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--- Quote ---Britons won't have to pay EU visa waiver fee next summer
The Etias scheme has been delayed, but a new fingerprint system risks catching out holidaymakers from May

British tourists will not have to pay a fee to go on summer holidays in the EU next year, but will have to submit a photograph and fingerprints to a new entry system to the bloc.

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (Etias) is the EU’s answer to the Esta, which tourists must have to enter the United States.

Etias had been due to come into force next May but has now been delayed until November 2023. It was previously scheduled to begin at the end of this year.

The new rules mean Britons, who are no longer EU citizens after Brexit, will have to apply online for a pass costing €7 to enter the bloc. The pass lasts for three years or until the expiry of the traveller’s passport, whichever comes first.

“The Etias is scheduled to enter into operation as of November 2023,” said a European Commission spokesman.

The delay will be welcomed by a travel industry fearful that summer holidaymakers would fall foul of the change in rules.

However, the EU’s long-delayed Entry/Exit system (EES) is still due to come into force in May and risks catching out summer tourists.

The system requires the registration of non-EU travellers' photos and fingerprints, which will be submitted in the form of biometric data. It will also register the name, travel documents and date and place of entry and exit.
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On What is the Entry/Exit System (EES)?


--- Quote ---Next summer’s holidays face threat from new EU fingerprint checks

New EU fingerprint checks threaten to ruin next summer’s holiday getaway, the boss of the Port of Dover has warned.

Doug Bannister, Dover’s chief executive, said the new EU system of biometric checks for travellers could cause “significant and continued disruption for a very long time.”

The EU’s new “Entry-Exit System” (EES) will require any Briton who wants to travel to the EU to apply for a travel authorisation document that will allow them into the bloc for three years.

Every time they seek to enter the EU they will be expected to show a facial image and provide four fingerprints from which only children aged under 12 will be exempt.

The regime... applies to entry through any EU port, airport or border checkpoint for non-EU travellers.

The regulation sets out that all adults and teenagers will have to provide not only biometric data of facial image and fingerprints but also personal data including first name and surname, date of birth, nationality, sex as well as the travel document and the three-letter code of the issuing country of the document.
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--- Quote ---Holidaymakers in the dark over €7 charge to visit Europe

Nine in 10 British holidaymakers are in the dark about a new EU scheme which will require them to pay €7 per person to visit most European countries.

A new report has warned few people know about the upcoming charges, which take effect from November 2023 and are expected to collectively cost British citizens €275m per year.

The ETIAS system applies to all non-European travellers and each €7 visa-waiver permits the holder a 90-day stay. Once a traveller has been approved they will not have to apply for another visa-waiver for three years.

On top of the €7 fee, travellers will also have to upload some personal information including passport details as well as answering security questions and health questions concerning infectious diseases.

The ETIAS application is expected to take 10 minutes to complete but could take up two weeks to process if it requires manual assessment.
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--- Quote ---Fingerprint and face checks at EU border to take British travellers ‘up to four times longer’
Exclusive: Entry-Exit System that UK asked to be subject to could cause serious snarl-ups at ports and airports

European nations have warned that new fingerprint and face checks on arriving in the EU could take “up to four times longer” than the present system – with the processing time increased by up to two minutes per person.

The tougher border checks, known as the “Entry Exit System” (EES), are due to come into effect in May 2023 – just ahead of the peak summer season.

The UK helped develop the EES while part of the European Union – then, with the Brexit withdrawal treaty, asked to become subject to the new system.

From next summer, each time a third-country national crosses an EU external border, fingerprints and a facial biometric must be checked.
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"...European nations have warned that new fingerprint and face checks on arriving in the EU could take “up to four times longer” than the present system – with the processing time increased by up to two minutes per person..."

If those same European nations don't up their game to deal with the procedure and minimise any possible delay they should expect a dramatic downturn in visitor numbers in 2024. It's not rocket science!

The whinging whining doom-mongering article has all the hallmarks of Remainers (sorry Rog, bit of politics there ;-)  )


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