Will US citizens need a visa to travel to EU? Better not

Within the next two months, the European Commission will decide whether the US travellers to EU will need a visa or not. ETOA says that?s not going to happen but is a matter of concern for ASTA.

Hellenic American Chamber of Tourism President Mr. George Trivizas stated that such a decision will have a tremendous impact to US tourism arrivals in?Europe. ?European Union is the top tourism destination for Americans and it could not probably afford losing a ?big spenders? market.?

The European Parliament voted on 2nd March 2017 to require the European Commission to suspend visa exemption status for US citizens for a whole year. The move is in response to the fact that, despite a travel reciprocity program that currently allows U.S. citizens to enter all E.U. countries visa-free, the United States does not currently grant visa-free visits to citizens of five EU countries ? Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania.

It is extremely unlikely EU to suspend visa exemption status for US citizens travelling to its member ? states, according to European Tourism Association (ETOA).

A visa-free suspension will cause more problems to European Union as destination countries would have to hire thousands of staff to process millions of unnecessary visas, Tom Jenkins, ETOA’s CEO commented.

The thought of restricting Americans’ visa-free travel to Europe is concerning, as Europe is the largest overseas market for outbound U.S. travel, Mrs Erika Richter of ASTA, the American Society of Travel Agents, said to NBC.

American Tour Operators suggest to US travelers to check on the?official website?for entry requirements.


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