Starting in 2025, U.S. passport holders traveling to Europe will need to apply for authorization through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) before their visit.
The new rules were due to take effect in 2024, but EU officials announced Friday that their rollout would be delayed until the following year.
While American nationals currently benefit visa-free access For most EU countries, this convenience will change once the new law comes into effect. Similar to the US electronic travel authorization system (ESTA), ETIAS aims to strengthen security and facilitate smoother entry for travelers.
ETIAS is an electronic travel authorization linked to the traveler’s passport. It grants short-term entry into European countries for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. However, an ETIAS does not guarantee automatic entry. Upon arrival, a border guard will check whether you meet the entry requirements.
To apply for an ETIAS, you can complete the application form on the official ETIAS website or use the mobile application. The cost of the application is $7.79, but some travelers may be exempt from paying this fee.
The ETIAS travel authorization is valid for up to three years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Remember that you must have a valid ETIAS for the duration of your stay, and that exits and entries are permitted provided you respect the 90-day stay limit within 180 days.
For more information, Boundless has developed a detailed guide to ETIAS.