Coming in 2024 | ETIAS travel authorization

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Press release release date: early August 2023

Starting early 2024, travelers from the United States and over 60 other visa-exempt countries will be required to have a travel authorization to enter most European countries, including France. They will need an ETIAS which stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System.

As stated on the official site, “ETIAS travel authorisation is an entry requirement for visa-exempt nationals traveling to any of these 30 European countries. It is linked to a traveler’s passport. It is valid for up to three years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new ETIAS travel authorisation.”

Where to apply: Official ETIAS website (application page is not yet open)

ETIAS application fee: €7

How long it takes: “Filling out the application is quick and easy. Most applicants will receive their ETIAS travel authorisation within minutes, but in some cases the process may take up to 30 days. This is why you should apply well in advance of your travel to avoid complications.” (From the official ETIAS site FAQ)

From the official ETIAS site: 7 myths and facts about ETIAS

  1. What ETIAS is not:

ETIAS is not a visa. Similar travel authorizations for visa-exempt nationals are required by the US, Canada and Australia.

Unlike when applying for a visa, travelers will be able to apply for ETIAS online, there is no need to go a Consulate to apply, and biometric data will not be collected as part of the application process.

  1. The only official ETIAS website is

For all 7 myths & facts about ETIAS, CLICK HERE.


Marion Fourestier - Director of Communications
Atout France USA, The France Tourism Development Agency