Britons will have to pay €7 (£6.30) every three years to travel to EU countries from 2021, the European Commission has confirmed.
The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will allow them to travel within the EU's Schengen zone for up to 90 days at a time.
Citizens of 61 countries, including the UK, will have to apply for an ETIAS online and the fee applies to those aged 18 to 70.
Officials said the applications should take no more than 10 minutes and applicants will be told almost immediately if their ETIAS has been granted.
It will operate in a similar way to the US ESTA, which costs $14 and lasts for only two years.
EU ministers said the ETIAS was being introduced to tighten security for countries within the Schengen zone.
Under the Brexit deal hammered out between the EU and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, EU citizens and UK nationals will continue to be able to travel freely with a passport of ID card until the end of the transition period in 2020.
After 2020, UK nationals will be allowed to make trips of up to 90 days every six months to the EU without applying for a visa, as long as the UK offers the same to EU nationals, but UK nationals will need an ETIAS, whether Britain leaves the EU with or without a deal.
Applicants will be asked for their passport information, education and work experience, as well as background questions about criminal records and medical conditions. Applicants must also give details of the first EU country they intend to visit.
Applications can be denied or take up to two weeks to process, but the majority of holidaymakers will receive their ETIAS within a few minutes
Courtesy of Travelmole
Often folk renew passports early and extra months are added to the expiry date. BUT in the event of a nodeal Brexit the extra months will not be valid and European trips will require 6 months of unexpired time which will NOT be able to count any "extra" months.
The government has launched a website tool to check any planned trips you may have booked against your passport. In my case a planned trip to Spain in September 2019 (yes, I do mean 2019) causes the system to tell me I must get a new passport. Even though my current expiry date is November 2020 (Yes I do mean 2020).
It is important to check your own passport in advance of planned trips using the website.
Even if I took off 9 months for applying early before my last passport expired and having it added on, it's still valid until July 2021.
What the eck is that all about when you still have nearly 2 years left on your passport.
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