BRITS, who are traveling to a number of holiday hotspots in Europe next year, are being warned of new changes.
Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria have all applied to join the EU’s Schengen area.
And a majority vote in the European Parliament for Croatia’s bid means it’s likely to join from January 2023.
However, this means a new set of rules.
Croatia, which currently uses the kuna as its currency, will switch to the euro when it joins the EU.
This means that Brits with old currencies lying around may not be able to use them once in the country.
According to local media, the kuna and euro will be accepted for a period of two weeks before the euro becomes the main currency.
The new rules would also allow passport-free travel between Croatia and other Schengen zone countries.
Both Romania and Bulgaria, which applied to join in 2011, also hope to join next year, although a date has yet to be confirmed.
Unfortunately, since leaving the EU after Brexit, the UK is no longer in the Schengen zone.
Britons are still required to have a passport with at least three months remaining and are only allowed to stay for 90 days in any 180-day period.
And new rules from next year will also require Britons to pay for a visa to travel to Schengen zone countries.
The ETIAS system, similar to the US Esta, means Brits have to pay €7 (£6) for a three-year ‘visa’ when traveling to countries in the EU.
People between the ages of 18 and 70 must pay them if they are traveling for less than 90 days, with applications being made 96 hours before travel.
Applicants will be asked for information about their identity, passport, education, job, recent travel and criminal convictions, including if you have ever been kicked out of a country.
Another new system is the Entry/Exit System (EES), which is expected to be introduced from May 2023.
Britons have to give their fingerprints, register their name and their points of entry and exit.
This replaces the need to stamp passports, which has been required for British passengers in Europe since Brexit.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/20454350/europe-holiday-croatia-bulgaria-rules/ Holiday warning for Brits heading to European hotspots next year