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Brits Will Face New Visa Fee To Visit EU Countries Starting Next Year

Dominic Smithers

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Brits Will Face New Visa Fee To Visit EU Countries Starting Next Year

Brits looking to go to Europe next year will need to pay for a visa, it has been revealed.

Yep, following the UK's exit from the European Union, a new visa system is being introduced across 26 countries from 2023.

At the moment, holidaymakers heading to the continent have their passport stamped on entering and upon exiting a country, free of charge.

However, the new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is digital and will be required for anyone travelling to Europe for less than 90 days during a 180-day period.

The new visa will also set you back €7 (£5), with anyone aged between 18 and 70 years old required to have one.

As part of the application, which must be completed at least 96 hours before departure, travellers will be asked a series of questions about themselves.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

You will be asked about your identity, your passport, education, employment and recent travel, as well as criminal convictions.

The information will be saved for three years, however, you will need to go through it again if you get a new passport in that time.

The ETIAS was due to be introduced this year but was delayed due to the new European Union Entry and Exit System, which is set to be launched later this year.

The countries that will require the new visa are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland

This comes after news that entry into the United States had changed for British tourists.

Most UK holidaymakers heading across the pond get themselves an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), which was previously priced at $14 (£11).

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

However, it was recently revealed that it was going up by 50 percent, with the new price set at $21 (£17) for all travellers making the journey.

Last week, tourists planning on going to Turkey for a holiday soon were warned of a little-known rule that could see them arrested. 

While out and about in Turkey you should make sure you always have your passport or other photographic ID with you at all times. 

The Foreign office states: “It is illegal not to carry some form of photographic ID in Turkey. You should carry your passport or residence permit at all times. In some busy areas, especially Istanbul, the Turkish authorities may stop members of the public to conduct ID checks. 

"There’s also a number of police checkpoints on main roads across Turkey. You should cooperate with officials conducting checks."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Politics, UK News, Travel

Dominic Smithers
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