LatinAviation From Ireland, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 16 Posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 663 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.
Delta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 573 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.
Lan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6 Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 520 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.
MidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 15 Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 512 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.