British travellers have visa-free EU travel until 2023
The UK’s split from the EU has had a rippling effect across much of the world, though no country has felt the impact like Britain. Many people in the UK are concerned about the steps that they need to take to be able to travel within the EU since Brexit was finalised but will be happy to know that nothing is going to change until around mid-2023.
In 2018, the European Parliament approved a system called ETIAS, which stands for European Travel Information and Authorisation System. This system is designed to screen and process non-EU passport holders before they are allowed to enter countries within the coalition. Those without visas will need to get their hands on one, and those who are barred from travelling within the EU will be refused entry.
While this system was approved more than 2 years ago and was expected to be rolled out in 2021, Covid-19 and other issues have caused delays. This means that it isn’t likely to be operation until mid-2023, giving UK passport holders the chance to travel without restrictions.
What does this mean for UK passport holders?
Once mid-2023 arrives, those with UK passports will need to apply for visas before entering EU countries. This will apply to both travel and work, though it is expected that the application process will be simple and easy to go through. Until this point, UK passport holders are able to travel in the EU without having to present a visa to get across borders.
How will I get my EU visa?
Getting your EU visa will be similar to applying for visas for other countries. Some places, like China, make this process quite long and challenging, but it is likely that UK residents will be able to enter the EU by making a simple purchase online.
Companies like europe-visa.com are already in place to help you with this process. This makes it very easy to secure your visa and get started with your travel plans once we get to 2023.
Travelling between the UK and the EU is likely to be made as easy as possible. While Brexit has had a big impact on the state of the European continent, the bonds between the countries that belong to it remain quite strong. This means that holidaymakers and business owners alike can expect to experience a smooth process.