Travel Trouble

E.U. Parliament Wants Visas for U.S. Citizens

Americans may soon join the slow lane. Picture source: Arnd Wiegmann, Reuters

If it were up to lawmakers at the European Parliament, U.S. citizens would have a harder time visiting the old continent this summer to tour the ancient streets of Rome and enjoy delicate pastry under the Parisian sun.

Irked by America’s refusal to grant visa-free access to all citizens of the 28-nation block, European lawmakers on Thursday called on the executive branch in Brussels to introduce reciprocal measures by May this year.

While Washington allows citizens from 23 countries to enter the United States without a visa on the so-called visa waiver program, it refuses to grant such easy access to people from the 5 remaining countries.


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