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Priti Patel fails to spell out cost to travellers for new digital visas

Home secretary says system will apply to any entrant without existing visa or immigration status

Priti Patel has declined to say how much, if anything, travellers to the UK might need to pay for a planned new digital visa system, part of a series of sweeping changes to the immigration and asylum system outlined by the home secretary.

In a virtual speech on Monday, Patel said the planned system, similar to the US Esta electronic travel authorisation, and which would apply to any entrant without an existing visa or immigration status, would make immigration “simpler and more secure”.

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