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US Citizens To Pay Visa Fee To Visit Europe

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New guidelines for travel documents have been released by the European Union through its European Travel Information and Authorization System.

According to the Economic Times on Monday, The European Union will start requiring visitors to obtain pre-approval through the European Travel Information and Authorisation System in 2024; this includes American summer vacationers who travel abroad frequently.

A charge of 7 euros, or $7.79 U.S. dollars, is required to submit the application form, which may be found on the official ETIAS website and a mobile application. Email is the only form of communication.

Once the ETIAS programme is in place, citizens of the United States and visitors from 60 other nations will need a visa waiver for short visits to any of the Schengen-zone countries.

Applicants will need to provide travel documentation, such as a passport, as well as personal information, education level, current occupation, anticipated trip details, and any criminal convictions.

Australia, Canada, Mexico, and many other nations are on the list of ETIAS-eligible nations. To enter the Schengen-zone nations of Europe, all travelers—regardless of age—must get their own ETIAS approval.

The authorization will be required for travel to all ETIAS member countries, which fall into one of four categories: full Schengen members like Spain, France, and Italy; European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries like Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland; future Schengen members such as Bulgaria and Cyprus; plus European micro states like Andorra and Monaco.

The goal of ETIAS is to tighten border security, as well as digitally screen and track travelers entering and leaving EU countries. Its purpose and application process are similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program for visitors headed to the US—a fact that has also made many people more understanding of the new requirement.

While most applications are processed within minutes, some take longer to yield a decision and the European Union advises visitors to apply “well in advance.”

A response is promised within four days but could be extended by 14 to 30 days depending on the circumstance.

Once the authorization is secured, however, it is valid for up to three years or until the visitor’s passport expires.

“With a valid ETIAS travel authorization, you can enter the territory of these European countries as often as you want for short-term stays — normally for up to 90 days in any 180-day period,” the EU’s website reads.

“However, it does not guarantee entry. When you arrive, a border guard will ask to see your passport and other documents and verify that you meet the entry conditions.”

The travel authorization is only necessary to enter 30 European countries, including Spain, Germany, France, and Greece.

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British Airways Flight Grounded in Lagos Due to Technical Fault

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– British Airways flight delayed due to technical fault
– Passengers stranded at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos
– Airline apologizes and re-accommodates passengers on other flights

A British Airways flight scheduled to depart for London from Lagos was delayed due to a technical fault, causing confusion and frustration among passengers.

The flight, which was scheduled to depart at 10:50 pm on Wednesday, June 19, was eventually canceled after 1:00 am, leaving many stranded.

However, most passengers have been re-accommodated on other flights, while the remaining affected passengers have been lodged in a hotel with their meals catered for since Wednesday.

According to a passenger, the airline is working hard to book the remaining customers on a flight as soon as possible.

The Regional Commercial Manager for Nigeria and Ghana, Mrs. Tutu Otuyalo, confirmed the development and apologized for the delay.

“We have been in contact with our customers to apologize for the delay to their flight, caused by a technical issue with the aircraft,” she said. “The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do.”

In addition, Mrs. Otuyalo assured that the majority of customers have been re-accommodated on other flights, and the team is working hard to book the remaining customers on a flight as soon as possible.

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Federal Govt Puts Three Presidential Aircraft Up For Sale

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– FG puts three presidential jets up for sale
– Move aimed at reducing maintenance costs
– Proceeds to fund purchase of new aircraft

The Federal Government has decided to sell three ageing aircraft from the presidential fleet to reduce maintenance costs.

The aircraft, including a Boeing 737 BBJ, Gulfstream, and Falcon 7x, will be sold through a US-based airline marketer, JetHQ. The sale is expected to generate funds for the purchase of new aircraft.

Meanwhile, the presidential fleet has come under scrutiny due to its poor condition, with at least half of the aircraft deemed unserviceable or failing.

Legislators have called for the modernization of the fleet, citing safety concerns after several incidents involving the current aircraft. The government has received preliminary offers for the aircraft and is seeking optimal deals.

The sale of the aircraft is a controversial move, with some lawmakers arguing that it is insensitive to the economic hardships faced by the populace.

However, officials insist that the sale is necessary to ensure the safety of national leaders.

“We must press for a better deal instead of rushing to have a bad deal for the government,” an official involved in the process said.

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