All the new travel rules for 2024 from 100ml liquid rule changes to new tourist taxes | Travel News | Travel

Brits have been warned over a number of major changes that travellers will have to get used to when going to Europe. The rules come as more and more people are eager to visit the continent – although visitors can only spend 90 days out of every 180 in the EU – before Brexit, Brits could spend as long as possible.  

Liquids 

Among the rule changes includes liquids – passengers will soon be able to take up to two litres of liquids onto planes in their hand luggage. This should come no later than June 2024, as the Government announced in December 2022 that all airport security scanners would be upgraded by this date.

One such airport already at that stage is London City, where flyers don’t have to worry about buying small bottles, or expensive alternatives at the airport. Nevertheless, punters have been firmly warned that the two litre rule may apply only when checking in at UK airports, as opposed to foreign airports for the return journey.

You should also know that until airports have confirmed the new scanners are in, then rules remain the same. This means you can’t take liquids over 100ml in your hand luggage – and they must go in a resealable plastic bag that can be no larger than 20x20cm.

Children and e-Gates 

Another new rule that is now in place is that children as young as 10 can use the passport e-Gates to scan their passport for a much faster experience. This has been reduced from age 12 and is available when arriving at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City, Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. They are also in use at UK border controls at the Eurostar terminals in Brussels and Paris.

Passports

With passports, it’s important to know that since Brexit, UK passports must be less than ten years old on the day of travel, and have at least three months remaining after you return. These requirements have been about for a while now, but there are constant reports of passengers getting caught out on the matter.

While this shouldn’t be the case, Express.co.uk recommends making sure your passport is well within these boundaries – as there have been reports of people being incorrectly held back from flights when their passport is close to the expiry date.

New EU border controls

Meanwhile, every non-EU resident entering the EU will, from autumn 2024 onwards, have to hand over their name, type of travel document, fingerprints and captured facial images, as well as the date and place of their entry and exit – for their digital records.

While in the long term this should reduce delays, the start of the new scheme will most likely lead to queues as people’s data is passed over for the first time.

Tourist taxes

There are 10 destinations which are increasing their tourist taxes next year. The most notable is Venice, where a €5 entrance fee will be issued to those arriving for the day. Other destinations include Paris, Amsterdam and Valencia.

Airspace restrictions

Notable conflicts have meant less space for planes to fly in – this includes over Israel, Palestine and Ukraine, as well as other less-spoken of wars involving nations such asAzerbaijan, Armenia and Niger. Most European countries have banned direct flights to Russia too.

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