British tourists may have to pay to visit Europe after Brexit, says immigration minister
Robert Goodwill MP said the EU was considering adopting a version of America's Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA).
An ESTA costs £11 ($14) and allow Britons to visit the US for less than 90 days without a visa. Travellers just passing through the US also have to purchase the visa waiver.
Yet the Scarborough and Whitby MP added it was unclear whether British citizens would be subjected to the measures.
Mr Goodwill said: “We are at a very early stage of the EU potential scheme and we will see how that develops.
"British people are now used to the US ESTA scheme and, therefore, we view with interest how the European scheme might develop and what similarities, and differences, there may be to the US scheme.
Robert Goodwill MP admitted it was unclear whether Britain would be affected by the proposed measure
"In principle, this type of scheme is generally there to help enhance security. To get to know as much as possible about the people who are intending to travel.
"It isn't just flights, it could be people using ferries, or other border crossings into the European Union.
He added: “We will not be members of the European Union and it will be impossible, I think, at this early stage to speculate on the effect this might have on British citizens or other third country nationals.
"It is important that as we negotiate with our European Union friends, that we can get the best possible deal, and we need to take account of developments such as this that they may be working on."
Mr Goodwill added that some ESTAs last 10 years and were not journey specific.
The SNP’s Alan Brown, a member of the European Scrutiny Committee, told Mr Goodwill that Leave advocates promised in the referendum no visa-like travel arrangements would be needed after Britain left the Brussels bloc.
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Alan Brown said Leave campaigners promised no visa scheme would be needed
Mr Brown said: “An ESTA still takes time and costs money and it is something people have to repeat."
The Government has announced its intentions to keep the common travel area between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland – which allows for free movement between the two nations without border checks – to continue after Brexit.