860p.512 Residence/4: Telegram

The Chargé in Latvia (Sussdorff) to the Secretary of State


80. Department’s telegram No. 53, September 15, 2 p.m. This Legation has ascertained informally that the Government of Latvia regards the question of the sojourn tax as an administrative matter which does not fall under the most-favored-nation provision of article 1 of the treaty. The Government of Latvia has always arranged for the abolition or reduction of the sojourn tax on foreigners on the basis of reciprocity by means of an exchange of notes with the interested Governments. The Latvian Foreign Office considers that the Government of the United States is justified in requesting exemption of its nationals from sojourn taxes because such taxes are not imposed in the United States, and it proposes the procedure suggested in Legation’s No. 75, September 7, 3 p.m. Instructions requested.