CNN Breaking News – US citizens traveling to Europe will require a visa from 2021

CNN Breaking News – US citizens traveling to Europe will require a visa from 2021

American travelers will have a new requirement to consider before taking a trip to Europe in 2021.US citizens will have to get a new type of visa through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to visit the European Schengen Area, according to the European Union’s announcement on Friday.The US had been in a disagreement with the European Parliament and European Commission, CNN reports, over visa requirements it has for citizens from five EU member nations:  Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus.The European Commission called for the US to reciprocate visa-free status to those five countries as it does for the other 23 EU nations part of the Schengen Area, the EU’s visa-free travel zone, in a 2016 report.The report also stated the European Commission wanted ‘push for full visa reciprocity’ after President Trump took office, but in June of last year, the European Parliament voted in favor of imposing visas on US citizens.Member states are required to be treated equally according to EU rules, and American citizens can travel to the Schengen Area without a visa for up to 90 days currently.According to the ETIAS website, the EU imposed the rules to ‘improve their security level’ over issues of ‘illegal migration and terrorism.’ ‘We need to know who is crossing our borders,’ the website quotes President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in his 2016 State of the Union.’This way we will know who is travelling to Europe before they even get here.’ ‘All in all, the ETIAS authorization will make travelling to the EU less of a hassle and a much safer experience,’ the website claims.American travelers will need a valid passport, an email account and a credit or debit card to apply for the ‘simple to use’ ETIAS, according to the EU.They will have to fill out an online application and provide a small fee of almost .Children under the age of 18 are exempted from the fee.After eligibility and risk factors are checked by the system, the applicant can have a travel visa authorized potentially up to three years.
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CNN Breaking News - US citizens traveling to Europe will require a visa from 2021