US Citizens and other Visa Free Nationals will need ETIAS to enter European Schengen Countries in 2024

Beginning January 2024, electronic travel authorization from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required for all passport holders from countries[1] who are exempt from visitor visa requirements to enter the European Union and Schengen Area[2] (maximum periods of 90 days in a period of 180 days), such as US Citizens. Only persons under 18 years and over 70 years are exempt from requesting such authorization.          

Considering the requirement for an electronic authorization, the following steps will be necessary, such as the obligation to fill out the digital form. After checking the information provided, comparing with their databases, the authorities will decide on the approval of ETIAS, which will be issued generally fast. However, in exceptional cases, the analysis may last 30 days.

After issued, ETIAS will be valid for up to three (3) years or the passport expires, applying the term that is shorter.

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ETIAS will be linked with the passport informed at the time of the authorization request. It will be checked at the time of boarding and at the border entry control each time the visitor enters to the external borders of the Schengen Area.  It is important to emphasize that ETIAS does not apply in cases where the visa is already required, such as in the study and work hypotheses or any stay beyond 90 days in a 180 days period.

Please contact our immigration team in order to assist you on the issuance of ETIAS.

Source: European Commission

Written by Eduardo Giugliano and Ana Gabriela Francelli

[1] The list of visa free countries is available at:

[2] The following countries are part of Schengen Area: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden, along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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