Good ol' USA starts *charging* vistors to enter their country. The bastards.

Discussion in 'New York/US' started by editor, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    FFS.
     
  2. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    time to get my us passport renewed :D
     
  3. Kanda

    Kanda Diving wanker

    Don't loads of countries charge for visa's??
     
  4. kained&able

    kained&able Here for the football.

    turkey certainly does.

    dave
     
  5. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    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.
     
  6. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

    Ohs noes.
     
  7. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    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".
     
  8. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    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.
     
  9. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Yeah, the Brits get charged but the Irish don't. Never did figure out why :confused:
     
  10. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    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?
     
  11. Shippou-Sensei

    Shippou-Sensei 4:1:2.5

    America is still the number one most unwelcoming travel destination in my experience

    no one has managed to annoy me more
     
  12. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    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.
     
  13. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

    Which is much better for the environment (probably). Good ol' Uncle Sam, leading the way with green initiatives!
     
  14. editor

    editor hiraethified

    How much are Americans charged, though?
     
  15. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    Quite.

    And many people have to put up a large refundable bond to enter.
     
  16. 1%er

    1%er Well-Known Member

    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
     
  17. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    LOL. Last time I checked, about 17% of my total income in Federal taxes.
     
  18. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    We are special
     
  19. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

  20. Flavour

    Flavour hang the bankers

    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
     
  21. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    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.
     
  22. abe11825

    abe11825 Like to take a cement fix

    aw fuck. guess i'm stayin in the States... :(
     
  23. ymu

    ymu Niall Ferguson's deep-cover sock-puppet

    To enter the UK? And people pay it? :eek:
     
  24. SaskiaJayne

    SaskiaJayne Rural Guerrilla

    From Johnny's link..:D
     
  25. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    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.
     
  26. UKlady

    UKlady New Member

    I got my ESTA about a week ago....and they charged me for it then
     

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