Visa-free travel for U.S. citizens traveling in the European Union could be subject to change after the European Parliament passed a new measure Thursday.
A press release by the European Parliament said the United States and four other countries were not meeting E.U. obligations with regard to reciprocity of visa-free travel.
“Citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania still cannot enter U.S. territory without a visa, while U.S. citizens can travel to all E.U. countries visa-free,” the press release said.
John Pickles, a professor of international studies at UNC, said in an email that this is largely in symbolic retaliation for the fact that visa requirements for E.U. citizens coming to the U.S. have been tightened in recent weeks.
“The vote is probably symbolic, with uncertainty as to whether the E.U. Commission will implement policy,” he said. “Several countries require E.U. citizens to have visas to enter, and the issue is one of reciprocity ... Why should the E.U. allow visa-free access, if specific countries like the U.S. do not reciprocate?”