As of February 2017, the United States has extended visa-free entry to Norwegian citizens. However, they haven’t yet said anything about Japan. We are waiting for updates from the United States Embassy in Norway.
What Does The U.S. Visa Policy Mean?
The U.S. visa policy means that Norwegian and Japanese citizens must have a valid visa in order to enter the United States. This policy has been in place since 2007, when the Bush Administration tightened restrictions on visa issuance due to concerns about terrorism. The Obama Administration has continued this policy, although it has made some changes. AMERICA VISA FOR NORWEGIAN CITIZENS
Norwegian citizens must have a valid visa if they want to stay for more than 90 days, and Japanese citizens must have a valid visa if they want to stay for more than 180 days. These visas must be obtained before you arrive in the United States, and you will need to provide evidence of your travel plans and financial resources. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will also need a passport from your country of origin and a visa letter from your embassy or consulate.
How Many Norwegian and Japanese Citizens Are Traveling To America At This Time?
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of State, Norway has the fifth-highest number of tourists coming to the United States, while Japan ranks tenth. In 2016, Norwegian tourists spent $2.5 billion in the U.S., while Japanese visitors brought in $1.3 billion.
Both countries have seen an increase in interest in visiting America since President Donald Trump took office. In March 2017, he signed an executive order that temporarily suspended entry into the country for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order was later overturned by the courts; however, it caused a significant increase in interest from Norwegian and Japanese nationals looking to travel to America without getting caught up in this political turmoil. AMERICA VISA FOR JAPANESE CITIZENS
At this time there is no indication that either country’s visa policy will be changing any time soon; however, with global tourism booming and both countries seeing increased interest from American travelers, it’s safe to say that both nations will continue to invest heavily in their relationship with America and its people – ultimately resulting in more tourism spending here on home soil!
What About The Other World Countries and Citizens?
As of October 1, 2017, the U.S. visa policy for citizens of Norway and Japan has been extended for another six months. The policy change comes after both countries received high rankings on the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisory list in October 2016 and January 2017, respectively. The travel advisories warn American citizens of potential terrorist threats in both countries and recommend that they avoid travelling to these countries unless absolutely necessary.
The decision to extend the visa policy is likely a result of increased security concerns in both countries, as well as the fact that Norwegians and Japanese nationals have already begun traveling to the U.S. in record numbers since the policy change went into effect last year. According to figures from the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C., there was a spike in tourist arrivals from Norway by 176% between October and December 2016 compared to the same period last year; meanwhile, arrivals from Japan increased by 204%. Although it is too early to tell whether or not this trend will continue, it seems evident that more people are aware of the visa restrictions now than ever before and are therefore choosing to visit America despite them…