Plenkovic emphasized that with the inclusion of Croatia in the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP), one of Zagreb’s foreign policy priorities has been achieved, which will strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
The US Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday afternoon: Alejandro Mallorcas, Chief of Staff, based on a joint decision with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. Croatia is included in the Visa Waiver Program.
According to the announcement, by December 1 at the latest, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) will already allow Croatian citizens to apply for a permit to enter the United States – for business or tourism – without a visa for up to 90 days.
“The inclusion of Croatia in the Visa Waiver Program today is an important recognition of the two countries’ common economic and security interests” – Mayorkas, who also congratulated Croatia on becoming the 40th member of the Visa Waiver Program after it met the strict conditions.
In order for a country to be included in the program, it must, among other things, take credible measures against terrorism, have a reliable law enforcement system, protect borders and other institutional systems that ensure security. Another requirement is that the rejection rate for nonimmigrant visa applications must be less than 3 percent. This last condition has been fulfilled by Croatia.
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