The European Parliament has voted to end “visa-free” travel for Americans within the EU. The decision came after the USA failed to agree visa-free travel for citizens of Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Cyprus and Croatia.
The vote urges the revocation of the scheme within 2 months after the EU discovered that the US was not meeting its obligations under the reciprocity agreement. Australia, Brunei, Japan and Canada were also failing in their obligations, but all four nations are soon to lift any visa restrictions on travel for EU citizens.
In December the EU pressed Washington for the move to play its part, but now a drop in visitor numbers looks to be inevitable, creating substantial losses for the continent’s tourism industry.
Last month the EU was considering the adoption of a US-style electronic travel permit, but the EU is still discussing the possibility of introducing a version of America’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
The Independent / AA Magnum News 2017.