Britons must register for new visa waiver program

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

Currently, UK citizens are required to comply with new passport rules and entry requirements, but later this year, they will also be required to register for a new visa waiver program before entering a Schengen Zone country.

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

Tourists must ensure they meet the new requirements to enter EU countries such as France and Spain before traveling – or they may be refused at the airport.

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

Changes in passport expiry

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

Entry requirements for the Schengen Area

UK tourists 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.

UK people may have to show they have:

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ETIAS program

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

Persons from eligible countries (who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen zone, including the UK) will be required to register with ETIAS for visa waiver prior to travel.

Travelers will need to apply for ETIAS online, using a valid passport, email address, and debit or credit card to pay the application 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 various security databases.

Schengen Area countries

The 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.

Eligible countries for the ETIAS

Eligible countries 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, Macau, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Santa Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, East Timor, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

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