For a few years, European Union citizens (and those from some other selected countries) have been able to get a USA visa waiver option, which currently makes entry to the USA cost a mere $14 US for such applicants. It’s a relatively easy process, which means those passport holders don’t need to visit a US Embassy as long as they meet the requires for the visa waiver option. This has made travelling to the USA extremely smooth and easy for many such citizens. However, the same option wasn’t always reciprocated by European countries. Until recently that is. This is when we hear the super news about the ETIAS visa.
What exactly does this mean?
It basically means that US citizens holding a valid US passport can apply for the new ETIAS visa waiver program for an easier and smoother entrance into the EU, albeit minus the United Kingdom which will leave before then due to the Brexit vote. Countries currently in the EU, that I recognise include:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (but not Greenland or Christiania), Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
This means that Gibraltar, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and selected others are not included.
When will it start?
How can I apply?
Top 3 EU countries to tour?
For nature, hikes and gorgeous landscape, head to the Faroe Islands. While it may not be the cheapest part of Europe, there is certainly spectacular views almost everywhere you go.
Old Town in Tallinn is beautiful and still a little less touristic than other manjor EU capitals. Good food and bars and a trip to the seaside town of Parnu help put Estonia on the map.