British visitors planning to visit the EU may face another 18 months of chaos and passport queues at airports as Emmanuel Macron pushes for the Brussels bloc’s implementation of a faster system to be delayed.
Visa stamps on passports are currently required for UK citizens travelling across the EU under post-Brexit rules.
Since Brexit was finalised, thousands of Britons have been forced to queue for passport controls at EU airports.
The EU’s proposed EES system would reduce border friction caused by Brexit, but the French President is pushing for its postponement.
Non-EU citizens will have their photos and fingerprints taken the first time they attempt to enter an EU country under the new system.
France is concerned that the new system’s implementation this year will cause chaos in Paris’ airports, as thousands are expected to visit the French capital for the 2024 Olympics.