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United Kingdom Visa News

 1 February 2019

EU offers Britons visa-free travel for short trips, if UK reciprocates

  • The European Union plans to allow UK citizens visa-free travel after Brexit, if they are travelling to Europe on a short trip. The European Council will negotiate the terms and then submit the legislation to the European Parliament to pass the legislation.

    Visa-Free travel would apply to British citizens for a period of 90-180 days, who are travelling to any of the 26 countries, with open borders (The Schengen Area). The Council stipulates that 'Visa exemption is granted on the condition of reciprocity'. The UK has previously said it does not intend to require a visa from EU citizens traveling to Britain for short stays after Brexit. But if that changes, the EU would "commit to act without delay" to impose reciprocal visa requirements, it warns.

    However, the European Commission has also confirmed that as of 2021, UK visitors to the EU will have to pay €7 (about $8) for the European Travel Information and Authorization Scheme (ETIAS), which can be bought online ahead of travel. This will last for three years and ensure smooth entry at EU borders and airports, similar to the current ESTA scheme that many tourists use to travel to the United States.

    如果英国做出回应,欧盟可为短途旅行提供英国人免签证旅行

    欧盟计划允许英国公民在英国退欧后免签证旅行,如果他们短途旅行到欧洲旅行。欧洲理事会将协商条款,然后将立法提交欧洲议会通过立法。

    免签证旅行将适用于90-180天的英国公民,他们前往26个国家中的任何一个国家,开放边界(申根区)。理事会规定“在互惠条件下授予签证豁免”。英国之前曾表示,英国退欧后不会要求欧盟公民在英国短期停留签证。但是,如果情况发生变化,欧盟将“承诺立即行动”以实施互惠签证要求,它警告说

    然而,欧盟委员会还证实,截至2021年,英国的欧盟游客将不得不支付7欧元(约合8美元)的欧洲旅游信息和授权计划(ETIAS),可以在旅行前在线购买。这将持续三年,确保在欧盟边境和机场顺利进入,类似于许多游客前往美国的当前ESTA计划。

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