Simplification of ETIAS and the Biometric Residency Card for UK Nationals

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Author: Myra Cecilia Azzopardi
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There are many countries who are not in the European Union (EU) whose citizens can enter the EU Schengen Zone without needing a visa. Specifically, there are currently 62 countries who are not in the EU, but are visa free.

Citizens of these countries are allowed to go into countries in the Schengen Zone for business or travel purposes for up to 90 days. During these 90 days, these visitors are not allowed to work or study, but can engage in business and tourism activities.

In addition, recent security concerns with terrorism and the migrant crisis have called for a better management of who is entering EU borders. The EU has continuously declared its goal of making travelling within its borders a more secure experience.

To reduce procedures and wait times, as well as address the security concerns, the European Commission (EC) has come up with a solution – ETIAS.
This article will contain all the information you need regarding this new system and whether you qualify for it.

UK Nationals will be allowed visa free travel into the Schengen area so will be subject to the ETIAS regulations.

UKNS who are residents in Spain and are holders of the biometric residency card (TIE), will have procedure and waiting times reduced at Schengen borders. The card shows your right to enter your EU host country and exempts you and your family members from ETIAS and visa requirements when entering that country.

ETIAS
Explained

Thank you to the European Commission for this information.

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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