Technology has made our lives easier; an example of it is the availability of visa applications online. Using the European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS, American citizens can now travel to Europe with more security starting 2021. To know what you should prepare for obtaining an etias, here is a list to help you out.
Things to Prepare
Any interested U.S. citizen should have their credit card, email account, and valid passport ready. Without these, the application for an ETIAS can be denied. You should also check the validity of your passport. The immigration requires that the passport should still be valid for around three months longer than their intended stay in their country of choice. You should also keep in mind that if your passport is over ten years old, it may not be considered to be valid anymore.
The ETIAS has a three-year validity, which will allow you to travel to many European countries without much problem as it aims to heighten the level of security while boosting the country’s tourism. Once approved, you will receive an ETIAS confirmation email.
How to Apply
The application process is quite simple. All you have to do is complete an online registration form in the ETIAS site. During this time, you will be asked simple personal information as well as passport details. There will also be some security questions that are rather basic. Doing so will allow the European immigration to have a first look at all the travelers and confirm their identities before allowing them to board a plane. The payment method for the application is also convenient because it uses a debit or credit card through a secure payment platform online.
Traveling with ETIAS
As of writing, there is still no available visa for any American who wishes to travel to Europe and stay there for some time. Obtaining an ETIAS starting in 2021 will allow you to enter the Schengen Area in Europe. Aside from this added security measure, restrictions and regulations shall still be implemented when you travel to Europe.
If you are planning a Europe tour in the future, it may be wise to apply for an ETIAS as soon as it becomes available. It will become an obligation for anyone who will travel to Europe, so it is better to prepare for it early.
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