The EU charges a fee of 7 euros for access to the Schengen area.

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The European Union imposes, from 2023, a fee of 7 euros on entering the Schengen area for citizens of about 60 states, including the US and the United Kingdom, the latter citizens losing their freedom of movement after Brexit.

The EU has announced the launch of its long-awaited visa waiver system, ETIAS, which will enter into force in May 2023. Although ETIAS is not the same as a visa (it is faster, is done online and does not require biometric information) there is still a procedure and a fee for obtaining it. ETIAS, which means the European Travel Information and Authorization System, was previously scheduled for a debut at the end of 2022.

EU travelers are exempt and have freedom of movement within the EU bloc, allowing them to spend as much time as they want in many countries. EU residents will also be exempt from paying this tax. But for everyone else entering the European Union from a country that previously did not need a visa, ETIAS will be mandatory.

The movement affects about 60 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, whose people have lost their freedom of movement after Brexit. Nothing changes for those who previously needed a visa to enter the EU, writes CNN.