Americans Soon To Be Required To Obtain Advance Authorization To Visit Europe

Effective January 1, 2021, Americans will be required to obtain an advance authorization to visit most of Europe, including all 26 countries in the Schengen zone with the exception of the U.K. This means that in order to visit popular tourist and business locations such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland, Americans will need to apply under the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) for this advance authorization.


  1. Currently 38 European countries can travel to the U.S. on the United States’ ESTA program without a visa for 90 days.

  2. The ETIAS system is technically not a visa and it is an online visa waiver much like ESTA.

  3. When applying for an ETIAS, you must have a valid passport, a credit or debit card, and an email account.