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From America’s latest Esta system to the £6 EU pass: The travel rules for 2023 you NEED to know


It’ll cost £6 to enter the EU and a few might want to pay £129 to go to America… in the event that they’ve visited Cuba: These are the travel rules for 2023 Britons NEED to swot up on

  • America has modified its Esta rules for many who’ve been to Cuba after 2011 
  • From next November most British travellers to Europe will need an ‘Etias’ pass 
  • The knock-on effect of Etias passes may very well be lengthy queues at border checks 

There are a lot of latest travel rules to swot up on – including America’s latest Esta edicts

Mark Twain once wrote: ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.’ That said, it helps to know the most recent travel rules to avoid any complications. Here’s our 2023 guide…


In the course of the pandemic, India modified its entry requirements for Britons, making it obligatory to attend the Indian High Commission in London. Now, e-visas that might be arranged online have been reintroduced. Time to plan a visit? Exodus (exodus.co.uk), Abercrombie & Kent (abercrombiekent.co.uk) and Cox & Kings (coxandkings.co.uk) all offer interesting latest getaways. Also see indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa.


Not such good news for America. If you may have visited Cuba since March 1, 2011, you’ll be able to not go to the U.S using an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (Esta). As an alternative of paying £17 for an Esta, such travellers must attend an interview and pay £129 for a visa. Find the most recent information at gov.uk.


Many British travellers will need to pay £6 to enter Europe from next November

Many British travellers might want to pay £6 to enter Europe from next November

From next November most British travellers to Europe can be required to pay for a European Travel Information and Authorisation System e-visa. This ‘Etias’ pass will cost £6, be valid for 3 years and should be purchased by anyone between 18 and 70. Under-18s and over-70s can be eligible without cost passes. Visitors can complete it online and can be encouraged to accomplish that 72 hours before travel, although usually it can be issued immediately on payment. More information at etias.com.


The knock-on effect of Etias passes may very well be lengthy queues at border checks in Europe. A latest Entry/Exit System (EES) is coming in to accompany the passes, designed to observe movements of travellers from ‘third countries’, which Britain could also be considered, having left the EU.


Visitors to Venice may have to pay an entry fee from later within the yr — a measure designed to cut back overcrowding. The fee will vary from £2.60 to £8.60 per day. The pass can be available to book prematurely online and every visitor can be supplied with a QR code as proof. There can be a turnstile system or checks by wardens, or each, with fines of as much as £257 for those without passes.


China’s ultra-strict handling of Covid has backfired with big outbreaks of the virus. Entry requirements are so tough — see the China travel section of fco.gov — that it’s effectively not possible to go to.


Hong Kong has relaxed its PCR test requirements for those visiting from the UK

Hong Kong has relaxed its PCR test requirements for those visiting from the UK 

PCR tests are not any longer required on arrival to Hong Kong. Visitors are required only to present negative results from tests conducted inside 48 hours of flights.


This month Sri Lanka removed requirements to prove your Covid vaccine status or have a negative test, making it easier to go to. Travellers still have to apply for Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), costing £16. See eta.gov.lk/slvisa. The country can be affected by a shortage of medicines, fuel and food. The Foreign Office says, ‘it’s more vital than ever to get travel insurance’.


Don’t even take into consideration going to Russia. The Foreign Office ‘strongly advises’ to not go resulting from the war in Ukraine. There are not any direct flights from Britain, and your card likely won’t work: Visa and Mastercard have suspended operations there. 


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