Mark Twain once wrote: ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.’ That said, it helps to know the latest travel rules to avoid any complications. Here’s our 2023 guide…
INDIAN E-VISAS RETURN
During the pandemic, India changed its entry requirements for Britons, making it necessary to attend the Indian High Commission in London. Now, e-visas that can be arranged online have been reintroduced. Time to plan a trip? Exodus (exodus.co.uk), Abercrombie & Kent (abercrombiekent.co.uk) and Cox & Kings (coxandkings.co.uk) all offer interesting new getaways. Also see indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa
U.S. CUBA BAN
Not such brilliant news for America. If you have visited Cuba since March 1, 2011, you can no longer go to the U.S using an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (Esta). Instead of paying £17 for an Esta, such travellers must attend an interview and pay £129 for a visa. Find the latest information at gov.uk.
INTO THE EU
From next November most British travellers to Europe will be required to pay for a European Travel Information and Authorisation System e-visa. This ‘Etias’ pass will cost £6, be valid for three years and must be purchased by anyone between 18 and 70. Under-18s and over-70s will be eligible for free passes. Visitors can complete it online and will be encouraged to do so 72 hours before travel, although in most cases it will be issued immediately on payment. More information at etias.com.