According to this year's Henley Passport Index, US citizens currently have visa-free entry to 184 countries throughout the world.
Next year, the European Union will put in place the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). All visitors from visa-free nations, including the United States, will be required to get travel authorization before departure.
The length of time that US tourists can spend in Europe as tourists is not changing, which is a relief for them. The current arrangement, which enables holders of US passports to stay for up to 90 days within 180 days, will be maintained. A special visa is necessary for any travel lasting more than 90 days.
ETIAS, which is not a regular visa, will entail an online application process with approval provided by email. Visitors to Europe will be required to fill out an online form containing biographical information, trip plans, and travel history, as well as security questions.
Although many Americans were concerned about having to wait for another travel document when the program was first announced, as more information about ETIAS becomes accessible, many passengers have expressed relief at how simple the procedure is. Most candidates will be approved within an hour, but some may have to wait up to four days if their application requires additional scrutiny.
The new measures are being put in place to help "identify security, irregular migration, or high epidemic risks posed by visa-exempt visitors," according to the European Commission's website.
When ETIAS begins, 30 countries, largely in Europe, will require travel authorizations. When entering these countries, you must present border authorities with your passport, ETIAS documents, and any other entry requirements.
"It's only fair because the US makes it more difficult for Europeans and people of other nationalities to visit the US," said Nicki Post, a well-known travel blogger and YouTuber
The precise date when the new travel permission will become mandatory is unknown at this time.
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