EU - US Travelers to Europe Will Need Visa

Arno Froese

U.S. citizens traveling to Europe will shortly need to apply for an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) visa waiver which is the new travel authorization for Europe that will come into effect from 2021. Similar to other countries and regions in the world, Europe has recently decided to improve its security level to avoid any further problems with illegal immigration and terrorism. This means that from 2021, all Americans traveling to a European country in the Schengen Zone will be in need of an ETIAS.

To obtain the Europe visa waiver for Americans, U.S. citizens will need to have a valid passport, a credit or debit card, and an email account. These are the main ETIAS requirements for U.S. citizens which each applicant must have on hand when applying. Without the right travel document, applicants could have their application denied.

During the 3-year validity of the ETIAS for U.S. travelers, it is possible to enter any of the Schengen Zone European countries which apply to the travel authorization as many times as necessary. The ETIAS visa waiver for Americans is a multiple-entry travel authorization with few restrictions in order to promote tourism while maintaining a high level of international security.

This process allows European immigration and customs authorities to pre-screen all travelers and confirm their status before permitting them entry or even to board a flight, thus improving security measures throughout the Schengen Area.

The ETIAS payment is also super quick and easy to do with a credit or debit card via the secure online payment platform.

Once the travel authorization for Europe has been paid, the process is complete and the applicant will need to wait to receive the confirmation for the ETIAS visa waiver via e-mail. With an approved ETIAS visa waiver, applicants will be ready to travel to Europe!

There will also be other regulations and restrictions to bear in mind when traveling to Europe from the U.S.A. which are similar to those in place at the moment, such as the right to carry weapons, importing and exporting large quantities of tobacco, alcohol or perfume, and declaring large amounts of currency.

Finally, it is also useful to remember that all U.S. citizens are required to obtain an ETIAS visa to travel to Europe, and all minors are able to travel with their normal passport and have to apply for an ETIAS to enter the Schengen Area, as well.

From 2021, ETIAS will be a legal obligation for all U.S. citizens traveling to Europe for short-stay visits so it is essential to be prepared!, 12 March 2019

Arno's commentary

America was one of the few countries whose citizens could travel to Europe at will, without permit or visa. Those days have apparently come to an end. Today, Europe is the open continent, with changes based on the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). We note, however, that this is an electronic measure; there is no concrete wall, barbed wire, or other physical restriction. The entire program is based on artificial intelligence properly employed to filter out potential dangers, immigrants/refugees. The result speaks for itself. Despite receiving millions of displaced persons during the last decade, the European continent still prides itself as being the safest in the world.

So, the question: why target the US in particular? Reason: the US has consistently shown a significantly higher rate of crime than most progressive European countries. However, we believe there is another reason. Behind it all, lurking in the shadows is total control—collecting information from a larger bulk of the people globally. According to Wikipedia, the five top countries in Europe receive more than 305 million visitors per year (USA is 77 million).

Thus, information has become the key to security. Although the media at large has reported increased crime due to the influx of immigrants/refugees in Europe, facts on the ground show that crime is on the decrease.

Only dimly we begin to see how the world will and must be regulated by something that is built by mankind; that ultimately will be the image of the beast.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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