Travel to Europe – Visa Requirements and Restrictions
Here are some things you must know ahead of time about traveling to Europe in the coming months. The newly announced CO VID 19 Global Financial Security Report confirms our worst fears about the economic downturn we have seen in Europe over the past two years. The global financial crisis will continue to prompt travel changes. Unfortunately, many Americans have long been waiting for the recession to fade and travel to Europe wholly free and clear.
Travel to Europe has always been difficult because of the ongoing conflict in Iraq and Iran. Recently, the EU lifted travel restrictions on citizens of Libya who wished to visit relatives in the US and other western European countries. However, this lifting of the travel restrictions was only temporary.
Concerned citizens of the United States and other western European countries have begun taking advantage of the opportunity afforded by the opening of trade agreements with Europe. Many American and Canadian tourists who previously traveled to Canada or the United States on tourist visas now wish to visit Europe. They join the many thousands of other American, European, and Asian tourists who have become citizens of EU member states. This movement of people is having a profound effect on the Euro currency. The Euro is losing ground against the dollar, as evidenced by the recent reports that the European Central Bank will purchase a portion of the Eurozone’s debt. This move could weaken the euro and cause its currency to weaken against the dollar.
The European Union’s willingness to open its arms to citizens of potentially terrorist states raises some questions regarding the safety of tourists traveling to Europe. In June, a group of six international terrorists traveling with an explosives device aboard a subway in Brussels traveled to Spain and Belgium. Two of the terrorists were from Spain and one from Belgium. There are concerns that these terrorists may use their skills and knowledge of sensitive information obtained in different parts of Europe to carry out terrorist activities here in the United States or the United Kingdom. This would be a terrible outcome for the security of both those citizens traveling to the EU and those citizens here in the UK and Europe.
The latest issues regarding Europe are also affecting the United Kingdom’s entry requirements for visiting Spain, Greece, and Italy. The Home Office introduced emergency regulations after the July 2021 Eurostar terrorist attack. These guidelines caused British citizens to have to pass more rigorous checks when traveling to these countries. Now, all passengers traveling between the United Kingdom and other countries are required to have documentation demonstrating that they are not currently at risk of traveling to or in an area of interest to the United Kingdom. In addition, all travelers to these countries must also show proof that they have the right of travel to the area in which they intend to travel.
The security guidelines are particularly problematic when it comes to traveling between Northern Ireland and Italy. These two countries share a land border but their currencies are far apart. When traveling from Northern Ireland to Italy via train, boat, or air, you must have a passport that is valid for that country and the one you are traveling to. Otherwise, you risk being turned away from the airport or train station by the immigration authorities.
As well, there are some travel restrictions and issues affecting U.S. citizens traveling to some EU countries. Some U.S. citizens traveling to the European countries face issues receiving an un Vaccinated Trip Approval or ETV Trip Approval, due to potential risk of contracting contagious diseases. For example, non-European children are not able to be admitted into school in some of the EU member states until they have received their full dose of important vaccines. Some schools require parents of kindergarteners or primary school children to have obtained an un-ixtusspected Vax vaccinations by Dec. 2021. If a non-European parent does not have the vaccination papers, they may be turned down at the school and will be unable to attend.
Traveling between the U.S. and EU is a great way to experience many different cultures. In addition to the travel restrictions, there are other issues that may affect your travel. For example, there are differences in ticket prices between the U.S. and the EU countries. Some hotels do not accept U.S. Passport cards. There are also some areas in some france and in some uk that tourists are not allowed to enter.