Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Tuesday evening that the US Department of Homeland Security had announced that the United States had decided to include Croatian citizens in the Visa Waiver Program. “I believe this will contribute not only to tourist travel, but also to further investment and economic exchange between the United States and Croatia,” Plenković stressed.
He said this means that, within a few weeks, once the technical preparations are completed, Croatian citizens will be able to travel to the United States without having to issue visas, which has often been a deterrent.
The prime minister also welcomed on Twitter the US Department of State’s decision to include Croatia in the visa waiver program, saying it would further strengthen ties between the two countries.
All Croatian citizens will be able to travel to the United States without visas no later than December 1st, Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic announced on his Twitter account.
“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, I thank Robert Silvers, Undersecretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, for informing me of the official entry of the Republic of Croatia into the Visa Waiver Program.
All Croatian citizens will be able to travel to the United States without a visa no later than December 1st. This is the end of a long road of negotiations and assessments, but above all the continuation and strengthening of the strategic partnership of our countries, “Bozhinović announced.
In a statement to Hina, Božinović assessed that the visa exemption is a great achievement, a confirmation of the partnership and strategic trust, but also of dedicated work.
“But the greatest value of this decision will be felt by Croatian citizens who will have greater freedom of travel.”
Silver conveyed the news of Croatia’s official entry into the US visa waiver program in Bozinovic in a telephone conversation. “The American interlocutor thanked the teams that participated in many years of dedicated work and that they deserve this achievement,” Bozinovic said.