From 1 January 2021, things have changed for British citizens when they want to travel to Europe. Before Brexit, British citizens could travel, live, holiday and work freely in the EU. That is no longer the case.
Holidays and travel for UK citizens
British passport holders are allowed to travel to Europe visa-free, but can now spend up to 90 days in the Schengen zone in any 180-day period. Britain and the EU have agreed that the British may travel visa-free for short visits, longer than 90 days is not allowed (for a period of 180 days).
If a Brit wants to stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days, he or she must apply for a long-stay visa.
From 2022, British citizens must apply for an ETIAS travel authorization
From mid-2023, the EU will introduce the new ETIAS system. Travelers from third countries that do not require a visa, who previously could only cross an external border of the EU with a passport, must first register with ETIAS. The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is being introduced to strengthen EU border security.
The European Travel Information and Authorization system can be compared to similar systems in the US (ESTA), Canada, Australia and other countries. The travel authorization for the EU must be applied for online, applicants over the age of 18 will pay a fee of €7.
ETIAS will become operational in mid-2022 (the exact date is not yet known). ETIAS will then apply to 62 nationalities who can now travel visa-free to Schengen/EU, including British nationals.