UK and US travellers will need to pay €7 EU entry fee by end of 2022
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British travellers will soon need to pay a fee to enter the Schengen Zone when the European Travel and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is put in place at the end of 2022.
Once the scheme comes into force it will mean that all third-country nationals will be required to fill out a form and pay a fee of €7 (£6) to travel to the EU. As we previously reported the ETIAS system was originally slated to come into play at the beginning of 2021 but was delayed.
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The ETIAS fee and form is a visa-waiver scheme similar to the current ESTA system used across the pond in the U.S. The form will act as a travel pre-authorisation system to allow travellers from 61 third countries outside of the Schengen Area – including the U.K. and U.S. – to enter the region without a full visa.
Although unrelated to current COVID-19 travel requirements the new fee and form will only add to a growing list of admin requirements holidaymakers must organise before they travel. Travellers already have to provide proof of vaccine certification, negative COVID-19 test results and possible quarantine depending upon where in the world they are travelling to.
The good news, at least, is that once your details are registered the authorisation will remain valid for three years, or until your passport expires. This echoes the current system employed by the American ESTA.
Prior to Brexit and the U.K. exit from the EU, British citizens would have been allowed freedom of movement across Europe.
The European Commission has said that they expect the scheme to be in place by the end of 2022 and a compulsory requirement by 2023.
At present, it isn’t possible to register for ETIAS, although as reported by Which? there are a growing number of non-official websites offering notifications and information regarding the rollout.
As always, we’d recommend that you ensure any information you follow comes from an official source such as the European Commission website.
Third-party sites offering to act as a middleman are avoided. Crucially at the time of writing nobody should be paying more than the announced €7 or £6 fee for ETIAS, unless stated by the European Commission.
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