England is introducing a new travel permit (ETA UK) to enter the country
Due to the complete digitization of the border system, which is planned to be completed by 2025, England is introducing a new document that all travelers must have with them when crossing the English border. This document is called ETA UK (Electronic Travel Authorization UK).
It should be emphasized that this document is mandatory for all foreign visitors entering or passing through England. The authorities have stated that ETA UK has no connection with a visa, so travelers coming from countries that do not require a visa to enter England must have an electronic travel permit. The English Parliament has explained that countries will retain their visa-free entry status to England, but this permission is required for any type of English border crossing.
This new system of digitalization of border crossings and road entries serves to keep track of who and when enters and passes through the country. With this, the state will record information related to population migration, since such information can only be obtained through research, which is not a reliable source of such data.
Summerised, the introduction of a new way of controlling passengers through the country includes scanning passengers before entering the country itself, in order to catch potential criminals. Also, the scanning will enable the police to have information about the thieves if they try to escape.
Although this seems like one more document that needs to be collected before traveling, it may seem off-putting to any travel enthusiast, but the way to get an ETA UK is quite easy. From the comfort of your home, you can apply for this travel document by filling in your personal information and you won’t have to go to the English embassy. Signing up will only take a few minutes, and thanks to advanced technology, your request will be automatically accepted and processed. Most requests are approved within 72 hours, so you’ll soon have that item checked off your list.
There is still no detailed information on when you can start applying for this travel permit, but it is known that this document will be in full use in the beginning of this year, and by the end of the year it will be mandatory for everyone.