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ETIAS UK for British Citizens Travelling to Europe
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What is ETIAS UK Visa Waiver?
European Travel Information and Authorization System is the new European Union framework for European travel. It is designed to enhance the Union’s security capabilities while ensuring a smooth and enjoyable traveling experience.
ETIAS, which will be launched in November 2023 and allow Canadian citizens to travel to the EU/Schengen Area (except Ireland) for up 90 days using a pre-issued, digital travel permit that is valid for three years.
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Requirements for ETIAS UK Citizens
To be eligible for the ETIAS visa exemption as a British citizen you must meet these criteria:
Please note that your ETIAS authorization will be electronically linked to your existing travel document, preventing you from transferring your permit from one passport to another.
Who Will Need ETIAS to Travel to Europe?
Starting November 2023, all nationals of 58 countries worldwide who are granted visa-free entry to the EU will need to present valid ETIAS authorisations at the border.
After applying, you will be issued a digital travel visa, which allows you to visit EU/Schengen countries for up 90 days. This permit can be renewed every three years.
ETIAS Eligible Countries
Before coming to Europe, individuals from the following nations must register for ETIAS:
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- North Macedonia
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts & Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Timor Leste
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Kingdom
- United States
The UK Citizens traveling to these countries must have a valid ETIAS visa waiver:
- San Marino
- Czech Republic
ETIAS UK FAQs
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Yes. When ETIAS becomes active in November 2023, British citizens will have to fill out an online application and pay a small fee before entering Europe. After the 6 months transition period (November 2023 – April 2024) is over, obtaining ETIAS will be a mandatory step for UK travelers visiting any country within the Schengen zone. However, this new travel requirement will ease the border crossing procedures and the passport control.
Citizens of the UK who have obtained an ETIAS will be entitled to be in a Schengen state for up to 90 days. ETIAS will have a three-year validity period (unless the travel document expires first). In this case, you will have to apply for ETIAS one more time. Also, 90-day travel period is valid for every 180 days (you cannot do consecutive 90-day stays in Europe with ETIAS).
No, British travelers will be unable to work in Europe using ETIAS. With a British passport, you need to register for a work visa to work in Europe. Educating in a Schengen state is the same, as you’ll need to obtain a student visa. Only tourist, transit, and business trips are permitted when applying for the ETIAS visa waiver. For every other purpose UK nationals need to apply for Schengen visa.