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Planning your Camino for 2024? You may need a travel authorisation!

The rules of travel to Europe are changing. Starting from 2024, some 1.4 billion people from over 60 visa-exempt countries are required to have a travel authorisation to enter most European countries.

ETIAS travel authorisation will become an entry requirement for travel to a number of European countries, including the famous Camino paths across Spain, France and Portugal.

What do we know so far:

  • From what I can understand it's like an ESTA to enter the US

  • Most applications are automatic and processed in minutes

  • Your ETIAS travel authorisation is linked to your travel document. You will not be allowed to board your flight, bus or ship, or to enter any of the European countries requiring ETIAS if you do not have this.

  • It is valid for up to three years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.

  • With a valid ETIAS, you can enter the territory of these European countries as often as you want for short-term stays - normally for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

  • Applying for the ETIAS costs EUR 7, though some travellers are exempt from paying this fee.

  • Having a valid ETIAS travel authorisation does not guarantee an automatic right of entry.

  • People under 18 or over 70 are exempt, as are family members of EU citizens.

Note that ETIAS is currently not in operation and no applications are collected at this point. There have been significant delays and this has been in process since 2018. By all accounts it will launch in 2024 so stay tuned.

For more information please refer to the official ETIAS website:

Buen Camino xx

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