‘Visa fees are going to bankrupt Europe!’ Britons promise to put an end to EU breakups over the bloc’s travel fee.
THE EU will charge British citizens £6 to visit, and the UK plans to implement a similar program but has not yet set a price, so this website asked readers if the new pre-registration fee for visa-free travel to Europe is reasonable.
In a poll of 5,213 people conducted between 3 p.m. on August 4 and 11.30 a.m. on August 6, the majority, 60 percent, agreed the new £6 tax is a fair charge for the EU to impose, while 27 percent said it is an unfair choice. The new price was unveiled by EU officials two and a half months after Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed plans to charge EU citizens and other foreign nationals £300 million to visit the UK.
The EU travel registration is valid for three years and can be used for many trips, thus it costs £2 each year.
“This visa cost will ruin the entire tourism sector in Europe,” one reader wrote.
“Save money by going to Thailand or Vietnam, where you can have a royal time for only €7.”
“It’s six quid every three years and you’re having a moan?” remarked another reader.
“Would you call that a ‘Money Spinner’ for the EU? “Are you serious?”
When asked if they will forgo holiday travels to EU countries now that the £6 charge has been announced, a staggering 67 percent of voters answered they will, while 29 percent said they will not.
Many of the 67 percent of voters who stated they would avoid EU countries would likely have done so regardless of the £6 price.
“Why the hell would anyone want to go on vacation in countries that dislike you [the British]?” one reader wondered.
Many voters claimed that the travel tax should not surprise Britons because it was always a known component of the Brexit plan.
“People were told in 2016 that if the UK left the EU, it would be essential to apply for a visa to enter an EU nation, so it is no surprise,” one voter stated.
“If you travel to most countries, you will need a visa,” an other reader confirmed. “Turkey charges roughly £20 for three months, so it’s not a big deal.”
The United Kingdom should impose a fee as well. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”