New travel rules in force for Brits heading to the USA and Europe in 2023

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New travel rules come into force for Brits heading to the US (Image: Getty Images/Robert Harding Worl)
New travel rules come into force for Brits heading to the US (Image: Getty Images/Robert Harding Worl)

Entry requirements to the US and EU will be different this year.

Now that the Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions are hopefully behind us, heading abroad in 2023 should be much simpler than in 2020 and 2021 in particular.

With the UK having left the EU, and with other countries changing how they deal with incoming travellers, it's not all plane sailing.

There are due to be some major changes to entry and exit rules in 2023, while at least one country is swapping currency.

Check out our guide below to make sure you don't get caught out while heading away on holiday.

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Croatia gets a new currency

New travel rules in force for Brits heading to the USA and Europe in 2023Croatia now uses the Euro (Getty Images/Robert Harding Worl)

While Britain continues to wave her long goodbye to the bloc, Croatia is just turning up at the party.

The former Yugoslavian country has joined the Schengen Zone, meaning it is now part of the EU and its currency - the kuna - has been binned.

Croatians are now proud sporters of the Euro, as of January 1.

If you've got a draw full of the old currency from a previous trip then you have until January 15 to spend them, or until the end of the year to exchange the cash.

New US visa restrictions

If you've been to the US before you'll know that an ETSA visa waiver is required to get into the country.

While last year they went up in price to £18, the ease of applying for one online means it causes few hitches for travellers.

That may not be the case in 2023 for some well travelled visitors thanks to a new rule.

Any Brit who has been to Cuba before cannot apply for an ETSA, and must instead go through a much more complicated and lengthy process.

Anyone who has visited Cuba since January 2021 must instead apply for a tourist visa to visit the US, at a cost of around £143.

You also have to be interviewed in London, which could be expensive and take a lot of time.

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New visa and entry restrictions in Europe

New travel rules in force for Brits heading to the USA and Europe in 2023A new visa system is coming into force for entry into the EU (Getty Images)

Whatever advantages the country gained from leaving the EU, ease of travel is not among them.

This year will be the start of the new rules for Brits heading to Europe since the country left the bloc.

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will come into force, costing around £6 for each person.

Once you've got it it will last for three years or until your passport expires.

Brits will need to apply at least 96 hours before travelling via a new website which is yet to go live.

Only travellers under 18 or over 70 are exempt.

Another change is the new European Union Entry and Exit System (EES) system, which is due to be rolled out across the Continent later this year.

A person’s name, biometric data and the date and place of entry and exit will be clocked on a new digital system, so there is a good chance this will lead to longer queues at the UK border.

Venice starts charging for entry

Daytrippers to the watery city will have to pay an entry fee from this summer, costing between £2.60 and £8.80 and bought using an online ticket booking system.

People staying overnight already pay a tourist tax fee, so they will be exempt.

Milo Boyd

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