Will You Need a Visa to Travel in Europe?

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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.

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