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Brits Will Have To Pay Fee To Enter The EU Without A Visa From Next Year

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Brits Will Have To Pay Fee To Enter The EU Without A Visa From Next Year

The EU Commission has confirmed plans to charge British holidaymakers €7 (£6.20) to enter mainland Europe as part of a new travel system.

Under the new rules, travellers will be subject to visa-style fees, and will have to also fill out an online form.

After a passenger is asked to answer a number of security questions and provide personal information, their name will be checked against police databases.

They will have to pay a charge to submit the form, before waiting for an approval or denial 'within minutes', receiving the results via email.

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The EU Commission's European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), based on the US' Electronic Travel Authorisation (ESTA), is due to be introduced before the end of 2022.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

According to the Independent, the changes will apply to any tourists coming from visa-exempt countries (such as the UK) who wish to travel to EU states and any other countries in the border-free Schengen region.

The fees and application forms had been set to be brought into force by the end of 2021, but the EU pushed plans back by a year.

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The EU Commission has promised the new ETIAS system will be 'simple, fast and affordable'.

Outlining the plans, a spokesperson said: "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 statement continued: "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 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."

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Brits Will Have To Pay Fee To Enter The EU Without A Visa From Next Year
Brits Will Have To Pay Fee To Enter The EU Without A Visa From Next Year

The spokesperson added: "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 EU Commission said that in 'limited cases', authorisation could take up to 30 days - such as when further checks on a traveller are required.

The UK government has said it has no plans to bring in a reciprocal fee for those arriving from the EU and countries in the Schengen.

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Speaking to LBC today (Wednesday 4 August), Junior Education Minister Michelle Donelan said: "I believe we have no plans to do that.

"We have our visa plans already outlined."

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Topics: World News, News, holidays, travel

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