11.03.2019  Visa-free entry to Europe

11.03.2019  Visa-free entry to Europe

Things are about to change for some citizens who had visa-free entry to Europe.

Starting 2021 they will need permits to travel to the EU. They will be able to buy a 3 year authorisation for only €7. That will allow them to travel freely between 26 European countries, excluding the UK and Ireland.

Sadly, data showed that the biggest destination of US travellers is actually the UK. It was never part of the visa-free travel zone & will now probably have to make new arrangements after Brexit.

This new procedure is called European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS).It is a completely electronic  system that will keep track of visitors from country who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen zone.

The purpose of this new requirement is to better address the challenges posed by terrorism & to raise revenue for the EU.

To read more about ETIAS go to https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/ and see if your country is one of the 61 targeted.