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The End Of Visa Regime? Numbers Say So

In Politics on October 20, 2007 by Petr Bokuvka

Czechs who travel to the United States still need visa. American who travel to the Czech Republic might enter visa-free. It has been like this for many many years.

However the United States Embassy in Prague announced that the number of rejects is going to be under the ten-percent threshold this year. Again. For the third time in a row which means that the last condition for a visa-free has been fulfilled.

Immigration officers at U.S. airport wil still have to power to send a Czech traveller homeon the next flight, just like they do it now, iDNES.cz news server noted today. And instead of getting the visa Czechs will have to register via the Internet and wait for reply. The reply might say “Do not even bother”.

Czech Dept. of State says Czech institutions are or will be prepared and that more problems can arise at the appropriate U.S. agencies and institutions that will be involved in “handling” the new visa-free regime.

The U.S. immigration policy has been criticized for a long time by some Czech legislators (not to mention Czech tourists), especially since Czech largely supported the U.S. foreign policies in Afghanistan and Iraq. The general public’s proposal to introduce the visa regime for Americans was rejected by the Czech government as being an “empty gesture” that would not help anybody.

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