What are the new EU travel rules and how will they impact Brits?

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Do you know about the upcoming changes? (Picture: Getty Images)

A startling number of British holidaymakers are unaware about the massive changes happening this year that will impact the way they travel. 

Travellers from the UK will have to follow the rules of the European Union’s Entry/Exit Scheme (EES), which will involve changes to entering and leaving countries in the EU.

In a poll of more than 2,000 people by Co-op Insurance, two-thirds of Brits (63%) said they don’t know what the changes are, which include fingerprints and facial scans when crossing borders.

The EES system will come in tandem with Brits needing to buy a visa waiver to visit EU and Schengen countries.

Here, we break down what the new border control system is and what to expect when going on holiday in Europe.

What is EES and how is it different to ETIAS?

Jetting off for a European getaway is set to change drastically this autumn, with the introduction of the European Union’s Entry/Exit Scheme.

EES is an automated system to register travellers from non-EU countries every time they cross a border into or out of the EU. 

The system will register the person’s name, the type of travelling document they’re using, biometric data (fingerprints and captured facial images), and the date and place of entry and exit. 

The changes will impact Brits travelling to EU and Schengen countries (Picture: Getty Images)

Once the data has been captured, it’s expected to remain in the system for three years after a traveller’s last trip to an EU country using EES. After this time has passed, it will be erased from the system.

A spokesperson from the House of Commons told that travellers will not need to re-register this data if they travel to multiple Schengen Zone countries within the three-year period, but they will after that time.

The EU says on its website that ‘the main advantage of the EES is saving time,’ because it replaces passport stamping and ‘automates border control procedures’ to make travelling ‘more efficient’.

It remains to be seen how the system will impact travel, but in the poll by Co-op insurance, 46% of British travellers said they felt put off by the process of storing this type of data for three years.

The EES scheme is different to the European Travel Information and Authorisation Scheme (ETIAS), which will run alongside the former and require British travellers to apply for a visa waiver to visit most EU countries.

The expected fee of the visa waiver is €7 (£6) to visit any country in the Schengen Area.

Will UK citizens need to use EES?

Yes. As a result of the UK voting to leave the European Union, Brits will have to follow the same rules as other countries outside of the EU.

You will have to scan your passport at an automated self-service kiosk before crossing the border.

This process will sadly replace the manual stamping of passports for visitors to countries in the EU and Schengen Area, who are not themselves nationals of EU or Schengen …read more

Source:: Metro


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