US citizens will need to pay for a visa to travel to Europe starting in 2024

– US citizens planning to travel to Europe in 2024 will need to apply for the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) travel authorization.

The ETIAS application process will require travelers to provide their travel documentation, personal information ...

...– education level, current occupation, anticipated trip details, and any criminal convictions.

The application fee for ETIAS is approximately $8, and most applications are processed within minutes.

– However, some may take longer, and applicants are advised to apply well in advance.

– Once approved, the ETIAS travel authorization will be valid for up to three years or until the traveler's passport expires.

– ETIAS will be mandatory for entry into 30 European countries, including popular destinations like Spain, Germany, France, and Greece.

– The travel authorization allows for short-term stays of up to 90 days within any 180-day period but does not guarantee entry; border guards will still verify entry conditions upon arrival.

– Despite the announced implementation in January 2024, experts are uncertain about its actual rollout, and there have been previous delays.

– Some travel experts suggest that the US might implement its own visa charge and application process in response to this requirement.

– Overall, the new ETIAS travel authorization will add an extra step for US travelers planning European vacations and may potentially lead to boarding issues if not properly obtained.