Starting in 2024, American passport holders traveling to 30 European countries will need authorization via the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).
ETIAS is not a visa in the traditional sense; it only requires a quick online application, with approval delivered via email. In order to receive authorization, visitors must fill out an online form providing details about their basic biographical information, travel plans, and travel history, as well as other security questions.
Most applicants will be granted travel authorization within an hour, but if further checks are required, the process could take up to 96 hours. The application costs about $8 and is required for all travelers regardless of their age. Once approved, this authorization is valid for multiple entries over the course of three years, or until the traveler’s passport expires.
For more information on ETIAS click here.
International Drivers License Update
An international driver’s license is required for travelers visiting any of the following countries:
There are some countries that do not recognize a driver’s license from the United States but officially recognize an IDP. There are other countries that honor a United States driver’s license but require a local language translation. The IDP can satisfy these types of situations. Keep in mind, however, that while a certain country’s government may not require an IDP, car rental companies located in that country, such as Hertz, may require an IDP to rent a car. Purchasing an IDP prior to departure can save a lot of potential hassles.
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo, and driver information. It translates your identification information into 10 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t.
For more information click here.
If you don’t know if you will need an IDP for a particular country click here.