The European Parliament has voted to end visa-free travel for Americans within the EU last December.
The vote, which urged the revocation of the scheme within two months, means that 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. This comes after the US failed to agree to visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania.
It was three years ago that the Commission discovered that the US was not meeting its obligations under the reciprocity agreement but has not yet taken any legal action.
The change of policy is expected to extend the time necessary for Americans to plan their travels to Europe and to decrease the frequency of spontaneous and short term business travel.
Currently, a long stay visa costs $122 not including the fees of processing and handling that may follow the application process.