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Visa Waiver Program Authorization for France

Was looking at booking RT tickets to Paris and got this - never saw this before:

Important Information about your trip
You must obtain authorization online for all travel to, from, or through the United States. This measure applies to residents of all countries in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Regulatory information is required by the authorities in your destination country. After completing your booking, you can go to "Your reservations" on the Air France website to provide these details.

Has anyone run into this? We never have before and not sure what it is.

Posted by
900 posts

It's referring to ESTA requirement for foreigners to enter the US. It doesn't apply to you if you are a US citizen. It's a warning that shows up for anyone booked on a flight to the US.

Posted by
9777 posts

Mary is exactly right. If you are an American citizen, this message isn't meant for you.

Posted by
1168 posts

Kind of what I thought but it's the first time we have seen it pop up and we travel quite a bit. Thanks!

Posted by
900 posts

I see that message pop up when I am booking flights using non-us/European airlines. Never shows up when I book a flight to Europe via Delta for example.

Posted by
8171 posts

At some point the plan is too apply this to US citizens as well but the date keeps getting pushed back. I think right now the plan is to implement in 2025. We shall see.

Posted by
1393 posts

“ At some point the plan is too apply this to US citizens as well but the date keeps getting pushed back”

Are you sure? That would be quite odd. Why would US citizens need to obtain permission to travel to the US?
Or are you confusing the ESTA for the US, which this question is about, with the still to be introduced ETIAS for the EU?

Posted by
8171 posts

yes I am in fact confusing the two -- the EU is about to require US citizens to do a formal visa waiver application and that has been pushed back to 2025 -- sorry for the confusion.

Europe is moving to increase the hassles to American tourists because of the generally aggressive nasty way foreign visitors to the US are treated including requiring visa waivers instead of admitting tourists from certain countries without as Europe now does for US citizens.

Posted by
1393 posts

“Europe is moving to increase the hassles to American tourists because of the generally aggressive nasty way foreign visitors to the US are treated”

The reason the EU will introduce ETIAS is not to get back at the USA. When introduced, ETIAS will apply to all nationalities that don’t require a visa, from Australias to Canadians and from Japanese to Argentinians.

Posted by
284 posts

Agree with Dutch_Traveler. I haven't seen this come up with our flights, although original booking through Delta. Now using Air France app for all arrangements. I've also heard that the ESTIA will be delayed until 2025

Posted by
7659 posts

Europe is moving to increase the hassles to American tourists because of the generally aggressive nasty way foreign visitors to the US are treated including requiring visa waivers instead of admitting tourists from certain countries without as Europe now does for US citizens.

Wherever this line of thought came from, is way off base (to put it politely). No one is trying to "hassle" Americans, it is not in retaliation for what the US is doing to Europeans, Americans are not being singled out. When EITAS goes into effect, it will apply to all 61 countries that the Schengen area has Visa Waiver agreements with.

EITAS is not a visa or "visa waiver" it is simply a system to collect much of the same information that they asked at entry today, but do it ahead of time, and possibly verify. It will be quick and easy, answer some questions, pay a small fee, you get a response quickly, your good for a couple years or so.

The delays have been tied, in part, to the launch of the EES (Entry/Exit System) to be used Schengen wide. With that, you will simply scan your passport, probably smile at a camera, it will compare it with your EITAS information, and you are in. No talking to an officer, no stamps, your entry and exit is recorded. Obviously, getting something implemented across 29 independent countries, some EU, some not, is not easy.