European Commission announce no temporary suspension of visa waiver for US and Canadians travelling to the EU at this stage

13 July 2016

Earlier today, the European Commission adopted a Communication around its visa waiver reciprocity policy with Canada and the United States evaluating the progress made in their discussions to date and setting out next steps.  

Initially, a temporary suspension of visa waiver travel to Canadian and US nationals until such countries lifted visa requirements for all EU Member States had been the recommendation, however no temporary suspension has been announced at this stage. 

Full visa waiver reciprocity for citizens of all EU Member States when travelling to the US and Canada is an objective of European Commission and so there has been a push for the US and Canada to lift visa requirements for the outstanding EU Member States, which include Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. Although there has been some constructive engagement, some EU Member State citizens still require visas to travel to the US and Canada.  

The Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, confirms that they will continue to work towards full visa waiver reciprocity by coordinating efforts with the affected Member States, the European Parliament and the Council to accelerate actions.  

Canada plans to provide an update on its assessments and timelines for lifting visa requirements in early autumn.  

What this means for you as an employer? 

There has been no change to the current requirements and most Canadian and US nationals are eligible to travel to EU Member States to undertake permissible tourism and business activities without a visa.  

We are closely monitoring the developments around this situation and will provide further updates as they become available. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your usual PwC Legal contact for further details.




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