Croatia to enjoy USA Visa Waiver program by end of year

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken officially nominated Croatia for the VWP in early August, and the US Embassy said in February that Croatia had met the requirement of a visa refusal rate below 3%. [shutterstock/Wirestock creators]

Croatian citizens will be able to travel to the US without a visa as early as the end of this year. Serena Hoy, assistant secretary for international affairs at the US Department of Homeland Security, told Hina news agency that Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas would make the decision by the end of September.

“And then, hopefully, if all goes well, we are optimistic that by the end of the year, Croatia should actually be able to start using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to travel to the United States,” Hoy said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken officially nominated Croatia for the VWP in early August, and the US Embassy said in February that Croatia had met the requirement of a visa refusal rate below 3%.

According to US sources, one of the main obstacles are citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina who have Croatian passports.

If Croatia indeed joins the visa waiver programme, only three EU member states (Bulgaria, Romania, and Cyprus) would still have to apply for visas to travel to the US.

Croatian Interior Minister Davor Božinović said in August that Croatia joining the VWP was also important for Croatia’s bid to join the Schengen area. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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