Thursday, 4 November 2004
Iran to join reciprocal fingerprinting of USA visitors
On the 25th anniversary of the takeover of the Embassy of the USA in Teheran, Iran , a bill to require fingerprinting of all USA citizens visiting Iran has been approved by a committee of Iran's parliament, and appears headed for enactment. Iran thus moves toward joining Brazil as the only countries reciprocating the US-VISIT requirements for fingerprinting of all visitors to the USA except Canadians.
Posted by Edward on Thursday, 4 November 2004, 08:19 ( 8:19 AM)
Can you clarify? Are Brazil & Iran fingerprinting
visitors from *all* other countries, or just the
The Iranian and Brazilian rules are reciprocal: they apply only to countries that fingerprint Iranian and Brazilian visotrs, respectively. At present, in both cases, that is only the USA, so both countries are only fingerprinting visiting citizens of the USA. That could change if other countries start fingerprinting their visitors, or if the USA stops doing so: Both Brazil and Iran have said that they would end the fingerprinting of visiting USA citizens if the USA ends the fingerprinting of their citizens visiting the USA, and would lower their visa fees for USA citizens to match any reduction in USA fees for visas for their citizens to visit the USA.
I traveled to Brazil this summer from Argentina, where U.S. citizens need neither an entrance visa nor are fingerprinted. Crossing into Brazil by bus, however, US citizens such as myself (and not my Argentine companions) were required to be photographed and fingerprinted by border authorities. Brazil also requires all US visitors, whether there for leisure, business or study, to have a visa for entry. This visa costs US$100 and is not difficult to obtain, but most other Latin American nations require no such visas for US citizens. These are clear examples of reciprocity on the part of the Brazilian government. If the US will continue to monitor Brazilian citizens crossing its borders, then the Brazilian government will do the same to Americans.