All non-citizens of the European Union will be required to pay a small fee of €7 ($7.35) to visit the continent starting in 2023.
This is due to the implementation of the long-expected ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System).
Although not a visa in the traditional sense, as it can be completed in a short amount of time online, it functions much like the travel document, allowing those who have acquired it to enter Europe. ETIAS was expected to make its debut in 2022.
EU citizens and residents traveling within Europe will not be required to pay the small fee and go through the ETIAS procedure.
Non-EU citizens, including those from the US and UK, traveling to the bloc from outside of Europe will have to go through the quick ETIAS process before traveling in 2023.
The procedure will largely be an automated, online service that will provide approval to travel to applicants in just a few minutes in most cases.
Once one has acquired the ETIAS approval, it will be valid for an unlimited number of trips to Europe over the course of three years.
Travelers who have been approved through the ETIAS process must still abide by the immigration rules of each country. Without a special visa or residence permit, non-EU citizens are not permitted to remain over ninety days in Europe within a 180-day period.
This new system is only one of many changes that impact UK citizens in the wake of Brexit.
Flight cancelations hit US, Europe
In recent days, there have been continuous cancelations of flights in and out of the USA and Europe as the peak summer vacation season heats up.
Thousands of canceled flights have been attributed to incredibly low staffing levels faced by airline companies. This is a trend that will likely continue for the rest of the month with hundreds of flights pre-emptively canceled.