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VISA required for European travel starting in 2021

I've never had to get a visa in any of the countries I've visited in the past, will this have any effect on American's traveling or is just a simple procedure to fill out an form and pay a fee before you travel?

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Donald, refer to two other threads on this forum in the past two days, which cover the matter quite well.

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Donald, it'll be the same as what we have to currently do in order to visit the US. It's called an ESTA and is applied online, fill in your personal details, answer questions about criminal convictions, drugs etc and submit with a payment of $14 per person. It can take some time filling it out for an entire family but certainly preferable to visiting a US embassy. The European version will be similar but free for under 18's and I believe valid for 3 years as opposed to the 2 year validity for an ESTA.

Personally I'm disappointed that the US never relaxed the ESTA requirement for those citizens from countries that don't request anything from US visitors other than a valid passport.

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Norma, I know where one of those threads is (under General Europe and has veered off topic) but can't seem to find the other one now. ????

I wish they'd quite calling this a visa. As JC said, it's similar to ESTA.

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I deleted the second thread (mine) as it was redundant.

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Stand by for more posts asking for details on the same subject.

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I blame two things for the redundancy of these posts: 1. the poor quality of the search feature on this forum, and 2. the fact that posters don't even bother to search for prior posts on the same subject before they post.

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I deleted the second thread (mine) as it was redundant.

Ah, that explains it. Thanks, Alan.
Norma, lots of standing by already for "What will Brexit do to my trip" questions, eh? C'mon, UK RS'ers, where are your crystal balls??!!! 🙄

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I wish we could forward all the plaintive queries about Brexit to the ever-charming Theresa May.

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12107 posts

I've seen similar confusion from some first-timers to the U.S. who think ESTA is a visa.
This oughta be fun.

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I wish we could forward all the plaintive queries about Brexit to the ever-charming Theresa May.

Her answers would probably be about as good as anyone's.

U.S. citizens traveling to Europe will shortly need to apply for an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) visa waiver which is the new travel authorization for Europe that will come into effect from 2021. Similar to other countries and regions in the world, Europe has recently decided to improve its security level to avoid any further problems with illegal immigration and terrorism. This means that from 2021, all Americans traveling to a European country in the Schengen Zone will be in need of an ETIAS.

Etias for Americans:

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Dorothy,

Thank you for posting relevant and on topic information!

2021 is going to be a most interesting year for international travel.

Travel safe,

One Fast Bob

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The website posted above by the first time poster is not the official ETIAS website. The official one is

http://www.etias.com

Currently you will only need an ETIAS for Schengen countries and not all EU countries. (Although that may come later.)

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Without trying to be political . . .

Please do not blame Ms. May. It was David Cameron who called for the referendum, thinking (i guess) that it would be voted down and end the discussions. Well, guess what . . . May just tried to deal with the mess he created.

Now to being political - what the Dems will have to do post-trump. . . . deal with the . . . .