Citizens from 60 countries traveling to Europe will need authorization from the EU from 2021
From 2021 US citizens traveling to Europe will need authorization from the EU.
The European Union announced in July 2018 that it would create a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) requiring pre-travel evaluation for migration and security reasons of travelers profiting from the visa-free entrance to the Schengen area.
Nowadays, many countries benefit from a 90-day stay in Europe without any travel authorization, but from 2021, ETIAS will change that. Those citizens who benefit from visa-free travel to the EU, including US citizens, will need to request ETIAS authorization before their travel to the Schengen Area. They need to fill out an application and pay a service fee of 7 euros online. This authorization is valid for three years.
According to the statement of the European Commission, the online application doesn't take more than 10 minutes and 95% of the cases get automatic approval.
It should be noted that ETIAS authorization is not a visa. Citizens of 60 countries will be required to apply for the authorization including Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Singapore, and Mauritius to name a few.