Secretary Mayorkas Announces Designation of Croatia as a New Participant in the Visa Waiver Program

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

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Secretary Mayorkas Announces Designation of Croatia as a New Participant in the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, in coordination with Secretary of State Antony J.​ Blinken, designated Croatia as a new participant in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). ​ Starting no later than December 1, 2021, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization​ (ESTA)​ will be updated to allow citizens and nationals of Croatia to apply to travel to the United States for tourism or business for up to 90 days without obtaining a U.S. visa.​ Croatia’s designation as a participant in the VWP is an important step toward further strengthening long-standing economic and security cooperation between the United States and Croatia.

“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.”

The VWP​ is a comprehensive security partnership between the United States and designated countries that facilitates international travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa for up to 90 days, while protecting national security. ​ To participate in the VWP, a country must meet​ requirements​ related to counterterrorism, law enforcement, immigration enforcement, document security, and border management on an ongoing basis.​ These requirements include​ having a rate of nonimmigrant visa refusals below three percent, issuing secure travel documents, and working closely with U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism authorities.

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.

For more information on the VWP, please visit the DHS VWP website.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security · www.dhs.gov · 202-282-8000

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