You might want to think twice about a last-minute trip to Europe this year. If members of the European Parliament get their way, it might become a lot harder for United States citizens to visit countries in the EU.
On Thursday, members of the European Parliament voted to temporarily reimpose visa requirements on U.S. citizens who visit the European Union. They're urging the European Commission to take action within two months. If the policy goes into effect, U.S. citizens will have to apply for extra documents to travel to the EU for 12 months, reports.
Right now, U.S. citizens can travel to any country in the European Union without a visa. But the same can't be said in reverse, because the United States hasn't granted visa-free travel to citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania. That has led to a standoff between the U.S. and the EU, because EU laws require that every member state is treated equally, notes. Canada also had visa restrictions for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens, but those will be lifted later this year.
However, the European Parliament's decision isn't quite final, because it's non-binding. According to , the European Commission hinted it will likely not act on the parliament's vote, and it is exploring a diplomatic resolution instead. It's a hot topic among lawmakers because some want to encourage the U.S. to allow visa-free travel for all EU citizens, while others warn the ruling would lead to a drop in tourism money.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.