Discussion in 'New York/US' started by editor, Sep 8, 2010.
time to get my us passport renewed
Don't loads of countries charge for visa's??
turkey certainly does.
People from about 100 countries are charged £68 to apply for a visa to visit the UK, which isn't refundable if the visa's not granted, and £61 for a transit visa - makes $14 sound like a bargain.
It isn't so much the money, it's adding bureaucracy to the process and making people feel less welcome. Nine quid is nothing much compared to the rest of the costs but if you're adding up all of the hoops you have to go through, you might well think "if I have to do this application as well and I don't know much about it and might fuck it up, maybe I'll think about a nice trip to Spain instead".
Its simple tho. You stick in ya address and passport number and tell them you are not a terrorist or a drug smuggler and you get an Esta in about 45 seconds. Hardly a hoop to jump thru.
Yeah, the Brits get charged but the Irish don't. Never did figure out why
It's such a load of shit. And you still have to fill out the visa waiver form anyway.
I notice that all this e-authorisation didn't stop underpants bomber getting on a plane eh?
America is still the number one most unwelcoming travel destination in my experience
no one has managed to annoy me more
It's like having to pay an unmentioned airport departure tax, and it basically sounds like an e-version of those stupid green landing cards you fill in.
Which is much better for the environment (probably). Good ol' Uncle Sam, leading the way with green initiatives!
How much are Americans charged, though?
And many people have to put up a large refundable bond to enter.
Most of these types of things are reciprocal, the USA has started to charge and very soon the countries whose citizens are now being charged will charge Americans coming to their country, this will go on for a while then the visa will be changed by agreement and it will go back to being free at the point of entry, is my guess.
If it was about revenue they would have made some new Tax I think
LOL. Last time I checked, about 17% of my total income in Federal taxes.
We are special
editor if you enter the US by land from Canada they charge you $6 and have done for years! i guess that will now be on top of the $9 for ESTA. fucking cunts
Oh. I was going to go to America tomorrow but I've only got £8.70. I could sell the dolphin for meat when I arrive I guess.
aw fuck. guess i'm stayin in the States...
To enter the UK? And people pay it?
From Johnny's link..
The visa-waiver ESTA form is the best thing ever compared to the real US visa online application process, which also involves a visit to the embassy.
I got my ESTA about a week ago....and they charged me for it then
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