Because of Brexit, British holidaymakers will soon have to obtain a new visa waiver to enter EU nations. A fee will have to be paid for the new electronic travel permit, which has been introduced to enhance the security and enforce the borders of the Schengen zone.British tourists planning to visit the Schengen zone – which includes most EU nations in mainland Europe – will have to pay a fee of around 7 euros before they depart, when ETIAS launches in 2023. Travellers from the UK will also need to complete an online application form to obtain their ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System).
British passport holders could be turned away at borders if their ETIAS application is not approved, once the scheme is implemented. And there are a number of reasons people could see their application denied.
According to Schengen Visa Info, applications may be turned down on the following grounds:
- The person applying has used a travel document that is reported as lost, stolen, misappropriated or invalidated in the Schengen Information System – SIS II
- The applicant poses a security risk for the citizens and travellers of the Schengen Area
- The applicant poses an illegal immigration risk
- The applicant poses a high epidemic risk
- An applicant is a person for whom there is an existing alert in SIS for the purpose of refusing entry and stay
- The applicant fails to reply to a request for extra information or documentation within the deadline given
- The applicant fails to attend an extra interview when required
A travel authorisation can also be rejected in cases where there are reasonable and serious doubts about the authenticity of the information given and the supporting documents submitted by the person applying.
Applicants will receive a decision within minutes, and if your ETIAS is denied the email will contain details as to why this happened.
Travellers will be able to appeal the decision if they wish.