The European Parliament has recently voted to end visa-free travel for US citizens, this move comes as a response to the US failing to permit visa-free travel for five EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania. As reported by The Independent, there is still a chance of the vote being revoked, as the European Parliament or the Council of the European Union are able to object to the “delegated act”. There is some worry regarding the move, as it could lead to a significant drop in visitors which would create a loss for the tourism industry.
If the “delegated act” of revoking the visa-free travel does go through, US citizens will no longer be able to travel visa-free in the EU with their passports alone, but there are still options that will provide them visa-free travel. A unique benefit of the citizenship by investment program (CIP) is the ability to acquire visa-free travel to over 100 countries. Passports acquired in Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, and St. Kitts all permit visa-free travel throughout the entirety of Europe. This is just one of the advantages of the CIP among many, and it might be a particularly useful one for American citizens in the near future.