No-Deal Brexit: Brits to Pay High EU Visa Fees

No-Deal Brexit: Brits to Pay High EU Visa Fees

British citizens who want to travel to EU member-states after Brexit are most likely to pay high fees for the EU visa.

If Brexit happens without a deal, it could spell higher visa costs for British citizens who seek entry into the Schengen area. The fees could be reaching up to £52.60 for adults and £30.70 for children who are between 6 – 12 years of age. The visa has a 90-day validity.

Apart from the expensive visa fees, applicants for the visa will have to fill a form with a total of 37 questions which are compulsory for the applicant to complete.

The Schengen visa gives freedom of movement to its holders. This freedom of movement extends to non-EU member states like Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland. The UK and Ireland used to be members but have opted out.

In 2017, Britons spent a whopping £46.5 million abroad on holidays. 75% of this amount was spent in member states of the European Union. This information was revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Would this deter the Britons?

The World Travel Market (WTM) conducted a research which revealed that 58% of Brits would rather seek other holiday destinations than pay such outrageous amounts by compulsion.

Despite all of this, Abta, the travel association of the UK, gave an estimate that 60% of Brits will still head to EU holiday destinations in 2019.

A spokeswoman for the association added that European countries remain the top choice for holidays despite the entire Brexit noise.

Now even if the UK escapes the new visa policy, it would most likely not escape a separate EU plan which requires each person to pay £6 per applicant for a visa. This plan will become effective by 2020.

Brits are making a reciprocity demand that visitors from EU countries also pay fees for their UK holidays.

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