ETIAS visa rules changes for 2024 explained: Here’s what it means for Brits

A raft of new rules will be introduced for Brits traveling to Europe next year.

Here’s everything you need to know if you’re going on vacation in 2024.

Brits will need a visa waiver to travel to Europe next year - here's what you need to know


Brits will need a visa waiver to travel to Europe next year – here’s what you need to knowPhoto credit: Alamy

Do I need a visa to travel to Europe?

Brits will eventually need a visa waiver to holiday in European countries, called the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).

This is similar to the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ESTA) required to visit the United States.

However, despite the plans to introduce this next year, it has since been pushed back to 2025.

The official website currently states: “The travel rules to Europe have changed.”

“From mid-2025, around 1.4 billion people from over 60 visa-exempt countries will need a travel permit to enter most European countries.”

People between the ages of 18 and 70 will need an ETIAS from November 2023.

All arrivals need one, regardless of whether they arrive by plane, boat or car, and it is required even if they are just traveling through Europe.

It applies to countries in the Schengen area – the 26 European states include popular hotspots such as: France, SpainGreece and Portugal.

This visa is only valid for stays of less than 90 days. Other visas are required for longer stays.

How do I get a visa for Europe?

If they are alive, Brits can purchase a visa waiver from the official EU website.

You must submit the application online before you travel, at least 96 hours before departure.

Applicants will be asked to provide information about their identity, passport, education, place of work, recent travel and criminal convictions.

European officials claim that around 95 percent of all applications will be successful within minutes, but there is a risk that they will be rejected, requiring an appeal.

The website states: “You will receive an email confirming the submission of your application, which will contain your unique ETIAS application number. Be sure to retain this number for future reference.”

“Since your ETIAS travel authorization is linked to your travel document, make sure you carry the same document that you used in your ETIAS application.

“Otherwise, you will not be allowed to board your flight, bus or ship or enter any of the European countries where ETIAS is required.”

How much does the ETIAS cost?

The ETIAS visa costs €7 (£6.10) and is valid for three years or until your passport expires.

The new visa system was due to be introduced last year but was delayed by the European Union’s new entry and exit system (EES).

This will be rolled out next year after also experiencing delays.

Read more at the Scottish Sun

The new digital system checks the person’s name, biometric data and the date and place of entry and exit and replaces the stamping of passports and scanning of documents.

The official website states: “The EES replaces passport stamping and automates border control procedures, making traveling to European countries using the EES more efficient for the traveler.”

Brits need a visa for hotspots like Spain and France


Brits need a visa for hotspots like Spain and FrancePhoto credit: Alamy

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