Trump is spot on with this.
In a recent statement on Truth Social, Former President Trump expressed his intention to eliminate the entry fees imposed on U.S. travelers visiting Europe if he were to be re-elected as President. He criticized the requirement, highlighting that U.S. citizens already contribute significantly through military protection and trade support, and shouldn’t have to pay an additional fee for travel.
In transcript provided by The Hill, Trump wrote, “Wow! “U.S. CITIZENS WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR A VISA TO TRAVEL TO EUROPE STARTING IN 2024. Think of this. We give them everything, including military protection and trade, and now we have to pay them to go there.”
“NO RESPECT FOR THE UNITED STATES. I WILL, AS PRESIDENT, NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. IT WILL END VERY QUICKLY!!!” Trump continued.
However, President Trump did not provide specific details on how he plans to achieve this change in policy.
As of 2024, U.S. travelers, along with citizens of over 60 other “visa-exempt” countries, will be required to apply for the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) before visiting any of the 30 listed European countries. Those exempt from the entry fee are allowed short-term stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period without the need for an application.
To obtain the ETIAS authorization, applicants must provide various personal details, including their name, date of birth, nationality, address, email address, phone number, and parents’ names. Additionally, information about their occupation, education level, and travel plans for Europe will be required.
It is essential to note that holding a valid ETIAS authorization does not guarantee entry; border guards will still review documents and verify whether applicants meet the entry conditions.
The current cost for an ETIAS authorization is 7 euros, approximately $8, and once obtained, it remains valid for the specified short-term stay period. If unused, the authorization remains valid for up to three years, as long as the travel documents, such as the passport, do not expire beforehand.