A new date has been set for the start of ‘visas’ allowing British citizens to enter European countries including Spain, Greece, France and Italy – for a fee. When the European Travel Information and Authorization System “ETIAS”; In effect, all UK adults will have to pay to enter EU countries.
Travelers under 18 years of age and those over 80 years of age as well as EU citizens will not need this document. ETIAS is expected to come into force in the next few years – and British citizens will pay the price because of Brexit. The implementation has been delayed several times.
In addition to entering holiday destinations such as Greece, Spain, Italy and France, all EU countries will be required to have this document. This will cost around £6.
The European Schengen Council this week approved a new timetable for the roll-out of IT systems used by EU countries to fight crime, control borders and manage migration flows. IT systems must be implemented before ETIAS can begin.
The immigration system will replace manual passport stamping with electronic registration – and ETIAS – and an online travel authorization system for visa-exempt third-country nationals, including UK citizens, travel to 30 European countries – currently being rolled out. deployed.
The new roadmap for the delivery of the new IT architecture foresees that the Entry/Exit system will be ready to enter into operation in Autumn 2024 and that ETIAS will be ready to enter into operation in Spring 2025.
That will mean that from Spring 2025, UK citizens travelling to the UK will need to pay £6 and fill in the ETIAS form before travel. The ETIAS will last for three years, or until your passport expires. You will be able to apply on the ETIAS site.