BRITISH people could be forced to pay €5 to enter EU countries under new EU proposals.
EU Commission and Schengen Area Interior Ministers reacted positively to the measure to make non-EU residents pay to enter EU countries at a Brussels meeting on Friday.
The commission hopes to bring the EU Travel Information and Authorization System (Etias) into force by 2020 but it could be earlier in some countries.
It would force non EU-residents over 18, including British people, to pay the current rate of £4.30 before entering Spain or any of the other 25 Schengen states-those which have abolished formal passport controls at their mutual borders.
In the plan, travellers’ details would be placed onto a register which would record their names, type of travel document, biometrics and the date and place of entry and exit. It will also record refusals of entry to the Schengen Area.
Once they have signed up, they will be able to make multiple trips over a five year period.
British EU diplomat Sir Julian King has defended the move, which he believes will strengthen security measures against terrorism following the attacks in Belgium and France.
“It will allow us to know more about the people who are planning to come to the EU in advance so that if necessary they raise questions about either security or in some cases migration.
“We’ll be able to intervene even before they arrive in some cases.”
At Friday’s meeting, both the Austrian and Slovakian interior ministers said the proposal should be brought into force earlier.