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Old 03-09-2019, 01:40 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Beginning Jan. 21, 2021, all Americans looking to travel to a European Schengen-zone country, including France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and others, will need ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) authorization. This includes minors.

https://www.etiasvisa.com/etias-requirements/americans
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Old 03-09-2019, 03:03 AM
 
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It’s not a visa. It’s a permit. You go to a web site, pay 7 Euros, fill out the form, it does a security check, and you save/print the permit. It’s supposed to be a couple of minutes. If you fail the security screening, it’s processed manually and a human decides if you can be admitted to Europe. I imagine you will be asked for your etias permit number along with your passport information when you check in for a flight to Europe. No different from entering your known traveler number for TSA Pre.

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/

I’m wondering about DUI convictions. Those already keep you out of Canada unless you jump through hoops. Another reason to never drink and drive.

7 Euros isn’t gonna kill me. Way cheaper and less hassle than getting TSA Pre, Global Entry, or NEXUS. I’ve had visa applications that were a PITA and required a trip to the consulate. This is trivial.
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Old 03-09-2019, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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The ETIAS system is similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) the United States uses for countries in the Visa Waiver.

So ETIAS is just a visa waiver system, although as already pointed out it cost seven euros.

Anyone travelling to the US from most of Europe requires an ESTA Visa Waive fot stays of less than 90 daysr, which you can fill in on-line, and it seems the EU is now bringing in a similar system, although I think there are other more effective ways for the EU to improve border security including the scrapping of Schenghen.

A full visa is required for those staying over 90 days in the US and will also be the case under the new ETIAS system.

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Old 03-09-2019, 05:47 AM
 
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The ETIAS system is similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) the United States uses for countries in the Visa Waiver.

So ETIAS is just a visa waiver system, although as already pointed out it cost seven euros.

Anyone travelling to the US from most of Europe requires an ESTA Visa Waive fot stays of less than 90 daysr, which you can fill in on-line, and it seems the EU is now bringing in a similar system, although I think there are other more effective ways for the EU to improve border security including the scrapping of Schenghen.

A full visa is required for those staying over 90 days in the US and will also be the case under the new ETIAS system.
Can I assume that there is/will be a charge for the ETIAS visa waiver?
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Old 03-09-2019, 06:40 AM
 
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Can I assume that there is/will be a charge for the ETIAS visa waiver?
Seven Euros by all accounts, however on the bright side it's a lot cheaper and more hassle free than a visa.
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Old 03-09-2019, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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I have several business trips to Germany in a year, but my employer will pay for it anyways.

Bear in mind that, although it’s only seven euros, and it’s an easy process, they’ll only keep making it more expensive and difficult to obtain over the years.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:43 AM
 
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I have several business trips to Germany in a year, but my employer will pay for it anyways.

Bear in mind that, although itís only seven euros, and itís an easy process, theyíll only keep making it more expensive and difficult to obtain over the years.


Oh I don't know. Tourism brings in big money to many EU nations, don't think anyone seriously wants to kill that golden egg laying goose.
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Old 03-09-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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Beginning Jan. 21, 2021, all Americans looking to travel to a European Schengen-zone country, including France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and others, will need ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) authorization. This includes minors.

https://www.etiasvisa.com/etias-requirements/americans

The CNN article says minors don't need the visa.


"Minors, the website said, will still only need their normal passports to travel after the visas go into effect."


https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/u...021/index.html
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Old 03-09-2019, 11:15 AM
 
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Sounds similar as Australia ETA visa required for USA visitors.

A bit of 'reciprocal' pay-back.

Govt's like anything to do with increasing their pay collection.

Agree it is a PITA for travelers. Especially when you don't know ahead of time.
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Old 03-09-2019, 11:24 AM
 
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The CNN article says minors don't need the visa.


"Minors, the website said, will still only need their normal passports to travel after the visas go into effect."


https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/u...021/index.html
None of the info provided in this thread actually comes from an official source. Here is the main page from the EU website:

European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Security Union: Commission welcomes the European Parliament's adoption of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and a stronger eu-LISA Agency

My understanding is that all travelers will need an ETIAS authorization but minors wonít need to pay the 7 euro fee.
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