If you’re dreaming of vacationing in Europe in 2023, you will have to be prepared to spend a little bit more money due to a new fee that is being introduced this year.
The European Union (EU) is preparing to implement a new visa waiver system that will charge tourists from certain countries, including those from Canada, a fee to enter.
The European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, applies to countries where tourists do not need a visa to enter Europe.
According to the Schengen visa website, ETIAS will “undergo a detailed security check of each applicant to determine whether they can be allowed to enter any Schengen Zone country,” this is also known as one of 27 countries in the EU that have removed their internal borders.
This includes places like France, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Italy. It does not include nations in the U.K., like England, Scotland and Wales.
ETIAS is set to cost 7 euros (or about $10) per application by a person over 18 years old. Those under the age of 18 do not have to pay any fees.
How to register for ETIAS
The application takes about 10 minutes to fill out and can be done online.
In some “very special circumstances”, the maximum time required for approval can be up to one month.
Some basic personal information will be required, including your name, date of birth, nationality information and address.
Applicants will also be asked to provide details about their education and work experience and the first EU country they plan to visit.
There will also be eligibility questions about the applicant’s medical condition and criminal record, among other things.
ETIAS will be processed immediately after you submit your answer and pay the fee. If your application is denied, you can appeal the decision or reapply.
Once approved, your ETIAS will be emailed to you and stored electronically, so you don’t need to print it out.
ETIAS is valid for three years or until your passport expires.
The system won’t be fully operational until November 2023, so you may still have time to vacation in Europe and avoid paying the newly planned fees.
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