Beginning today, travelers to the United States from 36 nations will face paying an extra $14 at the border, thanks to the Travel Promotion Act. It goes into effect today as you can guess, and the $14 fee’s purpose is—to put it plainly—to take money from tourists for encouraging tourism. $4 will cover the operating costs of registering the travelers for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, and the $10 chunk will then be turned right into a fund for promoting tourism to the United States.
The 36 nations are those that fall under the US’ visa waiver program, which allows visits to the US of up to 90 days without the necessity of a seeking a visa (so long as you don’t seek work). The foreign travelers who pay the $14 fee are covered for two years as the fees is not per-trip.
To find out if you’ll be subject to forking over the extra dollars next time you visit the good old US of A, here is a complete list of the 36 countries:
· Czech Republic
· Denmark/Greenland/Faroe Islands
· Netherlands/Netherlands Antilles/Aruba
· New Zealand
· San Marino
· South Korea
· United Kingdom