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US passports are already not the world’s most powerful (the latest list is here) and they’ll slip even further on the global list once new regulations go into effect next year. Starting in 2024, citizens of the United States and 59 other countries and territories will need a mandatory electronic travel authorization.
The European Travel Information and Authorization System will need to be completed online (along with a €7 fee). It won’t require biometric information and will grant access to any of the 30 member countries for an unlimited number of entries over a three-year period. Travelers can stay up to a maximum of 90 days for every 180-day period.
Many speculate that this entry requirement has been introduced as a response to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization program in the United States.
In order to successfully get processed, US travelers will need a valid passport, email address, and credit or debit card. The majority of applications (95%) will be processed within minutes and the authorization will be sent to the email address provided. The maximum time needed for approval could take one month and anyone whose application is denied will be able to appeal.
Anthony’s Take: This fee will not change my travel habits and it will be one more thing to complete before crossing the Atlantic. After years of completing Covid forms, this should be fairly simple albeit a bit annoying to remember to do before traveling.
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