Certain Tourists Allowed in U.S. without Visas

HONOLULU (AP) - South Korean tourists can enter Hawaii without
visas beginning Nov. 17.

Hawaii tourism liaison Marsha Wienert (WHY-nert) says Friday
that she expects the 40,000 tourists that came from South Korea in
the past year to double in the first year of the program and double
again in 2010.

All a South Korean traveler will have to do is carry a new
electronic passport and then register for travel authorization
online.

Many Koreans have relatives in Hawaii and deep cultural ties to
the state's large Korean-American communities.

President Bush decided two weeks ago to lift visa requirements
for South Korean tourists. Citizens from other countries, including
Great Britain and Japan, are already eligible to enter the country
without visas.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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