The European Union will soon start charging fees to visitors coming to the 26 countries of the EU and the Schengen area.
The bloc has announced the launch of its long-awaited European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) program, which will start in May 2023.
The program is similar to the US ESTA, which charges visitors a processing fee and an authorization fee to those entering the US from visa-exempt countries.
The European Union system applies to travelers from countries that currently have visa-free access to the region, including the United States. The program will register, screen and monitor foreign visitors and cost travelers approximately $7.39. The process is done online and requires no biometric information and approvals are received within minutes, according to EU officials.
The ETIAS authorization will be valid for an unlimited number of entries over three years. Although a start date has been announced in May 2023, no application date has been set.
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