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New Travel Law in 2021 | Facts You Need to Know

New travel law 2021 to visit Schengen countries for Americans will take effect in Jan 2021. Need to know ahead of time, must do an application. ouritalianjourney.com

New travel law in 2021!

Be aware of the new travel law in 2021 – starting in January! The European Union has created a new system called European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS. This new system will require a pre-travel screening of travelers to enter the Schengen Area.

 

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Why is The Process Changing?

First of all, with consistent terrorism threats, the EU has decided to implement a travel authorization program to strengthen and protect its borders. As a result, by having people register, the EU will be able to identify any possible threats ahead of time.

New travel law 2021 to visit Schengen countries for Americans will take effect in Jan 2021. Need to know ahead of time, must do an application. ouritalianjourney.com

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The Schengen Area

The Schengen Area currently consists of 22 countries. Also included are four non-EU countries and three European micro-states that make up the Schengen Area. So, what exactly is a Schengen area? It is European countries that do not have internal borders and allow people to move freely between them.

Consequently, you will need to register starting in 2021 to enter:

  • Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
  • In addition, the micro-states of San Marino, Vatican City, and Monaco will also require registering.
  • Also, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Cyprus aren’t currently Schengen countries, but they are in the process of joining and therefore will be subject to the same requirements.

Most noteworthy, there are other countries that will not require ETIAS. They are:

  • Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

 

US citizens can currently travel to Europe for up to 90 days on their US passports without any sort of travel authorization. ETIAS will definitely change that in January 2021. You will need to request ETIAS authorization before visiting the Schengen Area.

 



The Application for New Travel Law in 2021

Your ETIAS application if approved will be valid for three years. The cost is €7,00 or about $8.00 online. The online application is supposed to be straight forward and takes approximately 10-minutes to complete. Per the European Commission, they said that approval is given in over 95% of the time. It has been made clear in their released information that this authorization is not to be considered a visa.

 

Here is a great link for additional official information:
ETIAS Requirments

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Who is Affected?

The United States isn’t the only country affected by these changes. Sixty countries will be required to apply for the ETIAS before entering a Schengen Area as a result of this new law. Such countries include Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, and Israel.

Will I Need to Reapply For Each Visit?

In conclusion, after the initial application, ETIAS will be valid for three years — or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. You will not need to reapply for each visit. ETIAS is valid for short-term stays of up to 90-days for both leisure and business travelers.

Especially relevant is the fact that this new law doesn’t pertain to those who want to work or students who want to study in Europe due to the fact they must apply for a proper visa. That is entirely a different process.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Bernice Clark
    January 9, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for the information!

  • Reply
    M.P.
    January 11, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Azerbaijan Turkey Ukraine and such are NOT in Europe.

    • Reply
      imodica
      January 12, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you, I have corrected and updated the post.

  • Reply
    Mark Hinshaw
    January 12, 2020 at 5:01 am

    Question for Gary:

    Since you had all the relevant documents for JS Citizenship and you knew you wanted to live in Italy, why did you spend all that time and money getting citizenship while you were still in the U.S.?

    We are in a similar situation, as my wife qualifies for JS citizenship. We have lived here for over 2 years and are legal residents, with insurance, car, health system cards, identity cards, tax codes, and all the other necessary documentation.

    But here’s s the thing: once you live here, you can apply and receive your JS citizenship in a matter of a FEW MONTHS! You simply go to your comune, they handle the processing. No attorneys. No waiting. Minimal cost.
    (In our case, we were doing so many other things to settle in, she simply put off applying. This month she will just walk up the street to the comune and see the anagrafa. Easy.)

    Mark

    • Reply
      imodica
      January 14, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      Mark, We could have started the process in Italy but since we owned a house and still had jobs, we filed through the Los Angeles Consulate. Once you start the process in a Consulate – you must finish the process through them. Since we are currently residing half a year in each country, we decided it would be better to go through the process in America since we needed to be registered in the AIRE program. I hope that makes sense and answers your question. Gary

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