Topic Author
Posts: 1162
Joined: Tue Nov 04, 2003 11:25 pm

Foreign Governments Retaliate Against U.S.

Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:35 pm

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.

Posts: 1766
Joined: Thu Feb 01, 2001 12:31 am

RE: Foreign Governments Retaliate Against U.S.

Thu Jan 22, 2004 11:42 pm

Retaliation is a very strong word.
For me, it is just giving the same treatment to everyone.
Ecoute les orgues, Elles jouent pour toi...C'est le requiem pour un con
Posts: 2631
Joined: Mon Jul 30, 2001 9:47 am

RE: Foreign Governments Retaliate Against U.S.

Fri Jan 23, 2004 1:38 pm

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.

"In God we trust, everyone else bring data"
Posts: 29881
Joined: Wed Jul 07, 1999 11:27 am

RE: Foreign Governments Retaliate Against U.S.

Fri Jan 23, 2004 1:43 pm

I would like to take this opportunity to thank these governments for making the US citizen even more introverted then they already are.
Posts: 78
Joined: Wed Dec 24, 2003 12:01 am

RE: Foreign Governments Retaliate Against U.S.

Fri Jan 23, 2004 6:57 pm

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

The teletubies
Pop Idol (including Simon Cowl)
The crossword
and worst of all the television.

Posts: 1056
Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2001 11:41 am

RE: Foreign Governments Retaliate Against U.S.

Sat Jan 24, 2004 12:13 am

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.
Posts: 2810
Joined: Thu Mar 06, 2003 10:07 am

RE: Foreign Governments Retaliate Against U.S.

Sat Jan 24, 2004 12:24 am

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.
NO URLS in signature

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 1337Delta764, DiamondFlyer, Tugger and 52 guests

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos