If you're a jet-setting American, you've long enjoyed the privilege of hopping over to Europe with your passport in hand — no visa required if you're staying for less than 90 days. And this has become ever easier to do, thanks to insane flight deals across the pond, as well as within the continent once you get there.
But now the whole process may be about to get harder again: American travelers may soon need visas to travel throughout Europe. Reuters reports that the European Parliament has voted to end the visa waiver program with America. The vote is broadly considered to be retaliation against the U.S.
Why? Well, it's part of a dispute dating back to 2014: The U.S. won't grant access to people from four east European states and Cyprus without visas, while those from the other 23 member states can enter using the U.S. visa waiver program. But E.U. rules say all union citizens must be treated equally. So the E.U. views the U.S. as offering a lack of full reciprocity.
According to Travel + Leisure, a huge sum of nearly 13 million U.S. citizens visited Europe last year. Logically, some European lawmakers worry that reinstating visa requirements will reduce that heavy traffic, and cut in on revenue.
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