Britons Face Fines if Violating the 90-Day Stay Limit in France

November 25, 2021
Britons Face Fines if Violating the 90-Day Stay Limit

Following Brexit, France has begun to carry out checks. Britons face fines if violating the 90-day stay limit in France.

January 2021 marked the end of the Brexit transition period, and stricter limitations on the allowed period of stay apply to Brits without a French residency permit.

The UK Is Now Considered as a Third Country

France considers the UK as a third country now. This means that nationals from Great Briton must adhere to entry rules different from those that EU citizens are subject to.

France has warned Britons face fines if violating the 90-day stay limit.

A statement on France’s official visa website reads, “As of the 1st of January 2021, which marks the end of the transition period, European rights will no longer apply within the UK. The regulations governing the movements of UK citizens and their family members will change from that date onwards.”

The Local reads UK travelers have revealed that they were stopped and fined at the border upon heading back to the UK if the entry stamp in their passports was older than 90 days.

UK citizens can visit France visa-free for short-term stays, but they must comply with the current rules, which stipulate that they must not stay more than 90 days in the Schengen territory within a period of 180 days. Besides the fine, travelers not abiding by the tighter rule face more complex restrictions in future in the bargain.

The ETIAS Travel Authorization Won’t Be a Financial Burden

From mid-2022, Britons will have to pay a fee of €7 to enter Europe, but only once in three years. Besides, the travel experts pointed out that people younger than 18 would not be subject to any fees when submitting an ETIAS application.

According to travel experts, “The ETIAS will not be a burden for travelers’ finances as it will cost only €7.”

British travel executives have also warned Britons heading for EU territory that they may face long border lines beginning next year due to the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) and the Entry-Exit System (EES). Both will come into effect in mid-2022.

Last Monday, following the change in travel rules applicable to Britons, the UK Parliament’s Justice and Home Affairs Committee sent a letter to Priti Patel, the Home Secretary. The letter concerns the new travel rules applicable to Brits traveling to the EU in 2022. 

The letter asks the government to take the steps necessary to “address ethical, legal, logistical, and political challenges arising from new border checks due to launch next year that will affect UK residents traveling to the EU.”

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