After the United Kingdom left the European Union, French authorities began conducting checks and issuing fines to all Britons who do not meet the 90-day stay limit in the country.
Since January 2021, which marks the end of the Brexit transition period, UK nationals without a French residence permit have been subject to stricter restrictions on the length of their permitted stay.
This is because travelers from the UK are now considered third country nationals, which means they need to follow entry rules other than those that apply to arrivals from the European Union, TheSchengen.com reports.
To ensure that travelers do not face any inconvenience when leaving France, the latter’s authorities have again warned all UK citizens not to stay in the country.
“From 1 January 2021, which marks the end of the transition period, European rights will not apply within the UK. The regulations governing the movements of UK nationals and members of their families will change from that date onwards,” said a statement from the official French visa website.
According to Local, travelers from the UK have revealed that they are stopped and fined at the border when returning to their country if the entry stamp in their passport is older than 90 days.
Under current rules applicable in France for travelers from the United Kingdom, visitors can enter French territory for short-term stays without a visa. However, they must ensure that they do not stay for more than 90 days within 180 days in the territory of the Schengen area.
Travelers who do not comply with this rule risk facing more complex travel restrictions in the future. The Schengen Visa Calculator developed by TheSchengen.com helps each traveler to check the remaining number of days a person can stay in the Schengen area.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that from mid-2022, UK citizens will have to pay a fee of €7 once every three years to enter Europe. Experts have made it clear that only travelers over the age of 18 will not have to pay any fees when applying for an ETIAS travel permit.
Travel experts explained: “ETIAS will not burden travelers’ finances as it will only cost €7.”
In addition, British travel chiefs have warned that Britons traveling to the European Union could face long queues at the border starting next year due to the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIA) and Entry and Exit System (EES), which are expected to be. Effective by mid 2022.
Following changes to travel rules that will soon apply to Britons, the British Parliament’s Justice and Home Affairs Committee has sent a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel. The speech raised the issue of EU regulations and urged the government to take all necessary measures to meet the challenges arising from the new border inspections.
>> The UK Parliament has called on the government to protect the rights of British citizens in the new EU travel rules