New EU travel permit set to be introduced for Spain, France, Italy and Greece
Holidaymakers will soon need to buy a travel permit to enter certain European countries such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece.
Those over the age of 18 will have to pay around €7 for the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) when it comes into force next year. At the moment, people from the UK don’t need a visa to enter countries in the Schengen area – which is most of Europe.
But now, holidaymakers have been warned that they could be barred from travelling if they don’t have an ETIAS in place. Wales Online reports that the ETIAS will be introduced later this year and be fully implemented in 2024. It is a completely electronic system that allows and keeps track of visitors from countries who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Zone.
The EU has said: “Recent security concerns with terrorism and the migrant crisis have called for better management of who is entering EU borders. The EU has continuously declared its goal of making travelling within its borders a more secure experience. To reduce procedures and wait times and address security concerns, the European Commission (EC) has come up with a solution – ETIAS.”
“The ETIAS will undergo a detailed security check of each applicant to determine whether they can be allowed to enter any Schengen Zone country. While citizens of countries who do not need a visa for travel purposes of up to 90 days in the EU do not need to go through a long process of applying for the visa, the ETIAS will make sure that these people are not a security threat.”
These are the European countries that will require a valid ETIAS upon arrival at their borders: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Reasons the ETIAS can be denied to UK citizens:
- You have a criminal background, pose a danger to society, or are on a travel watchlist about suspected terrorists
- You provide fraudulent information during the application.
- You are travelling from an area with an epidemic/pandemic outbreak and could be a danger to public health.
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