ABTA publishes updated advice on new EU travel rules

New EU travel rules
By Kelly Ranson
01/05/2024
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ABTA has published advice to help agents and holidaymakers prepare for imminent new EU travel rules.

The association has added content to its hub to answer questions on the the new EU Entry/Exit System (EES) and European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

Set to go live in the autumn, EES is a new electronic system that will replace passport stamping on arrival in EU/Schengen countries for non-EU citizens.

ETIAS is a new visa waiver programme for non-EU travellers, due to come into force in mid-2025.

ABTA said the hub in its member zone will keep agents up-to-date so they can advise clients on the changes coming into force. There is also a page for consumers – www.abta.com/eesandetias – which will continue to be updated and promoted to the public as the dates get closer.

ABTA Director of Communications Graeme Buck said: “EES and ETIAS are two big changes coming down the line which members and travellers will need to adapt to.

“While many details are still not yet available about the new systems, we’re keen to share what we know so far with members to help them consider about what they may mean for their businesses and their customers.

“ABTA is working closely with the EU departments responsible for implementing these changes – who recognise us as a crucial partner in getting important information to the UK travel trade and consumers. We’re also speaking to relevant UK Government departments about the changes.”

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