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Holidays are well and truly back following the various travel bans and restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, things will be changing for Brits planning to travel to several European countries as a new visa is being introduced.
As reported by Chronicle Live, British travellers will have to pay to enter 26 European countries as a change in the Schengen Area entry rules will require non-EU tourists to obtain a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) visa.
The EU’s ETIAS website says: ‘ETIAS will be a largely automated IT system created to identify security, irregular migration or high epidemic risks posed by visa-exempt visitors travelling to the Schengen States, whilst at the same time facilitate crossing borders for the vast majority of travellers who do not pose such risks.
‘Non-EU nationals who do not need a visa to travel to the Schengen area will have to apply for a travel authorisation through the ETIAS system prior to their trip.’
The change is due to come into force in 2023 and is applicable to British travellers aged between 18 and 70. The visa will cost €7 (£6).
Currently, the 26 countries that will require the visa are:
- Czech Republic
It is expected to extend to four more countries, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania.
While it should be a simple process, travellers will need a passport or equivalent and should ensure that they are prepared in advance as it could take up to 96 hours to obtain the ETIAS visa.
It will cover the Schengen Area, with the exception being the Republic of Ireland.