The EU has proposed to introduce a fee of €5 with tourists from visa-free countries


The Commission’s proposal should be published on Wednesday, 16 November, reports the Financial Times. The plan of the European Commission, the tourists visiting the Schengen countries will have to pay €5 in the framework of creating the System of information and authorization tourists EU (ETIAS).

As the FT notes, ETIAS will be modeled similar to the system existing in the United States. Under the new rules, if adopted by member countries of the EU and European Parliament, gets about 30 million people from 60 countries, including the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The FT notes that the list of these countries may soon join the Ukraine, Georgia, and the United Kingdom (after Brexit).

A fee of €5 will be charged for a regular check-up in the basis of the ETIAS, which will combine the databases of Interpol, Europol and the Schengen information system, which used the secret services of European countries for the monitoring of persons entering the EU.Tourist, authenticated, in the next five years will be able to pass through the system ETIAS. For comparison, in the us system, US ESTA, according to the pattern which is created ETIAS, the cost of passage is $14.

ETIAS, the system can be started in 2020. Its creation, the members of the European Commission is estimated at €230 million For the tourists younger than 18 years of the entry into the Schengen area will continue to be free.

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