UK travellers will have to pay a fee to enter the EU

UK travellers will have to pay a fee to enter countries in the European Union from next year.

People who do not live in the EU will need to fill out a €7 (around £5 at the current exchange rate) application to enter.

At present people can spend up to 90 days, in every 180, in the EU without the need for a visa.

The visa is free of charge at the moment but the new fee will cover administrative costs and is intended to “increase security and help prevent health threats to the bloc.”

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The change is called the “European Travel Information and Authorisation System” or ETIAS.

Travellers will have to fill out an online application before they arrive and will be required to pay the fee then.

However, it’s free for those under 18s and over 70s.

The form will require passengers to fill out information such as their passport details, travel details and some security questions.

Once the application has been completed and approved it lasts for three years so doesn’t need to be completed every time you fly.

When the system was put forward in 2016, Sir Julian King said: “Terrorists and criminals don’t care much for national borders

“The only way to defeat them is by working together effectively. ETIAS will help do that: by spotting problem individuals and stopping them from coming, we’ll enhance Europe’s internal security.”
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