UK holidaymakers will be forced to pay around £6 for a visa when visiting Europe’s most popular hotspots from next year. Everyone visiting countries in the Schengen zone must apply for the document when the scheme is introduced at the end of 2022. The Schengen area comprises 26 European countries that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control. The European Commission has confirmed that its Travel Information and Authorisation System will apply to UK visitors. including holiday destinations like Greece, Spain, France and Portugal. It will be an extra cost for UK holidaymakers who also have to fork out for local levies such as the so-called tourist tax in Spain’s Balearic Islands, which adds around four euros per person per day to a summer break in resorts including Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca. The European body stated: “Visa-exempt non-EU nationals will only need a few minutes to fill in an online application which in a vast majority of cases (expected to be over 95%) will result in automatic approval. “The process will be simple, fast and affordable: the ETIAS authorisation will cost €7, (£6) which will be a one-off fee, and will be valid for three years and for multiple entries.”
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The travel permit was earmarked for introduction this year but was delayed because of the pandemic. It will monitor entrants and check status against EU information systems for internal security, borders and migration before travel. The European Commission added: “It will help to identify ahead of time people who may pose a risk to security or health, as well as compliance with migration rules.” For more stories from where you live, visit InYourArea.