Holiday boost as Brits likely won’t have to pay to enter the EU until 2024


BRITS have been given a boost for next year’s holidays, as the new fee to visit EU countries is likely delayed until 2024.

The visa – called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) – which originally was due to come into force later this year, has been delayed until November 2023.

But an EU source told The Guardian that following the transition period, there will be a grace period where travellers crossing the EU border for the first time will be given some leeway – most likely as far as 2024.

The ETIAS scheme, similar to the US Esta, means Brits would have to pay €7 (£6) for a three year ‘visa’ if traveling to countries in the EU.

Brits will be required to take part in the visa system as they are no longer a part of the EU.

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 will have to pay it if traveling for less than 90 days, with applications submitted 96 hours before travel.

Applicants will be asked for information about their identity, passport, education, job, recent travel, and criminal convictions, including if you have ever been kicked out of a country.

This was initially meant to start from later this year, then was delayed until May 2023, meaning it would be in place for families heading abroad for their summer holidays next year.

However, it has been delayed by six months and is now expected to begin from November 2023, with some extra leeway built in.

This means Brits have more than a year of travelling to destinations such as France and Spain without having to pay to enter.

Another new system – the Entry/Exit system (EES) – is still expected to start from May 2023, which will require Brits to submit their fingerprints as well as register their name, and points of entry and exit.

This will replace the need to stamp passports, which is required for UK passengers in Europe since Brexit.

But experts have already warned the new rules will cause chaos at the borders unless new infrastructure is introduced.

Officials for the Eurotunnel and ferry services at Dover have both warned it could cause huge queues and delays, which have already been seen at Dover this summer.

Tim Reardon, head of EU exit for the Dover Harbour Board, told local media: “We cannot get people out of their vehicles [for the checks], because that is a safety risk, as there is traffic moving around.”

Similar problems would affect Eurostar, with the train’s strategy director previously saying they don’t see a “practical solution”.

And Nicolas Paulissen, executive officer of the Union des Aéroports français, which represents 156 French airports, said it will increase “waiting times at airports significantly”.

She said: “When we talk about waiting times, we think about the time it takes to process each ‘unit’, that is to say: the time that the border officers take to process one passenger. 

“That time is going to be multiplied by two at least, three in some cases. So when you have 200 passengers disembarking from the plane the wait is going to be significant.”

Here are some of the other new rules Brits need to be aware of when travelling to Europe since Brexit.

And holidaymakers heading to the US will now have to pay more to get a ESTA, the US visa, with the price doubling earlier this month.

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