New entry requirements for EU countries (ETIAS) delayed until 2024

Added 24/02/2023

The EU have delayed the implementation of new entry rules until 2024.  They had been due to come into effect later this year.

It is now expected that the new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will come into force some time in 2024.   

British visitors to the EU will need to apply online for an ETIAS at a cost of 7 euro (about £6.20).  Once issued the ETIAS will be valid for 3 years, so you won’t need to appy for a new one before every holiday.  

The good news is that although all travellers will be required to have an ETIAS to enter the EU, those over 70 will be exempt from the payment!

A biometric entry/exit system is also expected to be in place by the end of this year.

The more onerous entry requirements are a result of the UK no longer being part of the EU.  This brings an end to the frictionless travel throughout Europe that we enjoyed for many years.  However, the new system will be similar to those that are already in place for other destinations including the USA and Australia, so it shouldn’t put you off planning a holiday.

We will let you know when the implementation dates are finalised.

More information about ETIAS can be found at

In the meantime, wherever you are travelling in 2023 or 2024, we are here to help with your travel insurance.  

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advise you to have travel insurance in place every time you travel abroad.  It is also important to ensure that any pre-existing medical conditions are covered. can cover all types of medical conditions and have no upper age limit.

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