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Poland notifies EC that the US is not fulfilling EU visa-free travel laws

14th February 2014
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According to EU law, all of its citizens should be treated equally when it comes to visa-free travel


Poland’s Foreign Ministry has informed the European Commission that the US is not respecting the recently EU regulations regarding visa-free travel.

A regulation which entered into force on December, 2- requires EU countries to “react in common” on visa matters, especially in cases where foreign countries "subjects [EU] citizens to differing treatment.” US citizens can travel to Poland without a visa, while Poles need such document to enter the US. The new ruling was the basis upon which Poland informed the EU of being mistreated by the US.

“Implementing visas for US citizens would be difficult to organize and not necessary something that could help us [being allowed to travel to the US without a visa]. We have to remember that there are many US citizens of Polish descent as well as American investors who travel here often,” said Polish MFA Radosław Sikorski when asked if Poland would introduce visa requirements for US citizens.

Apart from Poland, US has visa requirements for citizens of Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia.

If within six months the problem is not solved, the EU could introduce visas for US diplomats, the Commission warned last week.

Poland A.M.

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