OTTAWA — The Canadian government and the EU could be in for a standoff – and clients could be in for a whole new travel hassle – as the two come head to head over visa requirements.
Canada has historically required visas for visitors arriving in Canada from Romania and Bulgaria. Now both countries are part of the EU and the EU wants Canada to drop the visa requirements. If it doesn’t, the EU says it would be required to reciprocate with visa requirements of its own, for Canadians travelling to all EU countries.
Both the CBC and The Globe and Mail are reporting that everything will come to a head tomorrow, April 12, the EU’s deadline for countries to get in line with visa reciprocity. The U.S. government is caught up in the same battle.