This paper was presented in part at the 10th Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine, held May 20–24, 2007, in Vancouver, Canada.
The Visiting Internet Fiancé/ée (VIF): An Emerging Group of International Travelers
Article first published online: 28 MAY 2014
© 2014 International Society of Travel Medicine
Journal of Travel Medicine
Volume 21, Issue 5, pages 349–351, September/October 2014
How to Cite
Sofarelli, T. A., Birich, H. K. and Hale, D. C. (2014), The Visiting Internet Fiancé/ée (VIF): An Emerging Group of International Travelers. Journal of Travel Medicine, 21: 349–351. doi: 10.1111/jtm.12128
- Issue published online: 25 AUG 2014
- Article first published online: 28 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 11 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Received: 7 SEP 2013
Here we describe an emerging category of travelers called the Visiting Internet Fiancé/ée (VIF), characterized by their travel to pursue a romantic relationship with an individual they have only encountered online. The VIF is not well identified in travel medicine literature despite having a higher risk for several travel-related issues including sexually transmitted infections, monetary fraud, and international scams. We also propose specific counseling interventions designed to minimize the adverse outcomes faced by the VIF traveler.