Are the ESTA and ETIAS the same? What is the difference?

The ESTA and ETIAS visa waiver systems are similar but do not apply to the same countries. Both systems will pre-screen travelers for security purposes before travel to thier respective jurisdictions.

However, the American ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) is part of the Visa Waiver program for travel to the United States, while the ETIAS will be required for eligible citizens traveling to any of the 26 Schengen member states in Europe, including France.