Brits should register for a new visa waiver program

Brits should register for a new visa waiver program

Brits should register for a new visa waiver program

The post-Brexit travel rules have been in effect since January 1, 2021. But there are even more restrictions to be placed on British travelers since the UK left the EU.

Currently, UK citizens have to comply with the new passport rules and entry requirements, but by the end of the year they will also have to register for a new visa waiver program before entering a country in the Schengen zone.

Since leaving the EU, British citizens must now follow the same rules as people from non-EU countries, which tend to be stricter.

Vacationers must make sure they meet the new requirements for entry to EU countries such as France and Spain before traveling, otherwise they may be rejected at the airport.

Find out below what are the current and future travel restrictions that apply to UK citizens.

Changes to passport deadlines

People from the UK traveling to an EU country need to make sure their passports meet the new entry requirements. Passports must be:

Entry requirements for the Schengen area

UK holidaymakers visiting a country in the Schengen area (a group of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and border controls at their mutual borders) may need to provide additional documents when entering the country.

People from the UK may need to prove that they have:

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ETIAS program

ETIAS, which stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System, is a new program that will come into effect from November 2023.

People from eligible countries (which do not require a visa to enter the Schengen zone, including the UK), will need to register with ETIAS to obtain visa waiver before traveling.

Travelers will need to apply for ETIAS online, using a valid passport, email address, and debit or credit card to pay for the entry fee, which varies by country.

UK citizens will also need to provide their personal details and answer safety and health questions. The application will be checked against a series of security databases.

Schengen area countries

Schengen area countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal , Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Countries eligible for ETIAS

Countries eligible for ETIAS are Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras , Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Santa Lucia, Santa Vincent, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

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