Brexit Travel Restrictions

UK residents, are you planning to spend summer vacations and want to travel from UK to Spain(the ultimate party place), Greece(white beauty), Italy and Portugal, then hold your horses because, under the new scheme, UK arrivals may be refused to enter these countries unless they possess new documents. Post BREXIT, things have not been the same for UK residents in terms of travel experiences. Holiday planners will be required to take travel permit which allows them to enter all EU nations.

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Any UK residents who want to travel from UK to the EU will have to buy a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) visa waiver before they depart or else they won’t be allowed to enter. ‘Eurovisa’ will cost around £6. They should also complete their application form online to get ETIAS till November. “gooogletrends.com”

The reason behind this travel ban:

Since Brexit, the UK has been facing many consequences and this is one of them. During this Brexit process, it was speculated that this travel policy might change for travel from UK to EU

As per reports, this step has been taken to enhance security and enforce the borders of the Schengen zone, which includes most of Europe’s mainland countries. Earlier, you could travel to Schengen Area for a period of 90 to 180 days with friends and family without any hassle and fees.

The launch date of the scheme was changed in February earlier this year, by the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs at the European Commission in Brussels by pushing it further for a later part of the year. This speculation was going quite a few years for new travel norms but now it will come into effect from November 2023

The ‘eurovisa’ was initially due to go live at the end of 2023, but somehow was pushed back to 2024 and now it has been tipped to come in later this year.

This is not the first instance when the date has slipped back and now again it is speculated that it will be moved again.

People from outside the 27 EU countries and the wider Schengen area will have to register themselves online and pay for a three-year permit once this scheme comes into effect, and later enjoy these places.

checklist required for travel from UK to be followed for smooth travel :

1. Your passport should be valid.

2. You should have a Schengen Information System (SIS) alert

3. You are not considered as a risk.

4. You should complete the online application form

5. You should attend the interview.

If your ETIAS application is denied you can request it again.

Once approved the visitor must take care of the facts:

Fingerprints and facial biometrics are mandatory for every visitor entering the designated countries on arrival and departure.

Travelers will need to scan their passports or other travel documents at an automated self-service kiosk before crossing such countries’ borders.

The new charge will apply to anyone aged from 18 to 70. Each application will be valid for three years, and it’s believed that the approval process should take just a few minutes in the majority of cases,” the report said.

As per the new changes, the traveler passport’s validity isn’t just about the expiry date, as the document will also need to have been issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country, even if it’s well in date when you travel

What is the Schengen area?

Schengen area

Schengen Area signifies a zone where 27 European countries abolished their internal borders, for the free and unrestricted movement of people, in harmony with common rules for controlling external borders and fighting criminality by strengthening the common judicial system and police cooperation.

Most of the EU countries are covered under Schengen Area, except Ireland, and the countries that are soon to be part of the Schengen Area: Romania, Bulgaria, and Cyprus. Countries like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein are also part of the Schengen zone although they are not members of the EU.

Uniform Schengen visa holders can travel to all 27 member countries of the Schengen Area.

When did Brexit happen?

Brexit

UK took an exit from the EU on 31st January 2020, ending the association which start on 1ST Jan 1973. UK was only the sovereign nation to take exit from the EU, calling the event as Brexit.

One of the main reasons given by Brexit supporters was the desire to regain national sovereignty and control over decision-making. Critics and more than half of the population felt that EU membership limited the UK’s ability to make independent decisions on issues such as immigration, trade, and regulations.

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