According to the ETIAS website, all visitors who previously traveled visa-free to Europe, such as those from the United States, Australia and many others, will also need an approved ETIAS to enter ETIAS member countries.
European Union officials have sought to clarify travel regulations for U.S. citizens after a series of inaccurate reports circulated earlier this week mistakenly saying that USA citizens will soon have to apply for visas to visit the area.
Travel + Leisure reports USA nationals will need a passport and a credit or debit card to apply for a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) permit that will allow them to visit Europe for less than 90 days. In June 2018, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Commission imposing visas on USA citizens.
The EU announced the policy change Friday, describing it as an effort to boost security and deal with terrorism and illegal migration. Inaccurate news reports have recently stated that the EU's ETIAS is a visa program.
To be clear: The European Commission states unequivocally in a fact sheet on its website that "the ETIAS authorisation is not a visa" (emphasis theirs). "They carry out pre-travel screening for travellers benefiting from visa-free access".
Americans hoping to travel to Europe in the near future will be required to pay and apply for a new type of visa.
When enrolling in ETIAS, a person's passport must be valid for three months after the intended stay. They fully expect that 95 percent of the requests for an ETIAS will be granted, leaving travelers to move about Europe for three years, or until their passport expires if that happens before three years.
ETIAS is a border control system created by the European Commission, which works to secure borders around the EU.
For Americans, the ETIAS will be a simple and easy process compared to the work and time involved with a Schengen Visa.
The online application will include submitting information on your passport, background and personal data and paying a €7 fee (for travellers between 18 and 70 years old), or $7.87 United States dollars.
At least one news outlet linked to information from ETIASVisa.com while citing the European Union.