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Croatia Added in Visa Waiver Program

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On September 28, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas along with Secretary of State Blinken designated Croatia as a new participant in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP is a comprehensive security partnership between the US and other designated countries that allows international travel to the US for business or tourism without a visa for up to 90 days. In order to participate in VWP, a country must meet requirements related to counterterrorism, law enforcement, document security, and border management. This also includes having a nonimmigrant visa refusal rate of below 3%, issuing secure travel documents, and working closely with the US on law enforcement and counterterrorism.

“Today’s designation of Croatia as a new participant in the Visa Waiver Program is an important recognition of our countries’ shared economic and security interests,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas.  “I congratulate Croatia for becoming the 40th member of the VWP after having met strict requirements, and I look forward to our continued close cooperation on key priorities.”

Starting December 1, 2021 the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) will be updated to allow citizens of Croatia to apply for travel in the US for up to 90 days without a visa. ESTA authorizations are generally valid for two years.  Travelers with valid B1/B2 visas should continue to use their visa for travel to the United States.  For more information on ESTA applications, please visit the CBP ESTA website.

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