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What You Need to Know About the ETIAS

What You Need to Know About the ETIAS

March 28, 2019

As a SYTA member, we want you to be abreast of what’s happening globally. SYTA president Justin M. Shuler outlines some things to be aware of moving forward, regarding the 2021 ETIAS requirement.

Keeping our members informed on changes that affect travel is one of the most important obligations we have as an association. One such update coming down the pipeline is set to become a requirement as early as 2021.

The European Union (EU) has recently created the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). The ETIAS is visa waiver system designed to protect and strengthen the borders of the 26 countries associated with the Schengen Zone.

The visa waiver is intended for short-term visitors from 60 eligible countries, including but not limited to the United States of America, Canada, Japan and Costa Rica. Valid for business and leisure travel of up to 90 days, the ETIAS can be used—once applied for and granted—for three years or until the passport used during application expires.

Each applicant will be requested to meet the following Europe visa requirements:

  • A passport with a validity of a minimum three months from the date of arrival.
  • A debit or credit card to pay the ETIAS application fee.
  • A current email address to which the approved ETIAS visa will be delivered.

All applicants will be expected to provide the following biographical information:

  • First name(s)
  • Surname or family name
  • Maiden name (if applicable)
  • Usual name(s)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality

In addition to the above requirements, each traveler will be asked to answer security and health-related questions.

Finally, it is also useful to remember that all U.S. citizens are required to obtain an ETIAS visa to travel to Europe. This includes all minors, who will also have to apply for an ETIAS to enter the Schengen Zone.

Additional details and updates are available at ETIAS Visa for Europe.

Justin M. Shuler
Group Travel Network


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