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Published on : Thursday, November 17, 2016
As per a new plan revealed by the EU Commission, British nationals will now have to pay a certain amount of Travel Tax in order to enter post-Brexit Europe. The plan, which has been unveiled in Brussels, has stated that the travellers also need to fill in a form before entering Europe.
The EU Commission has informed that in order to prevent terrorists from entering through the open border areas of Europe, the new security check system is being implemented.
From now on, visitors from countries outside the European Union, who do not need a full visa, will have to pay a fee of £4.29 and they will need to fill out an online form as well under the Etias system.
The Security Commissioner for EU, Sir Julian King has informed that the terrorists and criminals don’t care much for national borders and the only way to defeat them is by working together effectively. He thinks that Etias will help to spot and stop problematic individuals from coming, which will eventually enhance Europe’s internal security.
The automated system ‘Etias’ will cross-check the visitors, who wish to cross European boarders, with the help of the visa and other document databases.
The European Commission has also revealed that it will take mere 10 minutes to fill out the new form and the permit will last for a period of five years. During the five years, the travellers will get to visit Europe multiple times.
According to the Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, the new scheme is just an evidence of the hidden cost of Brexit.
The Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has stated that this new system will add a travel tax and extra paperwork for holidays to Europe and Amber Rudd must clarify how she will ensure British families can continue to enjoy free and easy travel to the EU.
According to the official spokesperson of the Prime Minister, they will need to consider the proposals and study them in detail.
It has been known that the Home Secretary Rudd will discuss with the European counterparts about the latest proposal on Friday, 18th November.