In light of recent terrorist attacks in European cities, many Americans are asking themselves “How can I travel to Europe?” The answer is actually quite simple. All too often, the fear of traveling abroad and visiting Europe is mistaken for a desire to visit an exotic location. While there is certainly no shortage of interesting places to visit in Europe, many individuals mistakenly assume that they need to do so to “feel” like an outsider.
A common misconception of tourists who wish to travel to Europe is that they must first acquire a visa in order to do so. In truth, an international passport is not required by law in order to travel throughout the European Union. Because Americans have a visa number (green card) that is valid for entry into this country, they can enter without a visa. There are several reasons why an individual would want to conduct business or seek a vacation in Europe, but obtaining an international visitor visa is not among them.
Another common myth surrounding American travelers wishing to travel to Europe is that they must first acquire a visa from their home country in order to leave the United States. It is true that you must have a valid passport in order to enter the EU, but you do not need a visa in order to stay in the country. The vast majority of countries in the area, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Ireland, provide full access to their respective cultures and societies once an individual has obtained a visa. In short, obtaining a visa is not a prerequisite for visiting any of the countries in the area.
Some people also believe that they must leave their home country in order to visit another one. Visiting an embassy or consulate of a specific country is not required to apply for a visa in any of these countries. Furthermore, it is not necessary to obtain a visa in order to purchase tickets or apply for tourist visas at the particular embassy or consulate. If you are traveling to a European country on business, you do not even need to have a visa in order to purchase tickets, register at the embassy, or apply for a tourist visa.
In addition to the above misconception, another one which most American citizens travelling to Europe fail to understand is that they must leave their country in order to apply for a visa. In order to do so, an individual may need to have a passport or a visa, which must be renewed on a regular basis. If an individual fails to do so, they risk the possibility of having their visa rejected. As it stands, currently there is no legislation in the United States that prevents an individual from travelling to any of the European countries without obtaining a visa. In fact, it is possible for an American citizen to obtain a three-month visa after arriving in the continent.
For both Europeans and Americans, it is important to remember that there are several different types of documentation that is required when travelling to Europe. There are two different types of document that can be used in order to prove your identity and/or nationality: a physical passport and a proof of citizenship or naturalization. These are known as the EEC citizens’ Card and the European travel documents. These types of documentation provide peace of mind to the traveller, ensuring that they are legally permitted to live and work in the specific country that they intend to visit.
In addition to these types of documentation, travellers must also be aware of the various types of restrictions that can prevent them from travelling to certain European countries. For example, if an American citizen or any other non-European citizen does not have a Social Security Number (SSN), they may not be allowed to enter some of the more rural parts of the continent. Similarly, EEC citizens who are unable to prove that they are eighteen years of age are prohibited from travelling to some parts of the country. Additionally, travellers who intend to carry firearms will need to seek special permission to enter the country. Finally, it should be noted that some of the more remote parts of some of the European countries may require special authorisation to visit.
As previously stated, there are three different categories of countries that can be considered as Safe Countries to Travel to in Europe: the European Union (EU), the European Central Area (EEA), and the European Neighborhood (ENS). The first two zones are more favoured by Canadian and American citizens than the third one. The EU zone countries are favourable to most US and Canadian citizens as most EU member states require visa applications to be made in their respective countries before being approved for entry. The remaining European countries are more favoured by European tourists, mainly because they are closer to the United Kingdom (in terms of shipping costs and movement) than any other country in the world. Finally, the remaining European countries are more favoured by Chinese tourists because there are no large populations of tourists from China in the western part of the EU.