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Brits Will Have to Pay €7 Once in 3 Years & Not Every Time They Travel to EU

Some British media have sparked panic among British citizens about trips to EU member states starting in mid-2022, more specifically, regarding the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS).

The latter is a travel permit, which third-country nationals under the visa-free Schengen system are required to obtain sometime in the second half of next year, reports.

For the British, as former citizens of the European Union, the document may seem too much, but they actually need to obtain a similar document when traveling to the US, called an Electronic System Travel Authorization (ESTA).

In particular, British media have reported that UK citizens will have to pay an “exorbitant fee” to enter Europe every time they travel into the building. In fact, EU ETIAS is cheaper than US ESTA, with the first costing €7 while the second currently costs just under €13 ($14).

One headline stated that “British tourists will be affected by huge post-Brexit fees for EU holidays in 2022”, while another claims that “post-Brexit fees will make holidays in Europe more expensive”.

The new requirements will not make trips to Europe more expensive. Not only because the €7 per application fee is very low compared to the fees paid by other third countries for visa applications (€80), but also because British nationals will only have to apply for ETIAS every three years, not every time they travel to the EU.

“The ETIAS will not burden travelers’ money as it will only cost €7. At the same time, every ETIAS approved will be valid for three years, or until the expiry of the holder’s passport, whichever comes first,” explained travel experts at , also noting that a single travel permit can be used to travel to the European Union multiple times, as long as the card holders do not exceed the permitted period of stay in the Schengen area.

Experts further explain that travelers under the age of 18 will not have to pay any fees when applying for an ETIAS travel permit.

About 1.4 billion travelers from more than 60 countries in the world will have to get ETIAS by the end of next year, including Americans, Georgians, Albanians and others. The same can currently travel to 26 countries in the Schengen area without a visa.

The European Union created ETIAS in an effort to prevent entry into its territory of those who pose a threat to security, public health or migration into the region. The procedures for its creation began in 2016.

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