How Brexit and ETIAS will influence UK residents
We will discuss the key provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and its implications for UK citizens traveling to Europe. The EU-UK Trade Agreement was concluded on December 24, 2020, and became effective May 1, 2021.
This agreement establishes the UK-EU relationship post-Brexit. It includes short-term travel with ETIAS and the new visa waiver. The rights of British citizens who live in or work in EU countries are also discussed. In addition to the trade agreement with the EU, the UK has also entered into financial agreements with several non-European nations. We are going to see how Brexit and ETIAS will influence traveling to the UK in the future.
Business and leisure trips to Europe
Citizens have been free to move about Europe since 1973, when the UK joined the EU (back then called the European Economic Area). This is no longer true now since the Brexit transition period has ended.
EU citizens can still travel to the United Kingdom on short-term trips. They must be granted permission to enter Europe. This is outlined in Article VSTV.1
“… both sides offer visa-free travel for short-term visitors to their nationals by their domestic laws.”
Both EU and UK citizens can continue to travel to study, research, train, and exchange youth. UK citizens will not need to apply for Schengen visas as they do with other nationalities. Updated rules have been made regarding driving, healthcare, and mobile roaming fees.
ETIAS for UK citizens
British citizens do not need to have a visa to travel to Europe. However, beginning in 2023, they will be required by ETIAS to waive their visa requirements. The European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, is being developed to register non-EU countries exempt from visa requirements. British tourists will require ETIAS to allow them to travel to Europe from Britain, according to the EU Commission.
ETIAS is easier than a visa. Online registration is possible; you don’t have to visit any consulates. ETIAS will increase EU security. Visitors will be checked before they arrive to prevent dangerous individuals from crossing the border.
British passport holders must pay a small fee, as with all ETIAS applicants. It is possible to claim that UK tourists will continue contributing to EU budgets even after Brexit by adding the EU’s ETIAS surplus to the EU general budget.
The ETIAS application process for UK citizens
ETIAS applications for UK citizens can be done entirely online. Travelers will no longer need to be present in the United Kingdom for visa waiver applications.
The ETIAS application can be completed quickly and easily, but all information must be correct and accurate. Mistakes could cause a delay or rejection.
UK citizens applying for an ETIAS visa waiver must not only pay the ETIAS fee via credit card or debit card but also provide these details:
- Personal Information This includes the full name of the traveler, their date and birthplace, and their gender
- Contact information including current address and email address as well as phone number
- Passport details including passport number, country of issue, date of issue, and expiration
- Travel Plans include information about which countries travelers will visit and what other countries they plan to visit
Additional information may be requested by travelers, including questions regarding security and health. To detect potential threats, this information is cross-checked with the Schengen security system.
ETIAS applicants receive email notification of their decision.
While European authorities expect an ETIAS waiver acceptance ratio of approximately 95%, there is always the chance that an applicant may not be granted. The applicant will be notified via email of the reason for rejection and have the option to appeal the decision. All appeals must be made directly at the Schengen member country where the traveler is planning first to enter. They will then be dealt with according to their individual laws.
It is essential to note that ETIAS to UK citizens doesn’t guarantee entry to Europe. The final decision rests with European border officials.
Time limits for staying after ETIAS
Holders of UK passports are allowed to stay in Schengen for up to 90 days consecutively, just like other visa-exempt third nations. Valid ETIAS authorizations approved by the destination country will be valid for three years or until the passport expires. British tourists won’t need to apply each time they travel to Europe.
ETIAS is not a result of Brexit, and also, ETIAS is not due to Brexit. If the UK had not departed the European Union, the travel authorization wouldn’t have been necessary for British passport holders.
Traveling from the EU to the United Kingdom
The UK will soon provide its visa waiver, the UK ETA. For short business or vacation trips, EU citizens will not need a visa to enter Britain. They will need electronic travel authorization. This is similar to the EU’s request for British citizens and other visa-free travelers.
The British government believes that the visa waiver for the United Kingdom should be implemented by 2025. Once the new system is in place, the ESTA will become a mandatory entry requirement. Like ETIAS, the UK ETA will be a digital program. Visitors must apply online before they can travel to the United Kingdom.
In the first quarter of 2021, the number of people being turned away at the UK border increased. The UK visa waiver can reduce this. Per-screening visa-free travelers could help.
Is my criminal record or contagious history going to affect my admissibility?
The EU is yet to establish the conditions, criminal histories, and other factors that will lead to a denied or ineligible ETIAS request. A British citizen may appeal to an EU member country if denied ETIAS. This could be due to a criminal record, medical conditions, or any other personal history considered a security threat to the EU. For applicants who have had their ETIAS appeals denied, the EU has not yet specified a process or alternative travel authorization.
I have residency status in an EU member country. Do I still need ETIAS?
Yes, regardless of where you reside in the EU, you will require an ETIAS if your passport is from a country that requires ETIAS. An approved ETIAS is not required if you have a passport or citizenship from another EU member.
What happens if I have an EU passport? Do I still need an ETIAS?
You don’t need ETIAS if you have a passport issued by an EU member state.