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Old 01-01-2018, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Are there reports of Americans coming to Europe and committing acts of terrorism?

Not being flippant. I am just guessing.
Oh, any number of Americans were IRA financial backers back during The Troubles even if they were not the final violent hand in those days.

As for which countries allow visa-free travel between locations, it's negotiated between them with each side assessing not only the risk of crime from the guest but also the risk of overstay. As obnoxious as the 'ugly American' may be, there's extremely high probability they'll just go away on the date of their scheduled return ticket; for an Indian national it's not so much of a given they'll correctly go back to Mumbai. For China, it's often a case that reciprocity of visa-free travel is expected, and the only visa-free travel to China right now covers a couple days while you're technically 'in transit' to a third country.
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Old 01-02-2018, 04:11 AM
 
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Are there reports of Americans coming to Europe and committing acts of terrorism?

Not being flippant. I am just guessing.
Are there reports of Indian and Chinese people coming to Europe (or anywhere else) and engaging in terrorism? Neither country is Muslim, or were you even unaware of this basic fact? One is majority-Hindu and the other is a mix of atheists and Taoists/Buddhists. You're totally missing the point I made. I didn't mention Iraqis or Afghans or Syrians, where your point may hold some validity. In fact, most of the countries whose citizens require visas to visit Europe are non-Muslim, whereas many Muslim nations' citizens enjoy some degree of visa-free status or are granted visas on arrival. It's completely nonsensical.



But to answer your question, there are probably more Americans who engage in terror and violence than people from India and China combined.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I really don't get why European nations allow Americans to visit visa-free. What sets them apart from a Chinese or an Indian or a Thai?
We're much less likely to overstay. That's what most countries are concerned about when it comes to who gets visa waver/ESTA versus needing a visa.
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:15 AM
 
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We're much less likely to overstay. That's what most countries are concerned about when it comes to who gets visa waver/ESTA versus needing a visa.
No, but when you stay, you're the ones most likely to demand a Starbucks or McDonalds or Subway and expect that everyone speak English and serve burgers and steaks and fries and peanut butter cheesecakes. I'm not sure that's much better.
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Old 01-04-2018, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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No, but when you stay, you're the ones most likely to demand a Starbucks or McDonalds or Subway and expect that everyone speak English and serve burgers and steaks and fries and peanut butter cheesecakes. I'm not sure that's much better.
From the standpoint of the government officials who decide visa policies, those are non-issues.
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:38 PM
 
Location: On the road
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No, but when you stay, you're the ones most likely to demand a Starbucks or McDonalds or Subway and expect that everyone speak English and serve burgers and steaks and fries and peanut butter cheesecakes. I'm not sure that's much better.
That's pretty funny, the overwhelming majority of Starbucks/McDonalds/Subways exist in other countries primarily because locals go there creating demand, not from American tourists. Can you give an example of someone "demanding" a McDonalds?
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Old 01-08-2018, 01:43 PM
 
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Must be nice to have that American passport privilege when visiting Europe.

People with third world passports have to plan their trips months in advance and have valid passports when applying for visas at the embassy of the destination country. Even if they live in America.

I really don't get why European nations allow Americans to visit visa-free. What sets them apart from a Chinese or an Indian or a Thai?
Not all. Americans need a visa for Russia. Probably some other Euro nations too.
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