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We'll need to pay to enter these 30 European countries from November

Brits will need a visa to enter the Schengen Area which is made up of 26 EU countries and 4 EFTA countries.

There will be a fee of €7 (about £6) and the ETIAS must be obtained at least 96 hours before entering the zone.

Published by
Mad_Dog_Daniel·19/01/2023
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What is ETIAS and why should I care?

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a bit like the USA's ESTA program and will cover the Schengen Area which is made up of 26 European Union (EU) countries and 4 European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries.

From 1st November 2023, British travellers will be required to have an ETIAS visa waiver to enter the Schengen Area.

There will be an online form asking some security questions and results should be pretty speedy.

The rules for the amount of time you can spend in the Schengen Area will remain exactly the same as they are now - an allowance of 90 days in the Schengen Area within a 180-day period.

If you want to stay more than 90 days, you will need a different visa entirely. Check the Gov.uk page for the latest travel info.

Do I need to pay the fee every time I enter a Schengen Area country?

No, the visa waver fee lasts for three years, so you will only need to pay again once it expires, or if you get a new passport.

Who does the fee apply to?

The fee only applies to adults aged 18+, those under 18 do not have to pay any fees.

When will the fee start?

The scheme is due to begin 1 November 2023.

What countries are included?

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Malta

  • Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

What countries aren't included?

  • Republic of Ireland - Brits will not need an ETIAS to travel to the Republic of Ireland as it is not in the Schengen Area and the two countries have a longstanding Common Travel Area that predates Schengen Area.