U.S. Travelers may lose their Visa-Free Access to EU Countries
According to The New York Times, European Union lawmakers voted on Thursday to deny U.S. travelers visa-free access to all EU member states. If the U.S. changes it’s policy, than this can be avoided.
Read the full article by Conde Naste Traveler.
Here are the highlights:
- Europeans with passports from 23 member states, including France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden, can enter the U.S. without a visa.
- Five EU members—Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania—aren’t part of the waiver program for the U.S. or Canada.
- America agreed to a timetable to add EU states to its visa-free list; but it didn’t, and received a notice in 2014
- The European Parliament and European Commission revisited the issue last April, when the two-year warning period expired.
- Canada, Australia, Brunei, and Japan were also warned along with the U.S., and all have lifted their visa requirements except Canada, which will do so in December.
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, referenced in a December 2016 report, says it excludes those five European countries because more than three percent of their applicants for visas to the U.S. are denied for one reason or another.
- There is a planned EU-U.S. ministerial meeting on June 15 to resolve the visa issue before it becomes a bigger issue.
Hopefully this won’t dissolve into a “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” situation.