The Real Deal: New overseas travel document requirements in 2024
Travelers planning overseas trips in 2024 should be aware of new document requirements.
Consumer reporter Janice Lieberman has The Real Deal on how many countries will require a document known as ETIAS, which functions similarly to a visa but with some distinctions.
ETIAS is not technically a visa; it serves as a pre-screen authorization and an additional layer of security for select European countries. Approximately 30 countries are participating in the ETIAS program.
Travel expert Katy Nastro of Going.com recommends checking if the country you intend to visit will require ETIAS or similar documents before booking your trip.
Travelers can verify this information on the State Department's website.
Unlike passport renewals, which often require several weeks or expedited processing at a higher cost, obtaining ETIAS should be relatively straightforward. It costs around $8 or €7 and involves filling out an online form with confirmation received within a few minutes, although it may take up to 96 hours. There is no need for an in-person appointment.
Nastro suggests allowing at least a month to obtain your ETIAS in case of any glitches. Ensuring that all your travel documents are in order, including passport expiration dates (typically requiring 3-6 months validity beyond the travel date), is essential, as obtaining an up-to-date passport can take up to 17 weeks.
Start planning your travel documents well in advance to avoid any last-minute issues.
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