Will British Citizens need a visa to visit Europe?

Will British Citizens need a visa to visit Europe

Since Brexit, citizens of the UK have not needed a visa to visit any European Union member states. Passengers arriving in EU countries can enter using only their British passport.

However, British travellers will have to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver every 3 years to travel to EU countries post-Brexit. The European Commission has confirmed that UK citizens can apply for the travel authorization once it is implemented in November 2023

I'm a British, Will I need a visa to travel to the EU?

An ETIAS visa waiver is not a visa. It is instead an electronic travel permit. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System is being introduced to improve safety and security across the Schengen Area. 

British citizens can obtain this visa waiver to enter Europe like other visa-exempt third countries such as the USA and Canada once ETIAS goes live in November 2023.

In short: you don’t need a visa but from Nov 2023 you have to apply for ETIAS visa waiver application.

What I need to do to visit the EU?

British Citizens will be able to register with ETIAS from November 2023. The application process is simple.

Complete the short ETIAS online application form. The application form should not take longer than 10 minutes to complete.

To complete the online form, applicants will need to provide their name, address, passport information, and answer questions about their health and criminal history.

Most applications will be very quickly approved. ETIAS waiver acceptance rate of around 95%, the possibility remains that an application may be denied. In such cases, the applicant will receive justification for the rejection via email, and will then have the right to appeal the decision.

Do I need to pay for ETIAS?

Currently, the British do not charge entry fees to enter the Schengen area.

However, in November 2023, the ETIAS will be launched. There will be a small fee to cover the cost of processing the application.

British applicants under 18 or over 70 will not have to pay for an ETIAS visa waiver.

However, this charge is not exclusive to British citizens. All third-country nationals who enjoy visa exemption for the EU must register with the ETIAS and pay the small processing fee. This includes Americans, Canadians, and Australians, among others.

Now that the UK is no longer a member of the EU, British citizens do not enjoy the perks of being an EU citizen and must abide by the same travel rules as any other visitor.

How long is ETIAS valid for?

Once ETIAS has been approved, it will be valid for a period of 3 consecutive years or until the traveller’s passport expires.

How long can I travel in Europe after Brexit?

The biggest change for UK nationals following Brexit is that the maximum length they can stay is now limited to 90 days per 180-day period.

Additionally, it is possible to travel between countries in the zone without being subjected to border checks.

It is valid for tourism, business, and transit in all Schengen Area countries.


Information source: ETIAS.info
Apply here: ETIAS visa waiver application
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