Articles tagged “visa waiver”

Brazil Open Skies Deal Is Great But Incomplete Without a Visa Waiver Program

Brazil Open Skies Deal Is Great But Incomplete Without a Visa Waiver Program

Dan Peltier, Skift

Do travelers care more about cheaper airfares or not having to schlep to a consulate, pay for a visa, and wait weeks or months for it to arrive? Many travel brands would say visa waivers are more important, and many travelers would agree. The U.S. doesn't seem to be in the business lately of making it easier for travelers to visit, visa waiver program aside.

2 years ago

European Parliament Said it Won’t Scrap Visa Waivers for U.S. and Canada

European Parliament Said it Won’t Scrap Visa Waivers for U.S. and Canada

Associated Press

The threat of suspending visa-free travel for Americans in Europe is a favorite of the EU, even if they'll never actually follow through on their threats.

2 years ago

Europe Is Still Threatening to End Visa-Waiver Travel by North Americans

Europe Is Still Threatening to End Visa-Waiver Travel by North Americans

Jonathan Stearns, Bloomberg

The European Union is looking to punish the U.S. and Canadia for their uneven implementation of visa-waiver eligibility. Fortunately, cooler heads in Europe are holding up any retaliatory action.

3 years ago

Proposal to Screen Tourists’ Social Media Accounts in U.S. Presents Challenges

Proposal to Screen Tourists’ Social Media Accounts in U.S. Presents Challenges

Dan Peltier, Skift

Who in their right mind wants to waste government workers' time and sanity to screen the social media accounts of tens of millions of visitors every year when there are home-grown wack-jobs spouting even more dangerous things every day?

3 years ago

U.S. Travel Association CEO on Defending Visa Waiver Program Against Uninformed Attacks

U.S. Travel Association CEO on Defending Visa Waiver Program Against Uninformed Attacks

Dan Peltier, Skift

Roger Dow of the U.S. Travel Association said the first decade of the 21st century was the "lost decade," when international travel grew exponentially but visitor arrivals to the U.S. remained relatively flat. Shutting down the visa waiver program in in the wake of terrorist attacks would again halt growth just as numbers begin to show it's working.

3 years ago

Brand USA Wants to Rebrand America Again

Brand USA Wants to Rebrand America Again

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Brand USA expects to spend about $140 million marketing the U.S. abroad this fiscal year, but it's still hard to deduce the tangible impact its programs have on stimulating demand for American vacations.

3 years ago

The Top 10 Countries Whose Citizens Love the U.S. So Much They Won’t Leave

The Top 10 Countries Whose Citizens Love the U.S. So Much They Won’t Leave

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Visa overstays are a hot topic for xenophobic politicians, but the data indicates that very few international travelers choose to remain in the U.S. illegally. It also so happens that the worst offenders are America's neighbors.

4 years ago

6 Charts That Explain the State of Global Tourist Visas in 2016

6 Charts That Explain the State of Global Tourist Visas in 2016

Dan Peltier, Skift

The world has less restrictive visa policies in 2016 than it did before the global economic crisis. Let's hope temporary setbacks from terror attacks and security fears don't cause governments to send us backwards.

4 years ago

U.S. Congress’ New Spending Bill Will Crack Down on Visa Waiver Travel

U.S. Congress’ New Spending Bill Will Crack Down on Visa Waiver Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Requiring visa waiver countries to switch to electronic passports will lead to less international travel to the U.S and ultimately hurt the U.S. economy.

4 years ago

Visa Waiver Bill Moving Quickly Through U.S. Congress to Restrict Some Travelers

Visa Waiver Bill Moving Quickly Through U.S. Congress to Restrict Some Travelers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Restricting travel to the U.S. for people holding Iraqi, Iranian, Sudanese, and Syrian citizenship may seem like a political slam dunk, but it will almost certainly impact international travelers who simply hold dual citizenship. If, of course, they choose to self-report on themselves.

4 years ago

More U.S. Politicians Call for Strict Visa Waiver Program

More U.S. Politicians Call for Strict Visa Waiver Program

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The Schengen Area in Europe has led to reduced security at national borders, due to de-centralized border controls. The Visa Waiver Program in the U.S. is completely different-- and already leads foreign countries to increase their border security to meet America's high standards.

4 years ago

Restricting the U.S. Visa Waiver Program Is a Bad Idea for Business

Restricting the U.S. Visa Waiver Program Is a Bad Idea for Business

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Conservative politicians don't seem to understand that the Visa Waiver Program actually contributes to domestic security through improved information sharing.

4 years ago