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Future Change to European Travel

Last week it was widely announced in the media that beginning in 2021 U.S. citizens would need a “Europe visa” to travel to the Schengen area of Europe. This terminology was a bit confusing. While 2021 is still a long way off, we wanted to take this opportunity to be clear about what is happening as it stands today.

What will U.S. citizens be required to do?

U.S. citizens, as well as citizens of the other 60 countries currently able to enter the Schengen area without a visa, will be required to complete an online application requesting authorization before visiting the Schengen area.

When does this new requirement go into effect?

On an as yet unspecified date in 2021

Does this apply to both leisure and business travelers?


What is the Schengen area?

The Schengen area is a zone of 26 European countries that do not have internal borders and allow people to move between them freely. The countries 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, and Switzerland. 

How do travelers receive authorization?

Complete a brief online form (web address to be determined)

How long is the authorization good for?

Three years

How long does it take to receive the authorization?

The online authorization form will be checked against multiple security databases. In about 95% of cases authorization will be received within minutes. In the remaining 5% the requestor will be advised of the delay 

What does the registration cost?

7 Euros (about $8) payable with a credit or debit card.

How long can I stay in the Schengen area with this authorization?

U.S. citizens will be allowed to travel to the Schengen area as often as they like so long as they do not remain there more than 90 days in any 180-day period. Longer stays require a traditional visa process.

Why is this authorization going to be required?

The authorization process is in response to continued security concerns with terrorism and the migrant crisis.

For more information about the ETIAS pre-screening application process and required documentation, visit the Schengen Visa Information site.

TLC will continue to monitor for updates and share information as the time for implementation grows closer and details are finalized.  

My best,


Elizabeth Farmer 
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