Since Brexit, UK citizens have not needed a visa to visit any EU member states and passengers have just been using their British passport.
But from the end of 2022, UK travellers will need an ETIAS visa waiver to enter EU countries.
Everyone visiting countries in the Schengen zone must apply for the document when the scheme is introduced.
The European Commission has confirmed that its Travel Information and Authorisation System will apply to UK visitors.
Once ETIAS is in place, non-EU citizens travelling to the Schengen area who are exempt from the visa requirement will need to register and obtain authorisation before travelling.
The system will cross-check travellers against EU information systems for internal security, borders and migration before their trip, helping to identify ahead of time people who may pose a risk to security or health, as well as compliance with migration rules.
The set-up of ETIAS forms part of the EU’s ongoing work to put in place a state-of-the-art external border management system and making sure that information systems work together in an intelligent and targeted way.
“ETIAS will not change which non-EU countries are subject to a visa requirement and will also not introduce a new visa requirement for nationals of countries that are visa-exempt,” the Commission clarifies.
Visa-exempt non-EU nationals will only need a few minutes to fill in an online application which in a vast majority of cases (expected to be over 95 per cent) will result in automatic approval.
The process will be simple, fast and affordable: the ETIAS authorisation will cost €7, which will be a one-off fee, and will be valid for 3 years and for multiple entries.
The ETIAS plan was originally shelved in 2016, before the UK voted to leave the EU.
It is being brought in, in part, to avoid the need for more complex visas - though travellers who need visas to enter the EU will still require them.
There will also be questions on a person's criminal record and if they have ever been asked to leave an EU country by officials.
Airlines will be expected to check that a person has been authorised to travel to the EU under the ETIAS scheme.
Once accepted, it will allow British passengers entry into the Schengen area multiple times over a three-year period.
The scheme is expected to cover 60 countries, including the UK, Australia and the US.
"ETIAS will not change which non-EU countries are subject to a visa requirement and will also not introduce a new visa requirement for nationals of countries that are visa-exempt," the proposal says.
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The US has raised their fee to $21. Nearly 3x the price of Europe, and it's only for 2 years. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/usa-increases-esta-travel-fees/ So, I reckon that means US tourism will go bankrupt because Brits can't afford it anymore (?)
To all my fans. Hopefully if you read what I said, you will find your comments somewhat irrelevant, and if you truly believe what you say, well dream on. Happy days, keep wearing the mask.
Morgan WilliamsThis is the British right wing gutter press for you. The same ones that spent years telling everyone Sadam Hussain had WMD and was going to attack (parroting Blair's lies) and that global warming was a hoax.
Ulla Jacksonboris johnson, farage and the right wing media lied through their teeth about Brexit ('millions of Turks will flood the UK', '£350 a week for the NHS' etc) and obviously a large percentage of the population weren't smart enough to see through the bull####.
Morgan WilliamsAnd if you take London out of the equation I doubt the UK would even make the top 25 economies.
7 euro obviously is not going to deter travel is you can afford the holiday. Unless you forget to register of course.it’s hardly clear on its implementation date yet. The change to passport validation and interpretation by some carrier’s is to much for some to comply with now. With the drip of, poor whoever loss of £3k holiday turned back at airports in the press daily, associated with destinations usually Portugal and Spain. Ok they should know the rules but hey these people travel to wherever to drink Heineken watch footy on the Bar telly. They book on the internet and never read small print re all inclusive. But they make up part of Spains 12% tourism economy. 2% uk sourced £12 billion in revenue..so don’t knock them.they contribute to some ones incomes somewhere. Regard uk economy size it is 2.2trillion gdp so 2.8 trillion usd. Population variance give U.K. a lead per head on economic activity over European Union. But fall against less populous states with higher value economies like Sweden. You can make stats fit any scenario. China has a large population so large economy but it’s not the USA or Japan Germany.equivalent despite shinny Shanghai. I would consider the European Union breaking up a very bad thing mainly due to the effects unwinding the euro would have on the world economy. But evolution in the politics of the organisation is evident. The economic vulnerability of the club med states to debt and dollar fiscal tightening. Including France and Italy.which macron and draghi recognise. Lack of real development progress in the Balkan states and depopulation there. The economic powerhouse challenges as the chancellor pointed out yesterday. The significant cultural differences between the western states and the commission and the eastern states . Poland and Hungary. The Ukrainian accession argument is only going to widen that divide with Poland or Hungary dependent on outcome. If the commission thinks Poland is socially conservative wait till they get a piece of Ukrainian values dropped on their lap. The cost of realisation that it will have to pay to defend itself. The yanks have been at this for 20yrs, but no real progress in national spending. Finally the European Union’s inability to develop an international financial industry. Dominated by USA , U.K. Japan The concern is not for the European Union the population, political and partial economic loss of the heretics leaving. It’s what it has left to deal with. I wish them luck for all our sakes.
Nigel Maude40%???? £15.4B out of €172B is not 40%, it is (was, in 2020) around 10%. And the "former colonies" - nominally English-speaking - EU members of Malta and Cyprus are NOT going to introduce a "light" system, anymore than Yorkshire is going to introduce "light" speed limits. Schengen rules apply equally to all members.
Nigel MaudeSpain is not a 'tourist reliant country'. Tourism accounts for roughly 11% of Spain's GDP, the same as the UK. And judging by the number of tourists at the moment, 'many are not avoiding Spain'. In fact it'll looks like being a record year. A 7€ visa is not going to deter anyone.
If nothing else, these fantasies are entertaining. But for Britons, the demise of the EU has been imminent for what, 20 years now? Are you really still hoping for that? I think it's probably time to wake up from your slumber now. Seems to me you should be concerned with your own condition, if 7 euros is going to break your bank.
Nigel MaudePleased you like Brexit, as you say no madness of with paperwork. Helped a friend when I lived in UK trying to get permanent visa, the document was 57 pages long! And you had to try to pick the pages which was applicable. So please don't throw stones at other countries, as you believe Malta and Cyprus are paying lipservice, I hope UK do too.