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Brits hoping to head on EU holidays next year are in luck as the announced visa charge has officially been delayed.
Brits were set to be charged €7 (£5.92) for a visa-waiver form ahead of entry to EU member countries. N
However, it has now been announced that British travellers are unlikely to face the charge to enter the passport-free zone until 2024 at the earliest.
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The European travel information and authorisation system ( ETIAS ) is applied to non-EU citizens from around 60 countries that have visa-free travel within the EU.
But, the system is now scheduled to open from November 2023.
Brits can then benefit from a six month tradition period while authorities run information campaigns explaining the new rules.
ETIAS, which is similar to the US ESTA scheme means non-EU tourists will need to fill in a form and pay £5.93) – the equivalent of €7 – before entering the passport-free zone in Europe..
Everyone aged from 18 to 70 will need to pay the fee to holiday in countries like France, Germany and Italy, but each application will last for three years.
It’s believed that approval on the scheme should usually take just minutes.
The system was originally expected to start at the end of 2022, but was delayed until May 2023.
Now, this has been postponed by another six months, first reported by the website SchengenVisaInfo.com.
The new start dare has been published on the European Commission website.
No reason for the delay has yet been provided.
An ETIAS form will be required to enter all countries in the EU passport-free zone – even non EU countries like Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia.
Besart Bajrami, founder of SchengenVisaInfo.com, said: “Having an ETIAS means that Britons will be able to skip some of the checks they undergo now, as all their information will be available in their ETIAS. Border guards won’t even have to ask the questions that they ask now.”
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