British tourists 'may need visas to travel through Europe'

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British travellers could be required to apply for a visa to travel through Europe once the UK leaves the EU.

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New visa plans being drawn up, which are similar to the US waiver system, could mean that UK tourists visiting the likes of Spain, France and Germany and holiday would need to apply online for a visa and pay for travel to the continent.

According to the Guardian, the European Commission will unveil draft EU travel legislation for the EU travel information and authorisation system (Etias) later this year.

The visa programme would cover travel to all of the 26 Schengen zone countries, an EU source confirmed to the newspaper.

Currently, British travellers must show their passport to enter the zone and travel freely, but after Brexit, UK citizens could be forced to apply and pay for the visa.

A researcher specialising in justice and home affairs told The Guardian that as third-country nationals, UK citizens "would certainly be subject to the obligations".

Hot and sunny Europe holidays in September/October
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Hot and sunny Europe holidays in September/October

This Italian island has a very different feel to the mainland, with a slower pace of life and an independent character. The beaches are dazzling and the food and wine is world famous. Even in October, the island boasts a lovely climate for walking the white sand beaches in Palau. Explore the natural wonder of the stalagmites in Neptune’s Cave before relaxing over wonderfully fresh Catalan inspired seafood dishes in the town of Alghero.

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Thanks to Aiya Napa, Cyprus has inherited a reputation for being a party island, but once the off-peak season rolls in the Mediterranean island is a gorgeous retreat, filled with historical and cultural wonders. Even in the heart of party town Aiya Napa you’ll find a 15th century chapel carved from a sandstone cave as well as the Thalassa Museum of the Sea

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