Currently Americans can travel to European Union countries visa-free with relative ease, bar a couple of exceptions. However, this could change in the future. The European Parliament wants U.S. citizens to be required to apply for visas before traveling to Europe this summer.
The issue developed over the U.S. treatment of citizens from five (5) Eastern European countries, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania, who are part of European Union, but who are not allowed visa-free travel to the U.S. through the visa-waiver program.
The European Parliament continues to pressure the European Union to terminate the visa-waiver program and require Americans to apply for visas in retaliation.
Forcing Americans to obtain visas could impact tourism in Europe; especially during the busy summer season, which is why the European Commission says it is pursuing a resolution through diplomatic channels.
On June 15, 2017, European Union Commission officials will meet with the U.S. to discuss the issue. Hopefully, an agreement allowing for full “visa reciprocity” will be obtained before the summer travel season begins.