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More hassle when traveling to US

by Editorial Staff in Travel and weekendtrips , 09 september 2008


From this autumn travelers to the US will have to fill out a form via internet, three days prior to their departure. Until now Dutch people - as well as most other EU citizens - didn’t need a visa for the States; they only needed to fill out a green customs’ form on the plane. From now on the United States’ government wants to know in advance who’s flying in. If you fail to submit your form three days in advance, you risk being denied entrance at the airport of your destination.

This regulation will also frustrate last-minute travelers; spontaneous weekends to New York will become impossible. The American Ministry of Domestic Security, since 2001 responsible for the war on terrorism, denies that this is the return of visas for Europeans. The ministry also denies it wants to discourage people to travel to the States. “But it is naive to think that someone that doesn’t need a visa could not pose a threat.”

A submitted form can be valid for two years but all travel details must be filled out. On top of this, travelers will still need to be photographed and fingerprinted on arrival. The strange thing is that regulations for Americans traveling to Europe remain unchanged.





 







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