Travellers face big queues whereas getting into Europe from subsequent autumn with the introduction of strict post-Brexit border controls.
British passport holders must undergo fingerprint checks and face scans as a part of the new EU Entry/Exit System (EES). It should change the stamping of passports, which started after Brexit when the UK turned a ‘third nation’ to the EU.
The brand new system will examine each passenger’s title and biometric information after they cross into an EU nation. It was as a result of be rolled out earlier this 12 months however has been delayed a number of occasions.
Some international locations have expressed considerations about how a lot time the method will add to queues at EU borders, with the Slovenian authorities saying it takes ‘as much as 4 occasions longer’.
Regardless of these worries EES shall be launched on October 6, 2024, in line with the Independent.
Queues on the Port of Dover, one of many areas the place the brand new border checks shall be in place
Every time travellers attempt to cross into the continent, they must present a facial picture and supply 4 fingerprints.
Private information together with first title, surname, date of beginning, nationality, intercourse, journey doc and the three-letter nation code will all be required, with solely kids beneath 12 exempt.
Austria has mentioned processing occasions could be ‘double in comparison with the present state of affairs’, whereas Croatia warned checks would ‘actually be considerably longer’.
French officers will perform EES border checks on the Port of Dover, Folkestone for Eurotunnel and at St Pancras Worldwide for Eurostar.
In a report launched earlier this 12 months, French public finance watchdog Cour des Comptes predicted queues on the UK-France border will at the very least double when the EES is launched in 2024.
The Port of Dover, which has frequently seen lengthy delays ensuing from post-Border checks, mentioned the brand new system may lengthen checks on vehicles from 45 seconds to so long as 10 minutes.
Port chief Doug Bannister was reported by The Sun as saying: ‘Even on the busiest occasions proper now, with new post-Brexit guidelines, passport checks are taking 45 to 90 seconds per automobile.
‘With the pre-registration concerned, a automobile with a household of 4 or 5 in it may take as much as 10 minutes.
‘The federal government must be urgently discussing with their French and EU counterparts how that is going to work.’
Eurotunnel warned it may take as a lot as six minutes longer to course of every automobile boarding its trains.
British travellers queueing for a number of hours at passport management in a Spanish airport
EES will cowl arrivals to all European Union international locations besides Cyprus and Eire. Additionally it is being adopted by Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Round six months after EES is launched, the EU will usher in Etias – a visa waiver system much like the US Esta.
This can price €7 per individual and be required for folks getting into the Schengen Space.
The EU has rejected considerations ESS will trigger chaos at borders and claimed it is going to really save time.
A spokesman mentioned: The primary benefit of the EES is saving time.
‘The EES replaces passport stamping and automates border management procedures, making travelling to European international locations utilizing the EES extra environment friendly for the traveller.’
It comes as holidaymakers face an anxious wait to see if the eruption of a volcano in Iceland with interrupt their flights to the nation.
The eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula simply north of the evacuated city of Grindavik started final night time at round 10.17 pm after an earthquake swarm, the Icelandic Meteorological Office mentioned, referring to a collection of small shakes.
There are fears that the eruption, which has seen 200 cubic metres of lava spewing out from the fissures each second, may trigger havoc to air site visitors journey after one other Icelandic eruption in 2010 grounded 1000’s of flights throughout Europe and North America and noticed holidaymakers stranded.
Flights from Reykjavik’s worldwide Keflavik airport had been delayed final night time, with an EasyJet flight to Manchester standing on the tarmac for 5 hours earlier than taking off at 1.35am because of the volcanic exercise.
Holidaymakers face an anxious wait to see if the eruption of a volcano in Iceland with interrupt their flights to the nation
Passengers had been informed by easyJet: ‘We’re sorry that your flight has been delayed. It is because volcanic exercise in Keflavik (KEF) is inflicting restrictions to the areas by which plane are permitted to fly.’
British holidaymakers at the moment are ready anxiously to see if their flights shall be cancelled immediately – however the Icelandic authorities and airways together with EasyJet have mentioned the airports in Iceland are ‘not impacted’ and flights must be working ‘as scheduled’.
Certainly, Hallgrímur Indriðason, a journalist from Icelandic state broadcaster RUV, mentioned there was ‘no risk to air site visitors – at the very least not for now’ with Reykjavik’s worldwide Keflavik airport remaining open immediately.
Earlier eruptions close to the Fagradalsfjall volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula came about in 2021, 2022 and earlier this 12 months.
In 2010, the eruption of Iceland’s long-dormant Eyjafjallajokull volcano – an ice-capped volcano greater than 1,660 metres tall – shot big quantities of ash into the ambiance. That huge, explosive eruption was not deadly, however compelled the cancellation of round 100,000 flights and left greater than 10 million travellers stranded.