Visa Waver fee of €7 for British Nationals
Visa Waver fee for British Nationals - 4th August 2021. The European Commission have announced that British nationals will have to pay a visa waiver fee to enter the Schengen area from 2022
The ETIAS which stands for European Travel Information and Authorisation System is an online platform and is part of a plan to improve border security for the Schengen Area.
The ETIAS authorisation will cost €7 for all applicants between the ages of 18 and 70, and will be a one-off fee which will be valid for three years for multiple entries into Schengen states.
This is set to launch before the end of 2022 and will affect visa-exempt non-EU nationals.
Fortunately, ETIAS is easier to obtain than a visa, the registration process is fully online with no need to visit an embassy or consulate.
Travellers will need to fill in an online application form via an official website or use an app to receive approval. EU Commission state that “a vast majority of cases (expected to be over 95 per cent) will result in automatic approval”. If further checks are needed, authorisation may take up to 30 days.
It can be used for train, road, ferry, and air travel to Europe as well as to cross land and sea borders.
It will be a mandatory condition for entry to the Schengen States, and will be checked alongside travel documents by the border guards when crossing the EU border. The European Commission will publish the date from which travellers can apply on its official website.
Once a British citizen has crossed an external Schengen border with ETIAS they can move around the borderless travel zone without facing further checkpoints. Like other visa-exempt third-nationals, UK passport holders can stay in the Schengen zone for up to 90 days per 180-day period.
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Visa waiver fee for British Nationals
The European Commission states:
“This prior verification of visa exempt non-EU citizens will facilitate border checks; avoid bureaucracy and delays for travellers when presenting themselves at the borders; ensure a coordinated and harmonised risk assessment of third-country nationals; and substantially reduce the number of refusals of entry at border crossing points.”
It added that it will not change which non-EU countries are subject to a visa requirement, and will not introduce a new visa requirement for nationals of countries that are visa-exempt.
Read further information on ETIAS here.