Visitors will be denied entry if they have not purchased the permit
Brits will soon have to pay a visa fee to enter European holiday destinations such as Italy, France and Spain.
New rules to be brought in from next year will require those travelling to the EU to have purchased a permit – and you could be barred from entering if you don’t have one.
The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) were originally set to be introduced in 2022 as a result of Brexit.
But after several delays, the likelihood is that they will now come into play after the 2024 Paris Olympics.
While those under 18 and over 70 can apply for the permit free of charge, everyone else will have to pay €7 (around £6) to travel to the EU.
As per the UK parliament: “ETIAS will apply to British and other non-EU/non Schengen country citizens travelling to all EU Member States, with the exception of Ireland. It will also apply for travel to the four non-EU Schengen countries.”
The permit will all be done electronically, and will allow the tracking of those who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Area, but do not have freedom of movement.
The ETIAS website adds that ‘citizens from the United Kingdom will be required to complete an ETIAS application prior to boarding an aircraft, sea carrier, or coach vehicle for Europe, and this includes travellers who will only be transiting in Europe en route to other destinations’.
Visitors will be denied entry to many popular destinations, like France, Spain and Italy, if they have not purchased the permit – something that must be presented to passport control on arrival.
ETIAS will give UK citizens the right to stay in Europe for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
Here’s the full list of countries that you’ll need a visa to travel to: