Croatia is included in the Visa Waiver Program of the United States.
Croatia was added to the Biden administration’s Visa Waiver Program on Tuesday, allowing citizens of the Balkan country to visit the United States for up to 90 days without the need for a visa.
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization will be modified on Dec. 1 to allow Croatians to visit the US for up to three months for business or travel, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security.
The department stated, “Croatia’s designation as a VWP participant is an essential step toward further improving long-standing economic and security cooperation between the United States and Croatia.”
Croatia is the program’s 40th country to be designated.
Croatia is the 40th country to join the US #VisaWaiverProgram pic.twitter.com/1gxqe0UvOi
— September 28, 2021, U.S. Embassy Zagreb (@USEmbZagreb)
In a statement, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said, “We applaud the [Department of Homeland Security] decision to include Croatia in the Visa Waiver Program.” “By achieving this foreign policy aim, we will enhance our ties even more.”
Ylva Johansson, the European Union’s Commissioner for Home Affairs, which Croatia is a part of, praised the move as well. She claimed she spoke with Mayorkas over the phone, who told her of Croatia’s participation, in a statement.
“I appreciate the update, and indeed the decision, on Croatia,” she expressed her gratitude.
Croatia’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs praised the country’s membership, calling it “an encouragement” for further strengthening ties.
“The procedure has taken years to complete and represents a fulfillment of one of [Croatia’s] long-standing foreign policy goals,” it tweeted.
To be considered for inclusion in the program, a country must meet several requirements, according to the Department of State’s website, including enhanced law enforcement and security-related data sharing with the US, the use of e-passports, a visitor refusal rate of less than 3%, timely reporting of both blank and issued lost and stolen passports, and the maintenance of high counted passports.
In the United States, Jalina Porter, the State Department’s chief deputy spokesperson, told reporters during a news conference that her department was “pleased” with Homeland Security’s decision.
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