As Brexit draws closer and closer, we continue to learn new information about the changes it will bring – albeit very little solid information due to the very real prospect of a No Deal.
Anyway, that’s a whole different kettle of fish.
What we have learnt, and what has been confirmed by the European Commission is that British travellers wanting to visit any countries in the European Union will have to pay £6 post Brexit.
While the prospect of having to actually PAY to jump across the pond, it’s not as bad as it seems.
The fee is to pre-register for an electronic visa waiver, similar to the ESTA scheme used by the US, an will only need to be paid every three years. Two quid a year is a small price to pay to be able to escape to the sun during these long UK winters.
Natasha Bertaud, the co-ordinating spokesperson for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, confirmed the ETAIS would apply to British tourists after Brexit, but pointed out that it was a lot cheaper than the US ESTA scheme.
— Natasha Bertaud (@NatashaBertaud) December 13, 2018
Currently, there are 61 countries outside the EU who are allowed visa-free travel to the EU Schengen Zone (26 European states that have officially abolished passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders). Following the introduction of The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) scheme they will have to pay the small fee.
And since we will have officially left the EU by then, us Britons will no longer be exempt either.
The ETIAS scheme has been introduced in an effort to reduce security concerns with terrorism and the migrant crisis, which have called for better management of the EU borders. This electronic visa will be a way to track who is coming into the bloc without Schengen visa-free countries go through a long and arduous visa process.
(Image: Schengen Visa Info)
The electronic visa waiver will be introduced in Jan 2021 so get your visa-free travel in while you still can!