NBC News reports:
In two years, the European Union will begin implementing a new travel visa as a requirement for U.S. citizens and citizens from 59 other countries to enter. The EU cited concerns over illegal migration and terrorism as the reasons for the increased security measures. Currently, Americans traveling to Europe for 90 days or less don’t need a visa.
Beginning Jan. 21, 2021, all Americans looking to travel to a European Schengen Zone country, including France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and others, will need an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) visa. The visa is valid for three years and is “multi-entry,” so you don’t need to apply every time you want to visit.