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Foreign Governments Retaliate Against U.S.  
User currently offlineLatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 15
Posted (10 years 7 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 744 times:

From the WSJ... any thoughts?

Foreign Governments Retaliate Against U.S. Visa Rules, WSJ Says


Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- A number of foreign governments are retaliating against tougher U.S. passport controls, with some raising fees for visas to as much as $100 to match U.S. rates, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing new regulations.

China, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Chile and Russia have all raised visa fees, and Russia requires completing a questionnaire, the Journal said. Brazil, the country most visibly annoyed with new U.S. travel controls, has also begun fingerprinting U.S. visitors, the newspaper said.

While the higher fees and new paperwork aren't onerous, the additional requirements could catch some U.S. travelers by surprise and complicate overseas trips, the Journal said. Most travelers aren't finding it harder to get a visa, except for Brazil, which has tightened its scrutiny of business-travel visa applications, the paper added.

A U.S. State Department spokesman said visa application fees were increased to $100 from $45 in 2002 to cover the cost of processing, the paper said.



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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1871 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 717 times:

Retaliation is a very strong word.
For me, it is just giving the same treatment to everyone.
Teva



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User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 654 times:

Well, in this case, the US holds the advantage. The cheap US dollar will not deter many travelers from coming here, the extra hassle notwithstanding. But the poor exchange rate for Americans traveling overseas, coupled with the added aggravation of the visa costs and hassles may influence Americans to stay away from these countries.

Pete


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 648 times:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank these governments for making the US citizen even more introverted then they already are.


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User currently offlineFilterboy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 624 times:

Their was no need for the British government to retaliate as we the British have given you....

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User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 601 times:

I think it's fair.
If foreigners must go to the embassy to spend long times waiting for their visa, plus paying not a cheap amount of dollars, why shouldn't americans pay the same amount of money at the airport? And BTW, this goes also to australians and canadians that come to Chile as far as I know.


User currently offlineMidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 593 times:


Once again, as I always said, the Host Country make their own rules, I would not call it Retaltion but rather "Equal Treatment". If tourist, on both sides, do not want to pay for the visa, don't visit the country.



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