Travel news: Britons face ‘huge queues for holidays’ under EU rules | UK | News

The European Commission has outlined plans to introduce a new European Travel Information and Authorisation Scheme (ETIAS) as well as an Entry/Exit System (EES) for non-EU citizens by the end of next year. The ETIAS scheme will require passengers to apply for permission to travel to the Schengen Area at a cost of €7 (£6).

The Schengen Area is made up of 26 countries and includes popular holiday destinations such as Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal.

The EES system forms part of additional security measures and will register the person’s name, type of the travel document and biometric data such as fingerprints and captured facial images.

The House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel to raise concerns about the plans.

Peers warned under the EES system passengers “will be required to undergo border checks that are likely to cause sustained delays and disruption”.

It says: “After filling in an online application form, the system will conduct checks against EU information systems for borders and security and, in the vast majority of cases, issue a travel authorisation within minutes.

“In limited cases, where further checks on the traveller are needed, the issuing of the travel authorisation could take up to 30 days.

“The ETIAS travel authorisation will be a mandatory pre-condition for entry to the Schengen States.

“It will be checked together with the travel documents by the border guards when crossing the EU border.”

The scheme has been in the pipeline since a “Stronger and Smarter Information Systems for Borders and Security” report was published in 2016.

Britain ended freedom of movement after the end of the Brexit transition period.

UK nationals can currently travel to the EU without a visa and stay for up to 90 nights over a 180-day period.

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will review its COVID travel rules in January and is looking at reforming its airport slots system as part of a wider new aviation strategy, minister Robert Courts said on Monday.

Britain has lagged other European countries in lifting pandemic travel restrictions with airlines complaining that the need for day-2 coronavirus tests and complicated passenger locator forms have deterred people from travelling to and from the United Kingdom.

“We will be reviewing the policy in January. We’ll be looking to see what we can do at that stage,” Courts told the Airlines UK conference.

He said reforming the country’s airport slots system remained a priority for the government and it will feature in its new aviation strategy.

Under normal rules, airlines must use 80% of their take-off and landing rights at busy airports or cede slots to competitors but the so-called “use it or lose it” rule was waived early in the pandemic when the crisis grounded most flights.

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“Slots reform remains a priority for the government,” Courts said. “We are carefully considering the role of the slot system as part of our future aviation strategy.”

(Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by William Schomberg)

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“We have to accept that we are still living through the reality of this ongoing pandemic and will not return to ‘normal’ straight away with some setbacks on our way to recovery,” Luís Araújo, president of the European Travel Commission, said in an email. “However, we believe that with current vaccination rates and safety protocols in place, safe international travel is possible. And this summer has proven it well.”

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Can I visit Amsterdam at Christmas? Netherlands travel rules explained

The Netherlands is the first western European country to impose a winter lockdown (Picture: Getty)

With Christmas fast-approaching, lots of people are planning last-minute getaways.

And with its festive markets and quaint canal-side setting, Amsterdam is a popular November and December holiday spot.

Also, with it being a short train ride away – it’s easy to see the appeal. 

But with Covid cases dramatically on the rise, it seems the Netherlands is the first western European country to impose a winter lockdown.

So what are the current Netherlands travel restrictions? And what do the new lockdown measures mean for tourists planning to visit?

What to know about the Netherlands lockdown

New lockdown measures mean that bars, restaurants and non-essential shops will have to close at 8pm – for at least three weeks, from Saturday November 13.

What’s more non-essential retail and services, such as hairdressers, will close at 6pm.

Audiences will be banned from sporting events in the coming weeks, but schools, theatres and cinemas should remain open to visitors – with social distancing in place.

Gatherings at home will also be limited to a maximum of four guests.

It’s unclear how long these measures will be in place for after this three-week initial period, so it could be that these are lifted in December.

What to know about the Netherlands travel restrictions

Dam Square in Amsterdam at Christmas (Picture: Getty)

Unless you can prove that you have been fully vaccinated, UK residents and citizens arriving from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not able to enter the Netherlands for non-essential purposes.

Fully vaccinated UK travellers are able to enter if they can provide proof that they have been double-jabbed at least 14 days before travel. Proof of this can be in the form of the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS app.

These travellers must also present either a negative PCR test result taken in the 48 hours before departure, or a negative antigen test taken in the 72 hours before departure. 

Those who meet these requirements are exempt from quarantining in the Netherlands.

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