UK citizens must pay £ 6 to obtain a visa to visit European holiday hotspots from 2022
UK holidaymakers will be forced to pay around Â£ 6 for a visa when they visit Europe’s most popular hot spots from next year.
Anyone visiting the Schengen area countries must request the document when the regime is introduced at the end of 2022. The Schengen area includes 26 European countries which have officially abolished all passports and all other types of border controls.
The European Commission has confirmed that its travel information and authorization system will apply to UK visitors. including vacation destinations like Greece, Spain, France and Portugal.
This will be an additional cost for UK holidaymakers who will also have to fork over local taxes such as the so-called Spanish Balearic Islands tourist tax, which adds around four euros per person per day to a summer break at seaside resorts such than Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca.
The European body said: “Visa-exempt third country nationals will only need a few minutes to complete an online application which in the vast majority of cases (over 95% expected) will result in automatic approval. .
âThe process will be simple, fast and affordable: the ETIAS authorization will cost â¬ 7 (Â£ 6), which will be a one-off fee, and will be valid for three years and for multiple entries. “
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The travel permit was intended to be introduced this year, but has been delayed due to the pandemic.
It will monitor entrants and check status against EU internal security, border and migration information systems before travel.
The European Commission added: “This will help identify in advance those who may pose a risk to safety or health, as well as compliance with migration rules.”
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