A NUMBER of new rules are being introduced for Brits heading to Europe next year.

Here is everything you need to know if heading on holiday in 2024.

Do I need a visa to travel to Europe?

Brits will eventually need to have a 'visa-waiver' to go on holiday to countries in Europe called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

This is similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) required to visit the US.

However, despite plans for this to be introduced next year, it has since been delayed to 2025.

The official website currently states: "The rules of travel to Europe have changed.

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"Starting in mid-2025, some 1.4 billion people from over 60 visa-exempt countries are required to have a travel authorisation to enter most European countries."

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 will need an ETIAS from November 2023.

All arrivals will need one, whether arriving by plane, boat or car, and is even needed if just transiting through Europe.

It applies to countries in the Schengen Area – the 26 European states include popular hotspots such as France, Spain, Greece and Portugal.

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This visa only applies if visiting for less than 90 days – longer than this will require different visas.

How do I get a visa for Europe?

When live, Brits can buy the visa waiver from the official EU website.

You will need to apply online before travelling, at least 96 hours before departure.

Applicants will be asked for information about their identity, passport, education, job, recent travel, and criminal convictions.

European officials claim around 95 per cent off applications will be successful in minutes, but there is a risk of it being denied so will need to launch an appeal.

The website states: "You will receive an email confirming the submission of your application which will include your unique ETIAS application number: make sure you keep this number for future reference.

"As your ETIAS travel authorisation is linked to your travel document, make sure to carry the same document which you used in your ETIAS application.

"Otherwise, you will not be allowed to board your flight, bus or ship, or to enter any of the European countries requiring ETIAS."

How much does the ETIAS cost?

The ETIAS visa will cost €7 (£6.10) and lasts for three years or until your passport expires.

The new visa system was meant to be rolled out last year, but was delayed by the new European Union Entry and Exit System (EES).

This will be introduced next year, after also facing delays.

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The new digital system will check the person’s name, biometric data and the date and place of entry and exit, and will replace the stamping of passports and instead scan the documents.

The official website explains: "The EES replaces passport stamping and automates border control procedures, making travelling to European countries using the EES more efficient for the traveller."

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