Americans Will Need Visas to Visit Europe in 2021
Update: Is this a Visa? We think it is a de-facto Visa even if the EU is trying to call it something else. We also don’t have an issue with it. More on our thoughts here.
US citizens traveling to Europe will soon need to apply for a visa. The new system called ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) will be required for travel to Europe starting from 2021. Similar to other countries and regions in the world Europe has recently decided to improve their security level to avoid any further problems with illegal migration and terrorism.
At the moment, Americans traveling to Europe for less than 90 days don’t need any sort of visa.
The new ETIAS visa will be valid for three years and Americans won’t have to apply every time they want to visit. It will be valid for multiple entries in the 22 countries in the Schengen Zone. If you’re visiting the U.K., you will not need to apply for this visa.
UPDATE: The EU is claiming that this should not be considered a Visa.