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You could miss your flight to Europe if you don't pay this $7.40 fee

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In the near future, Americans will be required to apply for a travel authorization when visiting 30 European countries.

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The fee is a nonrefundable 7 euros, which is around $7.40 and goes toward an application for authorization from the European Travel Information and Authorisation System.

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The travel authorization is set to start in 2024 and will apply to destinations such as France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and more. 

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Travel advisor Sofia Markovich said, "If you forget to do it, you won’t board the plane."

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As of now, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System is not yet accepting applications, so no action is required. 

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The application is simply a security measure meant to prioritize safety. 

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The requirement was originally scheduled to roll out in 2021 but was postponed to 2023 and then again to 2024. 

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The European Union estimates that the majority of applications will be processed within minutes, with a maximum of 96 hours.

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In some cases, when additional information, documentation, or an interview is required with national authorities, the process may extend by up to 30 additional days.

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