15 March 2017 


EU/USA: European Parliament calls for end to visa free travel for U. S. citizens 


The European Parliament has passed a resolution asking the European Commission to end the short-term visa exemption for U.S. citizens. 


The short-term visa exemption allows U.S. citizens tourism and business travels up to 90 days in any 180-day period in the Schengen Area. However, the United States does not grant such visa exemption to five EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania.


The European Commission has not yet adopted a suspension; however, the European Commission progress reports from July and December 2016 indicate that the United States has not made significant progress to lift the related visa requirements. An updated progress report is expected in June 2017.


How does this affect the client?


Negotiations between EU and U.S. are still ongoing therefore there is no immediate impact yet. 




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