pacomartin
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June 28th, 2014 at 11:45:54 PM permalink
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I had a good time, and any problems were my own fault. It could have been planned better. I need to go back and do it right next time.



Chile has just been approved for the Visa Waiver Program. Argentina and Uruguay who were both members about 12 years ago may have their status restored. Brazil is hoping to be approved for the first time.

The VWP affects foreign national who want to visit the USA. They can come with a machine readable passport, and don't need a visa. But it effects US travellers as well, because a country will often make the US citizens pay reciprocity fees, or some other hassle until they get VW permission for their own citizen.

This may hail a new era of increased travel back and forth from the Southern Cone.

The VWP now covers 38 countries. Primarily 24/28 of the countries of the EU (except Bulgaria, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania) and the remaining countries of Europe like Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and principalities like San MArino, Andorra, and Monaco. Also Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Tawain, Singapore, Brunei plus Australia and New Zealands. Canadian and Mexican regulations are different from the rest of the world. Canadians obviously don't need a visa, but they are not said to be involved in the VWP.
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June 29th, 2014 at 6:35:44 AM permalink
Quote: pacomartin

Chile has just been approved for the Visa Waiver Program. Argentina and Uruguay who were both members about 12 years ago may have their status restored. Brazil is hoping to be approved for the first time.

The VWP affects foreign national who want to visit the USA. They can come with a machine readable passport, and don't need a visa. But it effects US travellers as well, because a country will often make the US citizens pay reciprocity fees, or some other hassle until they get VW permission for their own citizen.

This may hail a new era of increased travel back and forth from the Southern Cone.

The VWP now covers 38 countries. Primarily 24/28 of the countries of the EU (except Bulgaria, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania) and the remaining countries of Europe like Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and principalities like San MArino, Andorra, and Monaco. Also Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Tawain, Singapore, Brunei plus Australia and New Zealands. Canadian and Mexican regulations are different from the rest of the world. Canadians obviously don't need a visa, but they are not said to be involved in the VWP.

Does this affect their usurious visa as well as "landing" fees to enter the country? If I recall, Argentina and Brazil both have high ones; Uruguay does not.

I prefer to visit Peru when I visit South America. I just bought a ticket to Cusco.
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FleaStiff
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June 29th, 2014 at 9:54:54 AM permalink
>Since I tipped her 250 centavos, I think she let the fee slide.

>Then the supervisor was falling all over himself trying to offer a drink to my lovely guide, who wasn't even playing.
>I think she was the only woman on the entire floor, let alone an attractive one, so I couldn't really blame him for trying.

It may not have been her attractiveness, it may have been your tipping behavior. 250 Centavos may not be much, but it only has to be substantially more than the locals would normally tip for there to be sudden interest and activity.
pacomartin
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July 2nd, 2014 at 1:58:23 PM permalink
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Does this affect their usurious visa as well as "landing" fees to enter the country? If I recall, Argentina and Brazil both have high ones; Uruguay does not.
I prefer to visit Peru when I visit South America. I just bought a ticket to Cusco.



When the United States increased its fee for a non-petition-based non-immigrant visa to $160 on April 13, 2012, countries such as Chile, Argentina and Brazil which impose reciprocity visa fees to American citizens increased theirs accordingly to match. Uruguay did not impose a fee.

With Chile permitted to join the Visa Waiver Program, as of February 26, 2014, USA is now exempt from paying the visa reciprocity fee of $160, but must still pay a Travel Authorization fee of $14. Canadian citizens are not exempt.

The Visa Waiver Program of the United States, allows nationals of designated member participants to travel to the United States for tourism or business B visa category purposes for up to a maximum of 90 days without obtaining a visa.

If Brazil and Argentina are put into the program, they will presumably drop their fees for American Citizens.

While Peru has requested a roadmap, they presumably realize they are a long way from getting into the VWP. They see no reason to discourage the American tourists they currently draw.

Most nonstop passengers from USA to Santiago Chile fly through Miami @ 4150 miles (big surprise), but there are a number of nonstop USA destinations. Flights through Mexico City or Panama City are also widely available.

LAN Airlines: Miami, Los Angeles, New York-JFK Seasonal: Orlando
American Airlines: Miami, Dallas/Fort Worth
Delta Air Lines: Atlanta
United Airlines: Houston-Intercontinental (begins December 8, 2014)

It's probably too far to for an offprice airline

Miles from SCL in Chile
4150 MIA
4340 MCO Orlando
4650 Hou
4720 ATL
4900 DFW
5130 JFK
5590 LAX

3000 PTY Panama City
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September 30th, 2014 at 6:28:32 AM permalink
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I finally published it on my Odds page Casino Report from Argentina and Uruguay. These travel reports may be easy to read, but they take many hours to write and format, so I hope you'll have a look.

I welcome all questions, comments, and corrections.



Wizard,
Very nice report you wrote.
I am from Argentina , and know Uruguay Casinos too.
I must add some info about Argentina gaming business.

We have Iguazu, Puerto Madero and Trillenium. But, we have Casinos in each provinces(states) probably bigger than Puerto madero and Trillenium.
You talked about the racino "Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo"
There are many other "racino" like places scattered all round Buenos Aires capital city. They all have table and electromecanics games.
Roulette is the favourite game here, we have got many auto-wheels from different manufactures. Many slot have high chip value. As inflation fluctuates here, we sometimes have an expensive or cheap minimun.

We also have "Mar del Plata" city Casino which used to be the largest in the world before the US industries by 1960.

Little by little, Argentina is becoming a gambling country.

I know, you as a visitor cannot see each gambling detail.

Warm regards

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