Starting next year, Americans, Brits, Australians, and other travelers from outside the Schengen zone will need to fill out more paperwork to enter the EU – and pay an application fee.
According to EuroNews, the move is part of the European Union’s “European Travel Information and Authorisation System” or ETIAS for short and will require eligible travelers to fill out an application form before they arrive, which costs €7. The fee will be waived for those under the age of 18 and the over 70’s.
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The application form will require biometric passport information and travel details and is intended to “increase security and help prevent health threats to the bloc,” EuroNews reports.
Once the application has been approved it will be good for three years.