United Kingdom, the beginning of border control

End of the privilege granted for many years to Europeans to travel freely to the territory of the United Kingdom.

Parisians who have so far been able to cross the Channel daily in just 2h17, will now have to make a paid request for ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) 72 hours in advance. This measure will apply to all travelers not concerned by a visa application.

The objective is to allow a fluidification of movements at the borders. The United Kingdom is following the example of the United States with the ESTA or even Europe with the ETIAS confirmed for 2023.

To obtain this document, the traveler must complete an application, submit supporting documents and spend the sum of 18 pounds sterling, or about 21 euros.

Among the documents to be presented will be biometric information, such as fingerprints and a photo, followed by biographical data regarding the applicant’s personal information. The validation of the request will occur within the following 72 hours and will allow multiple entries into the territory on a period of 180 days.

An experiment will be carried out in March 2023 on part of the population before being extended to all nationalities at the end of the same year.

The travelers concerned by this test phase will come from Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait. Irish nationals will be exempt from any request to travel to the country.

Even if this authorization is not presented as a visa, this document will have the power to make a person entitled to board or not aboard a plane to the United Kingdom.

As travel professionals, and although French travelers do not yet need this document, it is important to have the conditions of the latter in mind to be ready when it will be imposed on other nationalities. .

The communication on this new ETA is not recent, since we already told you about it here last December.


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