Number of American visas issued drops 30% in February

Written by By Staff Writer, CNN

On Friday the European Commission released the latest data on the arrivals of travelers from countries who had recently stopped issuing visas to Americans.

The average number of visitors from the 20 countries whose citizens were affected by US President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban dropped by nearly 30% in February, compared to the previous year.

While the drop is substantial, the number of tourists seeking entry into the US to choose between three other countries was stable, according to the Commission. The 40 countries hit by the first travel ban are called the visa waiver group and are visited by 7.4 million tourists a year.

France, Russia and Spain top the rankings for most people who travel to the US and will continue to do so, the Commission said, based on analysis by INRIX traffic monitor.

Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic are the latest to be added to the list of countries who will start issuing visas to Americans. All will give visas for 12 months, and are also set to impose restrictions on the types of travelers they will allow in.

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