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Americans will need a visa to travel to the EU starting in 2021

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According to TheHill.com, “The European Union announced Friday it will require a visa for Americans traveling to Europe as of 2021.

U.S. nationals crossing the pond will need a passport and a credit or debit card to apply for a European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) permit that will allow them to visit Europe for less than 90 days.

Previously, Americans had been exempt from visa requirements when traveling to EU nations.”

Travel and Leisure.com reports, “In early 2017, the European Union went back and forth over whether or not to pass new visa laws for Americans. In May 2017, the European Commission decided against reinstating visas for Americans, but stated that the decision was contingent upon the U.S. reciprocating visa-free travel for Europeans. At the time, then-secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) John Kelly said that the U.S. needed to reexamine its visa-waiver agreement with Europe, citing potential terrorism risks.”

Clearly, this will affect cruise passeengers.

Just one more expense and probably some headaches, especially if it’s a last minute cruise deal!!!

Click on the links below for the both stories:

https://thehill.com/policy/international/433237-starting-in-2021-americans-will-need-a-visa-to-travel-to-eu

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/americans-need-visa-europe

 

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