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Etias / EES
« on: Thursday, 04 August, 2022 @ 00:56:19 »
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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