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Heading to Europe - Get Ready to Pay a Fee

Starting next year it will cost a foreign visitor aged 18 to 70 years old a fee of Euro 7.00 or approximately $7.20 The €7 fee ($7.42), which is expected to go into effect in May 2023, will apply to foreign visitors 18 to 70 years old as part of the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (or ETIAS), according to the European Commission. Travelers will have to apply for the authorization through an official website or app before their trip.

Yes travelers from USA and Canada will have to pay this fee along with many other travelers that are not residents of EU. It will be a good idea to apply for the authorization early as it may take up to 30 days to get an approval. Even though everything will be online, automated glitches in the new system, which has become a norm, could delay the authorization process. The authorization, which will be required to enter all countries of the Schengen area, will be valid for three years or until the expiration date of someone's travel document. You must submit this authorization along with a valid passport while entering a Schengen area. Authorization will be valid for multiple entries. Do not forget to download My Travel Health App for safe Travel. Only App that has licensed content from Mayo Clinic. Here is your link. Travel Smart Travel Well.

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