It has long been the case that the more you know about a particular country, the more likely you are to be accepted.
But now there are signs that this trend is changing.
There is a new trend: more people are using their own credit card to book travel.
The data from the Credit Suisse Group shows that the number of people who are travelling on credit cards rose from 17.4 per cent in March to 21.4 percent in September.
The trend appears to be linked to the introduction of the Visa Checkout service from Credit Suse.
It allows people to check the validity of their credit card online, with a link to the relevant website.
The number of tourists travelling by credit card increased by 11.3 per cent last year, the data shows.
The figures are also an indication of the increasing popularity of the European Union’s (EU) Visa Checkup service, which allows citizens of other EU member states to check in to the EU for a visa application and payment.
In the UK, the number visiting the country by credit was up 12.6 per cent.
More than 1,500 Britons were taking part in the VisaCheckout scheme last year.
The UK has seen a rise in visitors from overseas since the Brexit vote, with around half of all visitors from abroad now travelling on British credit cards.
The majority of those who travelled on British cards went abroad for business, leisure and pleasure purposes.
The new trend may come as no surprise.
The EU has been keen to see the number increase for some time.
In February, it announced a programme called ‘Operation Visa’ to make the EU more attractive for tourists.
The scheme was launched to encourage people to visit the EU and its member states more frequently, with up to €20,000 available for a first visit, and €100,000 for subsequent visits.
The European Commission also wants to boost the numbers of tourists who can be accepted for a Visa Check-up in a given country.
But the numbers so far suggest the change is working.