Beginning in January 2024, the European Union will be unveiling added requirements for travelers from the United States before they depart.
New European Union Travel Requirements
Americans planning a trip to an EU member nation will need to fill out an online visa application before going, in accordance with the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) . It is important to note this plan may be delayed, as it has already been set aside before, pending ongoing negotiation and logistics.
In a report from CBS News, Travel Editor Peter Greenberg offered insight into the potential impacts:
It won’t be complicated, it’s just an annoyance. Most Americans, in fact, all Americans, are not used to doing this to go to Europe so there’s going to be lots of surprises at boarding gates with people being denied boarding over the first couple of weeks, if this goes into effect.
The online application would cost travelers $8 and essentially ask for basic information, including travel plans and basic security questions. Approval could occur as quickly as ten minutes after an application is submitted, or be delayed up to 96 hours for more complicated cases. Once complete, an application wouldn’t need to be made for every single visit. These visas are set to be valid for three years at a time, or until the traveler’s passport expires — whichever is first.
There is doubt whether this change will happen or not, as an impediment to the flow of tourism on both sides is not necessarily desirable.
France is both a member of the European Union and the Schengen Area, a collection of 27 countries that have abolished passport and other border controls at their mutual boundaries, sharing a common visa policy regarding those coming from outside of the area.
Disneyland Paris is reported to be the single most-visited tourist destination on the continent of Europe, as well as one of the most important facets of France’s tourism sector. As the most visited country on Earth, tourism accounts for over 7% of the French economy, with Disneyland Paris as the #1 attraction, also employing more people at a single location than any other organization. The resort is dependent on multinational visitation, with countless guests coming from around the world.
Any change to policies that alters how visitors can come, or put up another financial barrier, would dramatically impact the resort and the Paris region at-large.
Are you planning a trip to Europe next year? How might this impact you? Let us know in the comments.
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