ETIAS Visa Waiver for Europe: What You Need to Know About the Schengen Visitation Requirements for 2021 by Sheri B Doyle

ETIAS Visa Waiver for Europe: What You Need to Know About the Schengen Visitation Requirements for 2021

For years Americans have been able to jump on a plane and visit the Schengen countries for 90 days without a visa or prior travel authorization. In 2021, the 26 countries forming the Schengen zone will require all visitors to enroll for European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) authorization before visiting. For most of us visiting these European countries it should be a quick and easy process. Here are the quick facts:

  • The ETIAS requirement is for the pre-travel screening for security and migration risks of all travelers entering the Schengen countries without visas.
  • The ETIAS authorization will only cost $8 per person and will be valid for three years.
  • The ETIAS application form should take about 10 minutes to complete and each person will be instantly approved or denied.
  • They will request things like personal data, passport information, first destination when entering Schengen countries and background questions including any criminal history.

The 26 Schengen countries (countries that have no internal border security) are: 

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Croatia is working toward joining in 2020 or 2021.

Photo: Boundary of the Schengen area

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Donna John
This is good to know! Hopefully I will need to apply. :-) Thanks, @Sheri. You always have the best information.
Elisa Schmitz
There has been so much confusion around this new development. Thank you for clearing it up, Sheri B Doyle !
Sheri B Doyle
I know many people were worried they would have to start applying for Visas so it is nice to know the process will be easy when we want to spend time in the Schengen countries.

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