Portuguese American Journal

Travel Alert: European Union to require new entry document – Strasburg, EU

The European Union is introducing a new travel document requirement known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), set to be enforced starting in 2024.

This new regulation applies to all visitors, including citizens from the US and Canada, who wish to travel to Europe, including Portugal, which are currently visa-free.

Unlike the lengthy visa application process, the ETIAS entry authorization process will be a quick and convenient online application.

Travelers will need to provide basic biographical information, travel plans, travel history, and answer security questions in the online form. The approval will be delivered via email, and the entire application process may take anywhere from one hour up to 96 hours.

The ETIAS application fee is €7 (approximately $8) and is mandatory for all travelers, regardless of nationality or age. The approved authorization will be valid for multiple entries over three years or until the traveler’s passport expires. Minors under 18 and applicants over 70 years old will receive an ETIAS free of charge.

This authorization will be necessary for travel to all ETIAS member countries, which include full Schengen members like Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy; European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries like Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland; future Schengen members such as Bulgaria and Cyprus; as well as European microstates like Andorra and Monaco.

The primary aim of ETIAS is to enhance border security and digitally screen and track travelers entering and leaving EU countries. The concept and application process is similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program used for visitors heading to the United States. 

For further information visit the official ETIAS website here.