The United States government has included Croatia in its Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which marks a “fundamental milestone” in relations between the two nations.
“Our strong relationship with Croatia is based on shared values, security and prosperity,” US State Department deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter said at a press conference.
In this way, Croatia will be the 40th country the United States will include in its program, which will facilitate travel between member countries and the North American nation while “increasing security”.
“We recognize the importance of business and tourism travel to our two countries and our shared interest in making travel safer as we continue to develop our economic and personal relationships,” said Porter.
The deputy spokeswoman said that countries joining the VWP would have to meet a number of “strict criteria”, for which she thanked the Croatian government for its willingness to “successfully meet all requirements”.
Now it’s the turn of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which must announce the date that flexibility in travel between the two countries will come into effect, despite Porter’s desire to make it happen before December 1.
“Croatia is a reliable partner and ally of NATO, and travel between our countries strengthens and deepens our strong ties,” said the Deputy Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.
Likewise, the Croatian authorities have signed the agreement, and the country’s president, Zoran Milanovic, has confirmed that with this decision “Croatian citizens can enter the United States without a visa”, so “they will benefit even more”. .
“By reaching an agreement on this foreign policy priority, we will further strengthen relations,” Milanovic added in a message on his social networks.
For his part, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman has already described this possible agreement as “great progress” in the negotiations between the US and his country.
“Above all, it will help business people to strengthen cooperation and communication, help to build better relationships in the business world and help Croatian expatriates planning to return,” said the minister from New York last week as he attended the General Assembly the United Nations assembly.