Brits jetting off to Europe for a weekend city break or a two week holiday in the sun will soon be forced to pay additional charges.
The charges are set to come into place from late 2022, with Brits who are making their way to the EU facing increased costs, paperwork and planning before embarking on a trip, according to CambridgeshireLive.
This comes as a result of Britain leaving the EU and changes to the freedom of movement rule, the Daily Express reports.
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Those travelling from Britain to any part of the EU within the Schengen Agreement will encounter the extra charge and be treated as any other non-EU nation.
The European Commission confirmed travellers from the UK will be charged a visa fee of £5.88 (€7) and will have to pre-register their details before being allowed to enter Schengen EU nations.
The visa fee will be applicable to travellers aged 18 to 70 and will need to be completed via an official website or a mobile phone app before travelling.
The European Travel and Information and Authorization Scheme (ETIAS) currently allow residents of 61 non-EU countries to enter the Schengen zone with pre-authorization reported Kent Live.
Rather than needing a visa, the scheme charges a levy, which permits holders to stay in and travel around, Schengen-signatory EU states for up to 90 days.
It is a completely electronic system and keeps track of visitors from countries who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen Zone.
Following post-Brexit arrangements, the UK will be added to ETIAS from late 2022, covering all Schengen area nations as well as a number of non-Schengen ‘micro-states’ such as the Vatican City.
The legal procedure to pass the ETIAS scheme started in 2016 and is expected to come into effect for travellers from late 2022.
The ETIAS will conduct a security check of each applicant to determine if they are allowed to enter any Schengen Zone country in order to prevent the need for visas.
The ETIAS says: “While citizens of countries who do not need a visa for travel purposes of up to 90 days in the EU do not need to go through a long process of applying for the visa, the ETIAS will make sure that these people are not a security threat.
“This travel authorization system will gather, keep track of, and update necessary information regarding visitors to determine whether it is safe for them to enter Schengen countries.
“The ETIAS, besides being used for business and tourist purposes, will also allow people to visit the Schengen countries for medical and transit reasons. In addition, it will be mandatory for all countries that are Schengen visa-free”.
The ETIAS authorisation is not a visa and once the application has been completed and approved it will last for three years, therefore travellers will not need to re-apply or pay the fee each time they fly to the EU.
The scheme is expected to cover 60 countries, including the UK, Australia and the US.
Currently, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa.
As non-visa nationals, they can visit the UK as a ‘standard visitor’ without needing to apply for a visa in advance of travel and can seek entry at the UK border reported Kent Live.
Standard visitors are able to stay in the UK for up to six months.
The Government has explained that there is no specified maximum period which an individual can spend in the UK over a given period, such as six months in every twelve months, as long as each individual visit does not exceed the maximum for a single visit, normally six months.
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In contrast, UK citizens making short trips to the EU, EEA or Switzerland can stay without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
However, the Government has said visitors to the UK may be refused entry if it is “clear from their travel history they are seeking to remain in the UK for extended periods or making the UK their home via repeated visits”.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the yearly number of travellers visiting Europe from the UK decreased significantly in 2020 compared to the previous year.
Overall, the number of visits by UK travellers to Europe reached roughly 18.7 million in 2020, dropping from over 72 million in 2019.
As well as this, the number of visits from Europe to the UK also fell heavily in 2020 due to the pandemic.