Navigo pass holders in Paris region to get €100 refund

Navigo pass holders in the Île-de-France region can claim back €100 for their travel pass, it has been announced.

Navigo pass holders in Paris region to get €100 refund
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With the vast majority of people in the capital confined to their homes, refunds will be available for anyone who has bought an annual Navigo pass or bought a monthly pass for April or May, it has been announced.

Valérie Pécresse, head of Île-de-France Mobilities, has announced that refunds of €75 for an April pass and €25 for a May pass will be available.

The refund is not automatic – Navigo pass holders will have to apply online in a process similar to the one that reimbursed thousands of people after the transport strikes in December.

The online portal is now live here.

The refund is also available to all monthly or annual pass holders – even those who have still been travelling during the lockdown.

Anyone who is still using their pass is an essential worker, so extending the refund to them too is “a sign of gratitude to all those who continue to travel at the moment, and who carry out the essential functions of our country,” she told Le Parisien.

The refund is not open to people with a weekly pass.



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EU delays passport scan system and €7 travel fee until 2023

Two major changes that were due to come into force in 2022 for travellers entering the EU - an enhanced passport scanning system and the introduction of a €7 visa for tourists - have been delayed for a year.

EU delays passport scan system and €7 travel fee until 2023

Although both the EES and ETIAS schemes are still due to be introduced in the European Commission has pushed back the start dates for both until 2023.

It comes amid a chaotic summer for travel in Europe, with airports struggling with staff shortages and strikes while some crossings from the UK to France have been hit by long delays as extra post-Brexit checks are performed during the peak holiday season. 

The two separate changes to travel in the EU and Schengen zone were originally due to come into effect in 2020, but were delayed because of the pandemic. Now the EES system is expected to come into effect in May 2023, while ETIAS will come into effect in November 2023. 

The EES – Entry and Exit System – is essentially enhanced passport scanning at the EU’s borders and means passports will not only be checked for ID and security, but also for entry and exit dates, in effect tightening up enforcement of the ’90 day rule’ that limits the amount of time non-EU citizens can spend in the Bloc without having a visa.

It will not affect non-EU citizens who live in an EU country with a residency permit or visa.

There have been concerns that the longer checks will make transiting the EU’s external borders slower, a particular problem at the UK port of Dover, where the infrastructure is already struggling to cope with enhanced post-Brexit checks of people travelling to France.

You can read a full explanation of EES, what it is and who is affects HERE.

The ETIAS system will apply to all non-EU visitors to an EU country – eg tourists, second-home owners, those making family visits and people doing short-term work.

It will involve visitors registering in advance for a visa and paying a €7 fee. The visa will be valid for three years and can be used for multiple trips – essentially the system is very similar to the ESTA visa required for visitors to the USA. 

Residents of an EU country who have a residency card or visa will not need one.

You can read the full details on ETIAS, how it works and who it affects HERE.

Both systems will apply only to people who do not have citizenship of an EU country – for example Brits, Americans, Australians and Canadians – and will be used only at external EU/Schengen borders, so it won’t be required when travelling between France and Germany, for example.