Holiday traveler from the United Kingdom including Devon residents who are planning to travel to Greece this summer was given an important travel advisory by the UK government. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has given warning to citizens traveling the said country for additional passport checking. The change that is being implemented applies to all travelers that are not from the “Schengen Area”. The government further stated that citizens should expect delays at passport control in relation to the said changes.
Although the United Kingdom is a member of the European Union (EU), the country is not a Schengen including other countries such as Romania, Cyprus, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Croatia although Romania and Bulgaria are on the process of joining. There are also several Non – EU members who are on the same area including Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland, and Norway.
According to the statement released by the FCO, the Hellenic Police will be starting implementing systematic passport control checks to all citizens in Europe traveling in and out of the country which is not a member of the Schengen area. The FCO added that it is expected that travelers will wait for long hours at the passport control during the arrival and departure of the country. The citizens are also advised to arrive at the airport ahead of time to prevent any inconvenience.
It has been the tradition of Devon and even Cornwall residents to travel to Greece during the summer. Among the popular destinations in Greece include Athens, Crete, and Corfu. These destinations are considered popular dream summer destinations for UK citizens who want to enjoy the summertime.
The said advisory was in no way connected to the status of the United Kingdom and its membership with the European Union (EU).