France, Spain, Italy and Greece may turn Brits away under new scheme

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UK arrivals could be refused entry to European countries such as Spain, France and Italy under a post-Brexit scheme set to launch next year.

British holidaymakers will soon have to obtain a new document to enter all EU nations, a new travel permit which will come at a fee. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is being introduced to enhance the security and enforce the borders of the Schengen zone.

People from the UK who plan to visit the Schengen zone, which includes most EU countries in mainland Europe, will be charged around seven euros for the visa waiver document before departure.

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Travellers from the UK will also need to complete an online application form to obtain their ETIAS, and ETIAS requirements are expected to come into force from November this year.

British passport holders could be turned away at borders if their ETIAS application is not approved, once the scheme is implemented. And as previously reported, there are a number of reasons people could see their application denied.

Most applications will be approved "almost immediately", but if the system spots an error in your ETIAS request it could be rejected. According to Schengen Visa Info ETIAS applications may be turned down for the following reasons:

  • Your passport is invalid

  • You are considered a “risk"

  • You have a Schengen Information System (SIS) alert

  • You submit an incomplete application

  • You do not attend a required interview

If your ETIAS application is denied you can request an appeal.

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