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“No Visa” Requirement Could Bring More International Tourists to U.S.

October 31, 2008 | Posted in: Airline News,News,Travel Tips

This could be a boon to the airlines – and the U.S. economy in general.

According the Los Angeles Times, the federal government plans to add South Korea, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia to its list of places where visas are not required to visit the U.S. This move could go into effect next month.

The Times says the arduous procedure of getting a visa has kept people away. Which is a pity, since tourism officials say the international visitors stay longer and spend more – about $4,000 compared to the $557 per trip spend by domestic travelers.

Already, South Korea’s Asiana Airlines says it will reinstate direct flights between Seoul and Los Angeles by the end of this year (after a 17-year hiatus) and Korean Air said it would also increase flights to Los Angeles next year.

One Response to ““No Visa” Requirement Could Bring More International Tourists to U.S.”

  1. Beth says:

    I wouldn’t be so sure about that. For many, the convenience of the visa waiver is canceled out by ESTA. (See Darren Cronian’s blog at http://www.travel-rants.com/2008/11/01/united-states-puts-up-new-hurdles-for-british-travellers/ for a Brit’s view on the subject).

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