Open for business. The country will continue to welcome Americans as long as the United States remains open for business. Belgium’s foreign minister Bert Koenders said travel to the country “will continue without any problems” following President Trump’s ban on visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. The ban was suspended by a federal judge in Washington state.
No special treatment. Danish officials said their country’s open doors “toughly apply to Americans in the same way we apply to all other nationals.” In an email to The Washington Post, Danish Embassy spokesperson Sarah Boehringer said that American visitors are entitled to the same treatment “as other nationals of the United States for non-immigrant visas” and “can easily apply online” through the embassy’s portal, which went live in 2013.
No political edge. As part of an agreement with U.S. researchers, France will expand its data protection laws to allow Americans to request access to data that it has collected on them, in a bid to prevent negative repercussions on French companies that travel to the United States for business.
Patience. Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says that Europeans should not wait for a response from the United States on Trump’s “Boldest Agenda Yet.” “First, Europe has to continue, for now, on its own path” to curb migration, Maas said in his monthly newsletter, Dabs Deutschland. “Second, Europe can no longer respond to proposals for banning visa-free travel by refusing them.”
There’s no rush. The country says it will open its visa application process to anyone travelling to Malaysia with a visa-free classification. The government has already offered waivers for Americans seeking to visit the country. Mahathir Mohamad, the prime minister, is a reformer and says the country will no longer accommodate the excesses of the previous administration. However, he said that the country’s current visa exemption offers will continue.
Benefits for our community. The country has opened its gates for Americans visiting with a visa. The central bank chief said the country did so because it was “benefiting from the economic and tourism boom in the United States at a time when regional countries were trying to discourage tourists traveling to the U.S.”
Bring it on. The country said it welcomes the “huge tourist potential of the United States,” and even enhanced some of its visa requirements earlier this year to gain access to Americans.
Yes, America. Singaporeans shouldn’t worry, President Trump’s government said. The State Department indicated that it would not be changing its position on the issue.
Happier times. Dutch officials said that they won’t do anything to discourage Americans from coming to the country, when it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court decision. Neither the National Board of Assurance nor the Dutch Federation of Tourist Agencies are concerned that the numbers of visitors from the United States will be affected.