The latest Brexit bombshell could impact Britons Travelling to countries in the EU.
With the UK set to leave the EU in March 2019, recent News has warned that an expensive EU visa could be issued.
Martin Selmayr, the EU’s senior civil servant, said at the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group that a new visa policy would have to change where Britain was put.
This could mean being on a list that is either “visa-required” or “visa-free”.
If a visa is required, Britons could be charged £52 when entering the EU countries.
This is due to the current 90-day Schengen visa that people from outside of the EU are required to purchase.
A Schengen visa currently costs £52 and is a much steeper cost compared to previous suggestions of a £7 charge for an ESTA.
The ESTA is documentation used by the US for people entering from another country.
This could be brought in as soon as 2020 which includes a pre-authorisation before entering the country.
British Travels currently have to buy an ESTA when entering the US, even if just as a stopover destination.
EU officials explained how it is unlikely that Britons would be added to the “visa-required” list which would put them on the same list as counties such as Afghanistan.
Countries such as Venezuela do not require visas despite not being in the EU thanks to previous close cooperation between the countries.
It isn’t the only change for the travel industry post-Brexit.
EHIC cards could no longer be valid after Brexit as they are the European Health card which allows protection when using medical services in the EU.
While it is unsure whether it will be valid after 2019, it will most likely remain in use like other countries out of the EU and in the EEA such as Norway and Iceland.
Blue passports are also set to be introduced, as the current EU burgundy passports will no longer be issued.
Thankfully there are some positive changes since the Brexit vote when it comes to travelling as a British citizen.
A number of countries are better value since the referendum two years ago.
Argentina holidaymakers will now get £420 more for their money compared to a year ago, thanks to the fluctuating exchange rate.
The pound has struggled against the euro in the past two years, meaning holiday destinations that use different currency can often be a cheaper option.
Source : EXPRESS