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European Parliament Votes to End Visa-free Travel for Americans


The passing of the non-binding resolution comes after the US failed to agree visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries

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The European Parliament has voted to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU.

It comes after the US failed to agree visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania – as part of a reciprocity agreement. US citizens can normally travel to all countries in the bloc without a visa.

The vote urges the revocation of the scheme within two months, meaning Americans will have to apply for extra documents for 12 months after the European Commission implements a “delegated act” to bring the change into effect.

The Commission discovered three years ago that the US was not meeting its obligations under the reciprocity agreement but has not yet taken any legal action. The latest vote, prepared by the civil liberties committee and approved by a plenary session of parliament, gives the Commission two months to act before MEPs can consider action in the European Court of Justice.

Australia, Brunei, Japan and Canada were also failing in their obligations, but all four have lifted, or are soon to lift, any visa restrictions on travel for EU citizens.

The Commission is legally obliged to act to suspend the visa waiver for Americans, but the European Parliament or the Council of the European Union have the chance to object to the “delegated act” it uses to do so.

In December, MEPs pressed for the move in order to “encourage” Washington to play its part, according to a statement by the parliament.

But Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned of “consequences”, including potential “retaliation” and a drop in visitor numbers precipitating substantial losses for the continent’s tourism industry.

Just days ago the Council said it would liberalise the visa regime for citizens of Georgia travelling into the EU.

Georgians can now, subject to final approval of the regulation, stay in any EU country for 90 days in any period of 180 days without needing a visa.

Carmelo Abela, Malta’s minister for national security, said: “This agreement will bring the people of Georgia and the EU closer together and will strengthen tourism and business ties. It follows the completion of the necessary reforms by Georgia, addressing document security, border management, migration and asylum.”

Last month it was reported that the EU was considering the adoption of a US-style electronic travel permit scheme – a move that could create a new administrative hurdle for British tourists after Brexit.

Immigration minister Robert Goodwill told Parliament the EU was discussing the possibility of introducing a version of America’s Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA).

Currently foreign travellers must pay a fee of $14 (£11) when they complete ESTA, an automated online system that determines their eligibility to travel to the US.

“British people are now used to the US ESTA scheme and, therefore, we view with interest how the European scheme might develop and what similarities, and differences, there may be to the US scheme,” Mr Goodwill said.

“This type of scheme is generally there to help enhance security. To get to know as much as possible about the people who are intending to travel.

“It isn’t just flights, it could be people using ferries, or other border crossings into the European Union.”

Alan Brown, an SNP member of the European Scrutiny Committee, pointed out that Leave advocates in the referendum campaign had said there would be no need for visa-like travel schemes after Brexit.
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no chance the visa order will be stopped by enough EP members.

The east block and the iron curtain have been gone long ago.

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hahahahahahahaha...

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They've already destroyed the US tourist trade.

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that picture of the English parliament is misplaced.
It's an European vote. And England is gonners.

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that picture of the English parliament is misplaced.
It's an European vote. And England is gonners.
That's The House of Lords not parliament.

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That's The House of Lords not parliament.
Thanks for informing me about that.
Still a European issue.
Sail away Britannica.
No hard feelings.
England never paid the full price for European membership anyway.

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Re: European Parliament Votes to End Visa-free Travel for Americans

Do you know that joke about a British skipper with a Greek parrot on his shoulder?

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Do you know that joke about a British skipper with a Greek parrot on his shoulder?
No, what is it?

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a British skipper sailed the channel and moored in Calais. Coming ashore some dock workers saw the scene. Passing the workers one of m boldly asked "Ahoy, can he speak yet"?
"Dunno matey, I only got him 2 days." replied the Greek parrot.

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