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Holidaymakers given 30-day warning over new entry rules for travel to Europe

UK travellers planning vacations to European destinations like Spain and Greece have been given a 30-day notice to prepare for a new entry requirement. This regulation mandates obtaining a European Union travel permit.

While most permits will be swiftly approved, in some instances, applicants may need to provide extra documentation or attend interviews with national authorities, extending the processing time by up to 30 days. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) scheme, which provides an electronic permit linked to your passport, is set to launch in 2024, and will affect travellers from various countries, including the UK.

Brits are being cautioned against booking flights, hotels, or package deals before securing their travel approval. The EU warned: "We strongly advise you to obtain the ETIAS travel authorisation before you buy your tickets and book your hotels.