Whether your dream is to take a Lizzie McGuire-inspired trip to Italy or hope to find yourself under the lights of the Eiffel Tower, North American travellers should prepare to spend a couple of extra dollars on their next overseas adventure.

As confirmed by the EU, several countries from Austria to Switzerland will soon introduce a European Travel Information Authorization System or ETIAS for short.

 

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Meant to “reduce procedures and wait times, as well as address the security concerns,” this new program will ensure that who live in the United States, Canada and the UK (just to name a few) have been given further clearance before entering one of the following countries.

These destinations include:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

 

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“We need to know who is crossing our borders.” they wrote on Schengenvisainfo.com. “This way we will know who is travelling to Europe before they even get here.”

Luckily, each application will only cost €7 (or $9.50 CAD), will be good for up to 3 years, and won’t actually be necessary until November 1st, 2023.

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To apply, all you need is 10 minutes, a valid passport and the personal information of whoever is travelling. This will not need to be done for anyone under 18 years of age.

For more information on ETIAS, we’d recommend checking out this website here. Otherwise, Bon Voyage!

Here’s to many trips in 2023!