If you've been keeping up with the news, you may be aware that a new requirement to travel to Europe is projected to go into effect in 2024. This requirement is known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).
This is a travel authorization form, not to be confused with a visa. It's being introduced for increased border security—the electronic system will keep track of who's coming and going. At this time, the European Union hasn't released a specific date for when this requirement will go into effect, but it could be as early as the beginning of 2024.
Passport holders from over 60 visa-exempt countries (including the U.S. and Canada) will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to visit 30 European countries. That means that even if you’ve previously traveled to any of these European countries without a visa, starting in 2024, you’ll need to get ETIAS authorization to visit them again. If you’re traveling to multiple countries requiring the ETIAS, you only need to complete the form once.
Once available, the ETIAS application process can be completed online, and it's expected to be easy to fill out. You’ll be asked to provide basic personal details, travel plans, and passport information. The travel authorization will cost 7 euros. Most applications will be processed and approved within four days, unless more information is requested. Approved ETIAS submissions will remain valid for three years or until the date of the applicant's passport expiration date, whichever is sooner. Travelers won't receive physical documentation once approved, rather the confirmation is linked to the passport.
All Ultimate Break travelers are responsible for obtaining their own ETIAS travel authorization before departure. We'll continue to update this article as more details become available. You should also keep checking the "Entry Requirements" section of your online account or mobile app for updates on this and other travel requirements for your particular destination.
For more information, refer to the European Union's official ETIAS website.