Heathrow and Gatwick: British tourists traveling to the EU will have to pay the fare under the new rule in 2022

Many Londoners will hope that 2022 will be the year when holidays are finally back on the cards after nearly two years of travel uncertainty.

If you’re looking for sunnier climbs, many are looking straight across the English Channel to Europe.

However, since the UK left the EU in January last year, additional fees will soon be incurred for your travel.

The additional fees for Brits traveling to the EU are slated to roll out from late 2022 and will add to costs, paperwork and pre-travel planning, reports CambridgeshireLive.

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The travel rules changed after Brexit

This is due to the UK leaving the EU after Brexit and the change in the free movement rule in the Daily Express reports.

Travelers from Great Britain to part of the EU within the Schengen Agreement will be charged the surcharge and treated like any other non-EU nation.

UK travelers approved by the European Commission are required to pay a £ 5.88 (€ 7) visa fee and register their details prior to entering the Schengen EU countries.

The visa fee is for travelers aged 18 to 70 and must be completed via an official website or mobile phone app prior to travel.

The European Travel and Information and Authorization Scheme (ETIAS) currently allows residents of 61 non-EU countries to enter the Schengen area with prior authorization reported by Kent Live.

Instead of requiring a visa, the program collects a levy that allows holders to stay and travel in the EU’s Schengen signatory states for up to 90 days.

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It is a fully electronic system and tracks visitors from countries that do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area.

According to post-Brexit agreements, Great Britain will be added to ETIAS from the end of 2022 and includes all nations of the Schengen area as well as a number of non-Schengen “micro-states” such as Vatican City.

The legal process for the adoption of the ETIAS program started in 2016 and is expected to enter into force for travelers from the end of 2022.

The ETIAS carries out a security screening of every applicant to see if they are allowed to enter a country in the Schengen zone in order to avoid the need for visas.

Together with the new ETIAS system, passports will still be required for travel to the EU until the end of 2022.

The ETIAS says: “While citizens of countries that do not require a visa for travel purposes of up to 90 days in the EU will not have to go through a lengthy visa application process, the ETIAS will ensure that these people do not pose a security threat.

“This travel authorization system collects, tracks and updates necessary information about visitors to determine whether it is safe for them to enter Schengen countries.

“The ETIAS is not only used for business and tourism purposes, but also for medical and transit reasons to travel to the Schengen countries. In addition, it will be mandatory for all Schengen visa-free countries. “

The ETIAS authorization is not a visa and is valid for three years after the application is completed and approved, so travelers do not have to re-apply or pay the fee every time they fly to the EU.

The program is expected to cover 60 countries including the UK, Australia and the USA.

Currently, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for vacations or short trips without a visa.

As non-visa citizens, they can visit the UK as “standard visitors” without having to apply for a visa prior to travel and can apply for entry at the UK border, Kent Live reported.

Standard visitors can stay in the UK for up to six months.

The government has stated that there is no set maximum length that a person can spend in the UK for any length of time, e.g. six months.

In contrast, UK citizens taking short trips to the EU, EEA or Switzerland can stay visa-free for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days.

However, the government has stated that UK visitors may be refused entry if “their travel history shows that they are trying to stay in the UK for an extended period of time or are trying to make the UK their home through repeated visits”.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual number of travelers visiting Europe from the UK has decreased significantly in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Overall, the number of British travelers visiting Europe reached around 18.7 million in 2020, up from 72 million in 2019.

In addition, the number of visits from Europe to the UK in 2020 has also fallen sharply due to the pandemic.

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