The EU is meeting this week to discuss visa reciprocity.
Specifically, some member countries have proposed requiring American and Canadian citizens to obtain visas prior to traveling to Europe.
It’s only fair, they argue.
The United States requires citizens of five EU countries—Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Croatia, and Cyprus—to obtain visas before they’re admitted across the U.S. border, and Canada requires visas of Romanians and Bulgarians.
As things stand, both Americans and Canadians can enter the EU visa-free… the whole of the EU. However, EU-member countries are meant to stand united. So, EU-member countries Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Croatia, and Cyprus suggest, if we need visas to travel to the United States, shouldn’t Americans need visas to travel anywhere in the EU?
It’s a messy situation, and it’s not clear or maybe even likely that the EU will make a change. Requiring Americans andCanadians to get visas for two-week holidays in France or Germany would put a crimp in those countries’ tourism industries.
However, the discussions remind us that immigration policies can and do change… sometimes quickly.