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Old Dec 8, 10, 3:03 am
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TuxTraveller
 
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I know from speaking to family and friends that they avoid the US for Europe-LatAm trips where in the past they used to always transit in the US. I often find myself doing the same and everyone is happy to even pay a premium to avoid the US.

Despite the ESTA fee being tiny, it is the message that it sends. I have another 2 years free as I renewed mine the day before the fee was introduced, but I still only travel to the US if that is my final destination (or part of a MR).

I can't speak for all europeans, but I definitely think we're talking a quite significant amount of travel spend that's going elsewhere due to the attitude of US immigration and the policies that support it!
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