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As you consider your travel plans for 2023 and beyond, we want to spend some time sharing new information on the visa requirements coming to European travel, specifically the Schengen Area.
If that term is new to you, don't worry, we've attached a photo to the right from the European Travel Information & Authorization System. The Schengen Area is comprised of 27 European countries that have signed an agreement to abolish internal border control so that working European families could travel seamlessly between the agreed upon countries. As you can see, there are some countries that are a part of the European Union that are NOT included in this area, as well as non-European Union countries that ARE included. The most recently added country to this Schengen Agreement was Croatia, which was added on January 1, 2023.
As many countries and areas of the world have been reevaluating their own border control and safety measures, the Schengen Area decided in November of 2016 that they would begin instituting a visa program for citizens of some 59 countries, set to launch around November of 2023.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
As you prepare for travel to one of the 27 countries in the Schengen Area, part of the preparation will now include a fairly quick visa application to be completed online within 96 hours of travel with your passport as well as travel information. Some of the additional information to be gathered will be around medical or criminal history as well as a charge of €7 per person between the ages of 18 and 70. You can read more about application requirements here on their website. While the application process is not live yet, we will continue to monitor the details and aid you in the process. Just another perk of having a live human to chat with about your travel plans! As we move forward in the travel landscape together, we look forward to the privilege of assisting you in making your travel dreams a reality.
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