Right now U.S. citizens can travel to any of the 26 Schengen Area European countries for 90 days without a visa, but that will change in 2021
Before you pack your bags and head for that Euro trip you've always been planning, please make sure you've checked the visa requirements since it will be mandatory for U.S. citizens to visit the European Schengen Area. Americans can now travel to any of the 26 Schengen Area European countries for 90 days without a visa, but that will change in 2021. According to Daily Mail, U.S. citizens will now have to get a new type of visa through the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), announced the European Union on Friday. CNN reports that the U.S. had a slight disagreement with the European Parliament and European Commission over visa requirements it has for citizens from five EU member nations: Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania, and Cyprus.
The EU then called to reciprocate a visa-free status for those five countries just like it does for the other 23 countries that are a part of the Schengen Visa. It was also reported the EU wanted to 'push for full visa reciprocity' after President Trump took office, but the European Parliament voted in favor of imposing visas on U.S. travelers in June last year. According to the ETIAS website, the EU imposed the rules to 'improve their security level' over issues like 'illegal migration and terrorism'.
"We need to know who is crossing our borders," said President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in his 2016 State of the Union. "This way we will know who is traveling to Europe before they even get here, All in all, the ETIAS authorization will make traveling to the EU less of a hassle and a much safer experience," he added. The EU states Americans who want to apply for the visa will need a valid passport, an email account, and a credit or debit card.
An online form will have to be filled, for which a small fee of $8 will be charged. Children under the age of 18 are exempted from paying the charges. Then, eligibility and risk factors are checked by the system, after which they can be provided with a visa for up to three years. While US passport holders have the privilege of visiting several countries without needing a visa, like Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Belize, Iceland, New Zealand, there are several countries that require they purchase the Visa before they enter the country.
If you're planning on visiting the coral reefs of Australia, then you must apply for an electronic authorization from the Australian government known as the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). They are valid for a year, and you can multiple entries into the country and stay for a maximum of 90 days. The visa can be purchased online but must be made at least 24 hours before departure, and they cost around $20 per person, according to Afar.
Bolivia technically does have a visa on arrival option, but the paperwork that follows it is time-consuming and complicating, which is why it's better to apply for a visa online. To enter Bolivia, U.S. citizens must provide a completed application form, a passport-size headshot, evidence of hotel reservations, or if you're staying with someone, then you have to show them a letter of invitation. You also have to show them you have sufficient funds, as well as your departure tickets. You will also be required to submit a copy of your passport and a yellow fever vaccination certificate, along with $160, which is only accepted as cash at the border. Quite complicated, isn't it? Yeah, well, welcome to the rest of the world.
You can choose the type of visa you want while you plan a trip to Brazil. It costs $44 for two-year entry or $160 for 10-year entry and can be applied online or obtained from any Brazilian Embassy at least one month prior to the trip. It was announced earlier this year by Brazil's foreign minister that the country will soon eliminate the need for a visa for US citizens. However, it has not been established yet, which means they still have to apply for a visa.
If you're on a non-business trip you can enter Hong Kong visa-free for a maximum of 90 days, but to enter the Chinese mainland, U.S. passport holders must purchase an entry visa through the Chinese embassy no less than one month before their trip. The visas currently cost $140 and allow one to enter the country multiple times over the course of ten years. Other countries where you need to obtain a visa before traveling include Cuba, Vietnam, and India.