Just want the executive summary? No.
For those wanting a more detailed explanation: Some major media outlets circulated stories this past week that – “U.S. citizens will need visas to visit Europe starting in 2021.” Like so many stories in the general media on legal topics, like visas and immigration – there was both a grain of truth and several grains of misunderstanding. In fact, such was the level of confusion the stories birthed in American readers that it prompted European Union officials this week to issue further clarifications on travel regulations for U.S. citizens.
Perhaps because of the hype and confusion surrounding Brexit and the European Union… perhaps because of an actual ongoing diplomatic discussion between the U.S. and the EU over five member states whose citizens still require visas to the U.S. – the stories sparked significant confusion among American readers. In the interest of clearing up some of that confusion, let me start by saying – (1) Brexit has no impact on visa requirements for U.S. citizens traveling to Europe, and (2) there are no current plans on the part of the EU to impose further visa requirements on U.S. citizens.