The European Union included the United States in the list of countries to which it will request registration in the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), in which Mexico is already in place since 2016.
As of 2021, US or Mexican citizens who want to travel to any of the 26 countries that make up the Schengen area will have to register in the ETIAS database, which works similarly to a visa. To obtain the permit, you must have a passport with a minimum validity of three months, an email account and a debit or credit card.
The registration is made through the portal www.etiasvisa.com when filling out a form with information such as full name, place, and date of birth, address, data of parents and questions about drug use, criminal records, employment history, and other security data.
It is estimated that the cost will be 7 euros, although changes in the price could be made as soon as the registration becomes effective. Applicants will receive by e-mail the approval or justification for which permission was denied, even if the payment has already been made.
After obtaining a registration to the program, travelers can enter the European Union for the next three years, as many times as the person requires. All transport operators bound for the Schengen area will verify the validity of the registration, as well as an official at any of the entry borders.
The measure will apply to citizens of 60 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Venezuela, and Colombia, to improve security in the European Union. This registration will only be valid for short stays for tourist or commercial purposes, so work or student visas will not be substituted.