FACT CHECK: Will Americans Need A Visa To Travel To Europe?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purports that Americans travelling to Europe will soon need a visa.

Verdict: Misleading

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is not a visa.

Fact Check:

The European Union has released new restrictions on social media companies with The Digital Service Act (DSA), The Guardian reported. The guidelines will prompt social media platforms to change several aspects about their algorithms, including a requirement that changes the way children are advertised to, according to the outlet.

The Twitter post purports U.S. citizens will need a visa in order to travel to Europe. The post shared an image of passports with text overlaid.


The claim is inaccurate. The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is a new requirement and works differently than a visa. The European Union website explains that the ETIAS is an additional requirement for visa-exempt nationals travelling to the EU. The U.S. is one of these visa exempt countries.

The ETIAS is a simpler process compared to a visa application. It can be applied for through the ETIAS website or mobile app. The ETIAS does not demand the same rigorous processing time. The document can be processed within minutes and costs EUR 7. The document lasts for 3 years, or until the recipient’s passport expires.

The EU website also states that the ETIAS authorization is not equivalent to a residence permit or a visa. Furthermore, travelers with a visa will not need this authorization document. (RELATED: Did Illinois Pass A Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants To Apply For The Police Force?)

The post offers no source for this claim. There is no credible news report that suggests a visa will be required. However, there is a new requirement for American travel to Europe.

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim that Belarus arrested the Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter