Post-Brexit travel rules have been in effect since January 1, 2021. Since the UK left the EU, however, even more restrictions are said to apply to British travelers.
Currently, UK nationals must comply with new passport rules and entry requirements, but later this year they are expected to register for a new visa waiver program before entering a Schengen zone country.
Since leaving the EU, UK nationals have to follow the same rules as people from non-EU countries, which tend to be stricter.
Holidaymakers must ensure they meet new entry requirements for EU countries like France and Spain before traveling – or they could be turned away at the airport.
Find out below about the current and upcoming travel restrictions applicable to UK nationals.
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UK nationals traveling to an EU country must ensure their passports comply with the new entry requirements. Passports must be:
Entry requirements for the Schengen area
Holidaymakers from the UK visiting a country in the Schengen Area (a group of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and border controls at their shared borders) may need to present additional documents upon entry into the country.
UK individuals may need to prove that they have:
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ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System and is a new program that will come into effect from November 2023.
Individuals from eligible countries (who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area, including the UK) must register with ETIAS for a visa waiver prior to travel.
Travelers must apply for the ETIAS online with a valid passport, email address and a debit or credit card to pay the application fee, which may vary from country to country.
British nationals are also required to provide their personal details and answer safety and health questions. The application is checked in several security databases.
countries in the Schengen area
The Schengen Area countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
ETIAS Eligible Countries
The ETIAS Eligible Countries are Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macau, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St Vincent, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Venezuela.