British tourists will soon need to follow new rules when entering EU countries

As the world is opening up for travel more and more many Brits are looking to catch some winter sun in Europe.

But, while we are permitted to travel visa free in the EU Schengen zone for 90 days out of every 180 this is about to change.

Under new restrictions, UK citizens will soon need to apply for travel authorisation to enter the EU.

Currently, 26 countries lie in the EU Schengen Zone including popular holiday hotspots like Portugal, France and Spain.

But, luckily, some EU countries are not categories as under the Schengen Zone – such as Croatia, reports the Express.

By the end of next year, British holidaymakers will need to apply for an ETIAS (European Travel Authorisation and Information System) to visit countries in the EU.

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The visa-style system will act in a similar way to the US and Australian schemes.

In a press statement, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency said: “The EU will not be the first to introduce such a system: for many years now, visa-exempt travellers have had to apply for a travel authorisation to enter the US, Canada or Australia.”

Under Brexit rules the UK will from the end of 2022 be considered a third country and so will be subject to the ETIAS programme.

The ETIAS was created to strengthen EU borders and protect the area from visitors who may pose a security or health risk.

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The electronic system will track visitors who enter the Schengen zone. Procedures for the ETIAS began in 2016.

Preparations are underway to launch the system by the end of next year and new staff have been hired for this purpose.

Any Brit who wants to stay in the Schengen Zone for up to three months will need to apply for a new ETIAS every time it expires.

It’s currently believed that each ETIAS will be valid for three years.

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