Remember to register for Europe--soon!
I don't know about you, but I'm sorely missing international travel, especially to Europe. Did you know that next year, we were supposed to start registering for our trips to Europe? Thanks to covid, that process has been delayed to 2023, but I did want to give you a heads up in preparation. Here's some things you need to know:
1. Why is Europe implementing this? Due to increase terror threats, the European Union has decided to monitor every visitor entering its countries. The European Travel and Information Authorization System (ETIAS) is equivalent to the ESTA that other countries need to fill out before traveling to our country.
2. What countries does this include? It includes most Schengen countries--26 countries. To make it simpler, most of Western Europe will be looped into this requirement.
3. When does it really start? End of 2022, and will have a 6 month transition period going into 2023.
4. How can I apply? Once the system is up and running, there will be a website with a 10 minute application. It will cost 7 euros per application. But here's the awesome part--the application is good for 3 years, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. You will not need to re-apply for every European visit during this time frame, as long as your visit doesn't extend past 90 days.
5. Is it only us in the United States that needs to apply for this? Nope, there are many other countries including Australia and Canada, that will also need to undergo this process to visit.
And now you have the 411 :) Remember, we won't need to worry about this for a few years, but always good to stay abreast of changes. And as always, I will keep you informed when you start planning your 2022/2023 trips with me.
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