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New fee for travellers to the USA

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New fee for travellers to the USA
08:06 CEST+02:00
Tourists and business travellers from Europe will have to fork out 100 kronor ($14) in order to travel to the USA after September 8th in a move which has angered the EU commission.

The fee will be levied on citizens from countries within the so-called visa waiver system, which includes Sweden, and the Swedish EU commissioner Cecilia Malmström has expressed concern that the charge could be a hindrance to trans-Atlantic travel.

"I have on several occasions expressed my concern over the introduction of this fee. The rules contravene the USA's promise to ease movement across the Atlantic and will be an extra burden for EU travellers heading to the USA," Malmström said in an official statement.

US authorities took the decision to introduce the levy on the electronic form which must by submitted to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for all those seeking to travel to the country under the programme.

The EU Commission has expressed dismay at the charge after having previously stated that the "Electronic System for Travel Authorization" should not be considered a visa programme and thus should remain free of charge.

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