Brexit travel fee: Brits to be hit with new charge to enter the EU – rule coming this year

European Union has a ‘design flaw’ says expert

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

Brexit, however, has changed the rules for British holidaymakers. From this year, Britons will have to pay to enter the EU.

The European Commission has confirmed Britons will be charged £5.88 (€7) if they want to holiday in the European Union.

This year sees the freedom of movement rule ending, meaning Britons are no longer covered by the agreement.

The UK will be treated like every other non-EU country, and this means visa fees for anyone wanting to enter the EU.

On top of the £5.88 (€7) fee, Britons will have to pre-register their details.

The European travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a visa-waiving form that will be valid for three years, or until Britons’ passports expire.

The new rule will come into effect later this year and it will require Britons to get organised.

The ETIAS website for Britons hasn’t yet been launched, but the new rule is still set to come into force by the end of 2022.

Only under 18s and over 70s will be exempt.

Currently, 61 non-EU countries are using the system which replaces the need for a visa.

The levy charged by the EU allows holidaymakers to stay and travel around member states for up to 90 days.

UK residents who want to visit the EU will only be able to spend 90 days in any 180-day period.

Meanwhile, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can enter the UK completely free of charge and without needing a visa.

They can stay as “standard visitors” for up to six months.

There are no restrictions surrounding the maximum period which an individual can spend in the UK over a given period.

This means as long as visitors leave the UK after six months, they can re-enter for another six months within the same year.

The Government is aware of the loophole and has said visitors may be refused entry.

They said entry will not be permitted 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”.

The Government said: “Individuals without the necessary immigration permission for the activities that they intend to undertake in the UK, or where Border Force staff do not believe they meet the requirements for entry as a visitor, may be refused permission to enter at the border, which makes them liable for detention”.

The European Commission raised concerns about the treatment of EU citizens due to reports of visitors stopped from entering the UK and sent to immigration removal centres.

Source: Read Full Article