Frequently Asked Questions About
ETIAS, Europe's Entry System

The new ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) is coming in 2024. Guidelines for American travelers visiting any of the 26 countries in the Schengen zone are changing due to ongoing factors. Both seasoned and novice travelers are beginning to have questions regarding requirements and updates.

Amid these changes, we want you to feel prepared for every journey ahead. CIBTvisas is here to help travelers navigate ETIAS, as well as answer any questions every step of the way. Check out our short list of FAQs to guide you through the transition.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is there a fee associated with ETIAS?
    The ETIAS application can be completed online or via an app on a mobile device. Mail or postal applications are not accepted. There is a €7 processing fee. For each ETIAS application, you will need to supply personal information including your phone number and email address.
  2. Am I charged every time I enter and leave?
    The short answer is no. The visa waiver you purchase and receive through ETIAS will be valid for three years (or until your passport expires, whichever occurs first), and valid for all ETIAS member countries. There is no limit to the number of times you may enter ETIAS countries within that period.
  3. Am I charged between countries in Europe?
    Remember that only one approved ETIAS is required per traveler to visit all ETIAS member countries. There is no need to apply for an ETIAS for each member country you visit. An approved ETIAS will cover all visits to ETIAS member countries regardless.
  4. When does this actually go into effect?
    The launch of ETIAS has been delayed several times since it was announced. It is currently scheduled to become mandatory in 2024.
  5. Why is Europe doing this?
    Unfortunately in recent years, terrorist attacks have become more prevalent in various European countries. Due to this rise in violence, there is a need for improved security measures. The goal of ETIAS is to protect member countries, gather information on travelers who travel visa-free to the European Union, and guarantee individuals posing security concerns are identified before they are permitted to travel to Schengen countries. .
  6. Does it matter how long I am staying? Example: two days vs. two months?
    The ETIAS visa waiver you receive will be valid for three years, or up until the date of passport expiration (whichever comes first). It can be used for stays of up to 90 days in duration within a period of 180 days. After 90 days, you would need a separate travel Europe visa to extend your stay for an additional 90 days. 
  7. Will this fee be applied to children as well?
    A fee will not be charged for anyone under the age of 18 or over 70.
  8. How would I start the process of obtaining an ETIAS or staying in the know?
    It’s best to keep ETIAS top-of-mind for future trips to Europe. Although completing your online application form will take less than 10 minutes, you may not receive a decision from the system until 96 hours after you submit your application. A small percentage of applications may take up to four weeks to process if additional documentation is required from the applicant. Ultimately, the border authorities make the final decision regarding whether or not you can enter the Schengen zone.
  9. When did Europe begin thinking about doing this?
    About five years ago, the ETIAS plan started to develop.

We’re Here to Help

Please continue to stay tuned for the ETIAS launch date and requirements. Should you have additional questions apart from our FAQs, visit our ETIAS page.

Our team here at CIBTvisas is more than happy to connect with you about ETIAS and walk you through next steps. Contact us today to get started!

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