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Starting in 2024, travelers from 60 visa-exempt nations must obtain travel authorization to enter Italy and most European countries.

Posted on August 18th, 2023

by Adriana ruiz


Commencing in 2024, travelers from over 60 visa-exempt nations must secure a travel authorization to access most European countries. The ETIAS travel authorization serves as a mandatory entry requirement for visa-exempt nationals visiting any of the specified 30 European nations. This authorization is digitally linked to the traveler’s passport, with a validity of up to three years or until passport expiration, necessitating renewal when obtaining a new passport.

With an approved ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) travel authorization, travelers can freely enter these European countries for short-term stays, typically up to 90 days within a 180-day period. However, it’s important to note that possessing an ETIAS does not guarantee entry; upon arrival, border guards will assess compliance with entry conditions.

The application process involves completing a form through the official ETIAS website or mobile app, incurring a fee of EUR 7, which may be exempt for certain travelers. The majority of applications are processed within minutes, although extended processing times up to four days could apply. If additional information is required, processing could extend up to 14 days, or even up to 30 days if an interview is requested. This highlights the importance of applying well in advance of travel plans.

Upon submission, applicants receive a confirmation email containing a unique ETIAS application number for future reference. Following processing, another email communicates the outcome. It’s crucial to ensure that personal details are accurate, as discrepancies could lead to denial at the border. Refused applications are explained via email, with information on how to appeal.

The ETIAS travel authorization remains valid for three years or until the expiration of the travel document used in the application, enabling short stays of up to 90 days within any 180-day period. Travelers must possess a valid ETIAS throughout their stay and can leave and return within the stipulated time frame.

At the border, travelers must present the same document used in the ETIAS application for verification. Possessing a valid ETIAS does not guarantee entry; border guards will verify compliance with entry conditions, leading to refusal if conditions are not met.

Your ETIAS check-list

– Apply for your ETIAS travel authorization well ahead of time, prior to purchasing tickets or arranging accommodation.
– Verify that your passport details match your ETIAS authorization to avoid being denied boarding or entry at the border.
– Confirm the validity of your ETIAS travel authorization.
– Determine the permitted duration of stay in European countries that mandate ETIAS.
– Ensure your passport remains valid for three months after your intended departure from ETIAS-required European countries to prevent entry refusal (with exceptions).

 


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