Fee Requirements Delayed Until 2024 – Everything you Need to Know


There’s news for those looking to explore Europe in the near future. Whether you’re hoping for a shopping spree  or looking to discover the iconic sights of Paris – there are a few things to note. We discuss all things you need to know about the new European Travel Information and Authorization System.

A new system will be implemented in 2024, which will impact those looking to visit Europe. Unfortunately, there will be a new loop to jump through in order to travel; known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System, more commonly known as ETIAS. While this was originally planned to be implemented back in 2022, the program has been postponed to 2024. This, however, is subject to change, and dates are yet to be confirmed.

So what is ETIAS? The new system is simply an electronic visa waiver that is the European Union’s alternative to the USA’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).  Therefore those who are travelling from countries whose citizens don’t require a special visa to enter Europe will now need to register with ETIAS prior to their trip. This is in order to show that you may visit and enter Europe.

Which countries will require an ETIAS? Currently, ETIAS registration will be mandatory upon arrival at the borders of multiple European countries. The majority of popular travel destinations are part of the Schengen Agreement and the European Union, although several other countries within Europe are not part of either schemes. This can obviously cause some confusion for travellers, and raises the question which countries will actually require an ETIAS authorization for entry?

The following European countries will be using the new ETIAS scheme launching in 2024: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria*, Croatia, Cyprus*, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania*, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. *While these countries are not yet deemed part of the Schengen agreement, they all aspire to join in the near future and therefore will require an ETIAS authorization prior to border entry.

ETIAS authorization will also be required if you want to visit the following micro-states: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City – all of which are de facto part of the Schengen Area.

Which individuals will need to register with ETIAS to travel to Europe? This new scheme applied to citizens of approximately 60 visa-exempt countries. This includes the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and much of South America and the Caribbean.

How do I apply for an ETIAS? Although the process is yet to be confirmed, it appears that the ETIAS application will be entirely online.

Similar to other visa applications, the following information will be required from travellers – personal data, passport information, answers to background questions, and your travel destination. Applications will be processed within a matter of minutes upon submitting the required information. You will be immediately informed if your application is flagged for any reason.

When should I register for an ETIAS? Once the ETIAS system is officially in place, the European Commission will implement a grace period in order for travellers, border authorities and travel companies to adjust to the new rules and requirements. However, don’t be caught short! After the scheme is up and running, don’t make the mistake of turning up at the airport without your ETIAS document – you will be denied entry. Although the system should confirm your documentation in a matter of minutes, we would definitely plan ahead. We would recommend processing your application a few weeks prior to your trip.

Is there a fee for ETIAS registration? It has been suggested that the fee for ETIAS registration is €7 (approximately $7.46) per individual – for those aged between 18 and 70. Those aged under 18, and over 70 are likely to be exempt from paying a fee for an ETIAS, although this is yet to be officially confirmed. Despite being exempt from fees, all travellers much have valid ETIAS documents.

Will I have to apply for an ETIAS every time I plan to visit a European country? There’s good news! Once your ETIAS registration is approved, your application will be valid for 3 years. Although it is important to note, that if your passport expires during the 3 years, you will need to submit a new ETIAS application. These ETIAS waivers are consistent with the existing tourist visa rules and are intended for stays of 90 or less within a 180-day period.

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