HC Deb 14 February 1938 vol 331 cc1510-1
7. Mr. Day

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs which countries in Europe have foregone fees for visas on passports issued to American tourists; and, in view of the advantages to be gained in attracting tourists to this coun- try, will he consider adopting a similar policy in this country?

Mr. Eden

According to the information available in the Foreign Office the United States Government have concluded agreements with the following European countries for the abolition of visa fees: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Danzig, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Latvia. As the hon. Member is aware, an arrangement has already been concluded between His Majesty's Government and the United States Government by which fees for visas have been mutually reduced by four-fifths as from 1st April last.

Mr. Day

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the United States Government have made an offer of complete abolition of these fees?

Mr. Eden

I cannot say without notice.

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