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FT.com / Europe - Europe warns US over visa plans

American plans that could force Europeans to give two-days' notice before flying to the US would hinder last-minute business travel, the EU's security chief has warned.

Franco Frattini wants to ensure that US moves possibly to extend visa-free travel arrangements to all 27 EU member states do not create new hurdles to transatlantic business.

A scheme under consideration by US Congress proposes that the current US visa waiver programme be extended to former communist countries in central and eastern Europe, easing tensions with allies such as Poland and the Czech Republic.

But new security checks would be carried out on all Europeans before travel on a system based on the Australian model of electronic travel authorisations.

Under the proposals, European travellers would give passport and other details to the US authorities electronically, either personally or through travel agents.

by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:34:20 AM EST
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I think they should go right ahead with this plan.

And then watch as tourism and business travels shrinks even further.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 09:49:03 AM EST
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Tell me again why the EU clings to the visa waiver?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 10:03:54 AM EST
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I'll tell you what: if you're a business traveller and need to go to the US frequently, just get a 6-month or 1-year visa or whatever. Then you don't ave to worry about it any longer. And, if you're a leisure traveller, well, plan your trip in advance.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 10:12:44 AM EST
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But is the U.S. taking family emergencies/deaths into account? If your spouse goes on a business trip to the U.S. and is hurt, are you really going to want to wait 48 hours to find out if you can go be with them?
by lychee on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 03:22:55 PM EST
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Tough luck. If you're not from one of the few countries with a visa waiver you're screwed anyway, for longer than 48 hours.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 06:13:52 PM EST
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