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European Commission Proposes New ETIAS Visa After Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May has named Wednesday 29th as the day that the government will trigger Article 50, thus beginning the process of the UK leaving the EU. While much of what Brexit will actually mean is still yet to be decided, the Express has published a report on one rather significant change that is sure to affect you: the European Commission’s ETIAS. 

What is ETIAS?

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is the European Commission’s projected visa scheme. While it is currently being negotiated, if it is passed it will apply to non-EU visitors – a group that Brits will fall into post-Brexit. 

Under the proposal, Britons entering the EU would need to pay a fee and apply for an ETIAS visa, which would include full details of the individual and security credentials. 

Who will it apply to?

In the past, citizens of countries such as the UK, United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada did not need a visa to enter Europe. However, this is set to change. The scheme would be applicable to the 54 countries that do not yet require a Schengen visa to visit the EU.

Travellers staying in Europe for tourism, business or transit for up to 90 days in any 180-day period would be affected.

How will it work?

Prior to arrival in the EU, travellers would have to provide the following: 

  • Biometric data
  • Passport or travel document information
  • EU member state of entry
  • Background health information
  • Criminal record
  • Previous EU immigration history

Applications will be checked against Europol and other security data in addition to manual processing. The fee for the visa is set at €5 for adults and is free for those under the age of 18. The visa will be valid for five years or until the person’s passport expiry.

Thankfully there are no immediate changes to travel rules, though. The proposed visa scheme isn’t due to take effect until 2020. But if you’re flying before then, don’t forget to book your travel insurance

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