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Beginning in 2024, US residents traveling to Europe will have to pay for a visa.

The days of taking a spontaneous trip abroad are long gone.

Starting in 2024, all travelers visiting Europe, including American summer vacationers, will need to obtain authorization through the European Travel Information and Authorisation System.

Travelers must submit an ETIAS application, which costs about $8, before buying tickets, lodging, or reserving a table at that hip restaurant they saw on TikTok.

In addition to personal information, educational background, current employment information, projected trip information, and criminal convictions, applicants must submit travel paperwork, such as a passport.

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While the majority of applications are approved quickly, a few take longer, thus the European Union recommends travelers to submit "well in advance."

It will take four days to respond, but depending on the situation, it can take up to 30 days.

However, once it has been obtained, the authorization is only good for three years, or until the visitor's passport expires.

According to the EU's website, "With a valid ETIAS travel authorization, you may enter the territory of these European countries as frequently as you like for brief visits, usually for up to 90 days in any 180-day period."

"However, it does not ensure admission. A border patrol officer will check your paperwork upon arrival to ensure you are in compliance with the entrance requirements.

Only 30 European nations, including Spain, Germany, France, and Greece, require a travel authorization; we're sorry, "Mama Mia!" fans.

Although the rule is supposed to take effect in January 2024, experts don't think it will because it has already been delayed numerous times.

According to Peter Greenberg, the travel editor for CBS News, "nothing is stopping" the US from enforcing its own visa fee and application procedure.

According to CBS News, he remarked, "It won't be difficult, just an inconvenience." If this policy is implemented, there will be many surprises at boarding gates with passengers being denied boarding over the first few weeks because most Americans, in fact, all Americans, are not accustomed to doing this to travel to Europe. 

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