In the near future, Americans will be required to apply for a travel authorization when visiting 30 European countries.
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.
The travel authorization is set to start in 2024 and will apply to destinations such as France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and more.
Travel advisor Sofia Markovich said, "If you forget to do it, you won’t board the plane."
As of now, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System is not yet accepting applications, so no action is required.
The application is simply a security measure meant to prioritize safety.
The requirement was originally scheduled to roll out in 2021 but was postponed to 2023 and then again to 2024.
The European Union estimates that the majority of applications will be processed within minutes, with a maximum of 96 hours.
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.