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Reciprocity Fee Waived for Chile

Reciprocity Fee Waived for Chile

On this past February 26, Chile announced that U.S. citizens would no longer need to pay the $160 reciprocity fee that was traditionally charged for entering the country. This announcement came two days before the U.S. added Chile to its Visa Waiver Program (VWP) whereby qualifying Chileans need not pay the $160 entrance fee.

At present, American citizens will not have to fork over 160 United States Dollars anymore, which used to be charged in compensation for the same amount charged to Chileans to receive a visa to enter the U.S.; they can now enter the country freely whether travelling for vacation or for business.

Before Chile was added to the Visa Waiver Program, Chileans who wanted to visit the United States had to pay $160 in order to obtain a tourist or business visa, no exceptions. This situation changed last week, and today their only payment is the $14 Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) fee.

However, the inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program becomes effective on May 1, as stipulated in the agreement signed by the two countries.

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