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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 January, 2004, 16:32 GMT
Rio fights checks on US visitors
US citizen is photographed by a Brazilian immigration officer at Brazil's Guarulhos International airport in Sao Paulo
Americans are experiencing delays at Brazilian airports
The mayor of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro is seeking to overturn a judge's order requiring the photographing and fingerprinting of all visitors from the United States.

Mayor Cesar Maia initiated the appeal in a federal court.

He said Judge Julier Sebastião da Silva's order was a disaster for the city's tourism industry.

The judge ordered the tougher checks in response to similar measures affecting Brazilians entering the US.

Washington has demanded that Brazil revise the new measures, saying they are unfair, ill-prepared and not in the best interests of either country.

Longer checks

The largest Brazilian international airport, in Sao Paulo, began imposing the new rules on US citizens on New Year's Day, and Rio de Janeiro followed on Tuesday.

The Brazilian checks take longer than their US equivalent, which is designed to photograph and fingerprint visitors in seconds.

Americans flying to Brazil have experienced long delays at the country's airports.

"This hurts our tourism and hurts our image because the tourists imagine that there are also problems with terrorism in Brazil," Mr Maia told the Associated Press news agency.




SEE ALSO:
US introduces new security checks
05 Jan 04  |  Americas
Rio starts ID checks on US flyers
04 Jan 04  |  Americas
Rio mayor slams US visitor rules
03 Jan 04  |  Americas
Brazil to fingerprint US citizens
31 Dec 03  |  Americas


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