The forthcoming European Travel Information and Authorisation System will charge €7 (about $8) for would-be visitors from "visa-free" countries to complete the required application online. But those suffering from wanderlust shouldn't stress too much.
Reports from British media outlet, Daily Mail, reveals that the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will issue visas to American travelers who have the interest to tour European Schengen Area. Popular tourist destinations like France, Italy, and Spain are all in the Schengen Area.
To apply for a visa, Americans will need a valid passport, an email account, and a credit or debit card. But once the paperwork is retrieved, traveling likely won't be all that different than it is today.
Currently, U.S. citizens traveling to Europe for 90 days or less do not need a visa. Registration will take place online.
A statement on the ETIAS website adds: "At the moment there are no visas for US citizens traveling to Europe for short-stays for tourism or visiting relatives due to the agreements between the two world powers but from 2021, traveling to Europe from United States of America will require an ETIAS visa in order to gain entry to the Schengen Area. They carry out pre-travel screening for travellers benefiting from visa-free access". The validity will be for a period of three years, significantly longer than the validity of a Schengen visa.
After eligibility and risk factors are checked by the system, the applicant can have a travel visa authorized potentially up to three years.
According to the ETIAS website, the European Union imposed the rules to "improve their security level" over issues of 'illegal migration and terrorism'.
'All in all, the ETIAS authorization will make travelling to the European Union less of a hassle and a much safer experience, ' the website claims.