As early as 2024, the British government intends to implement an “e-travel authorization” scheme that will allow people, including those from the European Union, to apply for permission to travel to the United Kingdom.
More specifically, the new plan aims to establish ‘contactless’ border crossings, meaning that some travelers will be able to enter the country without exemption from using an electronic passport or talking to a border guard, according to the website SchengenVisaInfo this Friday. com’ – Instead, the new scheme, which aims to reduce waiting times, requires visitors to upload their photograph and send it to the Home Office before travelling.
As such, they are subject to pre-screening, the government explained, using technology that allows them to be identified at the border.
“As Home Secretary, I focused on regaining control of our immigration system through my new immigration plan. This includes ensuring we have a border fit for the 21st century that allows travelers to obtain visas and cross borders easily while maintaining national security,” explained Priti Patel.
New facial recognition technology will allow visitors to travel to the UK without a physical check on entry. The new rules require international travelers to provide biographical and biometric details such as photographs of their faces.
In addition, from 2023, the Home Office will start introducing a “permit to travel” scheme, requiring everyone wishing to travel to provide such a permit. UK and Irish passport holders are exempt from these requirements, but everyone else must apply for a visa or “electronic travel authorization”.
All visitors, including Europeans, must request an ETA, which costs around 21 euros – in this case, visitors must also send biographical, biometric and contact details, as well as answer a few questions. New plan.
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