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This week, the European Union released information about its new visa program, the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). The ETIAS program will require international travelers to pay a €7 fee (approx. $7.42) to enter the European Union. Program fees will go towards increasing border security. Travelers can expect the program to go become effective starting in 2023.

Application Process

To apply to ETIAS, visitors will have the option to do so on mobile or web. Both platforms will allow travelers to apply, pay the fee, and receive their confirmation that they are cleared to enter Europe.

The application itself will require the following information:

  • passport or equivalent document information,
  • the first EU country you intend to visit
  • background questions- any previous criminal record, presence in conflict zones, and any orders to leave a territory

The application is a fairly quick process taking no more than 10 minutes.  EU officials expect 95 percent of travelers to be confirmed within minutes. Anyone who is denied access will have the ability to appeal. Once approved, it will remain effective for three years.