The Visiting Internet Fiancé/ée (VIF): An Emerging Group of International Travelers


  • 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.


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.