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Everything you need to know about ETIAS and Europe’s city taxes


ETIAS is the European Travel Information and Authorization System, a visa waiver program introduced by the Schengen Area to allow easy and secure travel to the EU. The program requires travelers from select countries to apply for an ETIAS before entering the Schengen Area. The purpose of ETIAS is to identify potential risks posed by travelers coming from countries that do not require visa for entry into the Schengen Area. It is estimated that more than 80 million people from all over the world will be required to apply for an ETIAS before travelling to the Schengen Area.

In addition to ETIAS, there are also city taxes in some European cities. These taxes are imposed by the local authorities and are charged to tourists to offset the cost of maintaining the city’s infrastructure. For example, in Rome, tourists are required to pay the city tax at the time of check-in. In most cases, this amount is included in the price of the accommodation. However, if you are staying in an apartment or private housing, you may be required to pay the tax separately prior to your arrival. City taxes vary greatly in different countries and cities, so it is important to check the local legislation before travelling.

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