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UK Parliament Calls on Govt to Protect Rights of British Citizens in New EU Travel Rules

The UK Parliament’s Justice and Home Affairs Committee sent a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel on Monday about new travel rules set to apply to Britons traveling to EU countries next year.

In the letter signed by the commission’s chairwoman, Baroness Sally Hamwi, the issue of EU regulations – the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) and Entry/Exit System (EES) – which are due to become operational after that year and apply to British travelers to the bloc – was raised. .

The letter urges the government to take the necessary measures to “address the ethical, legal, logistical and political challenges arising from new border checks due to be launched next year that will affect UK residents traveling to the EU”.

The Baroness also noted in the letter that the Committee believed that the Government had not given due consideration to the impact of ETIAS or EES on British travelers.

“Ongoing EES checks permanently are expected to slow down the flow of UK vehicles and passengers to and from the EU… If Schengen entry checks take more than a few seconds, within minutes cars cannot proceed”, among other things .

EES and ETIAS are two new border regimes that will both become effective in 2022 and will apply to British travelers, among others.

The EES will record the face and fingerprints of most travelers arriving at the external borders of the European Union and will also record their entry and exit into the building as well as the period of their stay. The commission feared that the EES could cause delays at EU borders and “permanently slow down the flow of UK vehicles and passengers to and from the EU”.

According to ETIAS, which is due to launch about six months after EES, travelers will be required to apply for a travel permit online prior to their trip to the European Union, which will cost €7.

The ETIAS permit will be valid for three years, which means that travelers will be able to travel with it as many times as they want to the EU, as long as they do not violate the permitted stay period.

“The system will automatically process applications to assess whether the applicant poses a security risk, illegal immigration or a high epidemic risk. This includes checks of the European Union security databases, INTERPOL and algorithmic profiling. Under this system, an unknown proportion of the Kingdom’s citizens will be lost The United Kingdom has the right to travel to the European Union,” according to a press release issued by the UK Parliament, regarding this issue.

The committee also asked the Home Secretary to do more to raise awareness about ETIAS and EES, insisting that updating travel advice would not be enough. The Minister of Interior was also advised to work on a system equivalent to ETIAS.

The issue of ETIAS and EES was discussed at the beginning of the months at the UK Lords Committee, which also involved the country’s chiefs of travel. The main concern of meeting attendees was the possibility that due to new EU travel rules, the British would face longer wait times, in particular, when using the ferry ports and the Channel Tunnel.

>> From mid-2022, Britons will no longer have their passports stamped during EU border checks

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