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New fees for entering the USA.

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1. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

It was announced this morning (Aug 6) that from September, the USA is going to start charging foreign people US$20 to enter the country. I'm sure to get more info on it within a week or so, but can anyone enlighten me in the meantime?

2. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

In fact - no need, I've just found all the info I was looking for - and it's $10, not $20.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 1999 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

According to this website:

http://ablackwomanranting.blogspot.com/2010/03/us-to-charge-entry-fee-for-travelers.html

the fee will be $11

4. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Will this charge be applied to Canadians going to the USA for vacation or weekend shopping.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5008 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Quoting jambo101

Will this charge be applied to Canadians going to the USA for vacation or weekend shopping.

If the article is correct and it applies to visa waiver program users, I'd say no, since (afaik) Canadians don't fall under the visa waiver program.

I could suggest a much easier way to boost tourism to the USA than a marketing campaign, though: get rid off the TSA and the silly border security theatre measures. Wouldn't be at all surprised if this scheme ends up backfiring, too - people who suddenly have to pay to visit will become even more negative about the USA than they already are, and if that spreads by word of mouth, it could be much stronger than any "$220 million global "Come to America" campaign."

edit: Just read on a Dutch news site that the costs would be $10 rather than $11, but that there's a $4 "administration fee" added to that, for a total of $14. I wonder what the actual figure will end up being, and where authoritative information can be found...

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Aug-2010, at 03:54 by Sander ]