U.S adds Poland to its Visa Waiver Program
Holders of Polish passports can travel to the United States without visas starting November 11, 2019.
This comes after the United States added Poland to its Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to enable citizens of the country travel to the United States for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa.
“The inclusion of Poland into the Visa Waiver Program is a testament to the special relationship that exists between our two countries, and the ongoing friendship and close cooperation on our joint security priorities,” said Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Polish government as we deepen our security cooperation as well as make travel easier for our citizens.”
Poland becomes the 39th country the U.S has added to the VWP. The countries already enjoying visa-free travels to the United States are Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal and San Marino.
Others are Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom.
“It is cause for celebration in both the U.S. and Poland that the two countries have now formally partnered in the VWP, a program that is the gold standard for simultaneously boosting both U.S. security and the U.S. economy,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow.
“Whenever a country has entered the VWP, the U.S. has always seen a significant increase in visitation from that country — and keep in mind those travelers are then thoroughly vetted under the program’s robust security protocols,” said Dow. “Poland’s admission is projected to generate an additional $702 million in travel spending and 4,300 American jobs in the first three years.”
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