Poland to Join the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Krakow, Poland
Krakow, Poland // Photo by iStock / Getty Images Plus / seregalsv

United States Vice President Mike Pence and President of Poland Andrzej Duda have announced that the U.S. will welcome Poland into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), pending the completion of program requirements. As part of the VWP, Polish citizens will be granted access to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business stays for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa.

In order to travel to the U.S. without a visa on the VWP, travelers must have a valid authorization through the Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA). With an approved ESTA, travelers will be allowed to travel to any U.S. port of entry and request permission to enter. In most cases, a traveler’s ESTA will be valid for a total of two years.

According to the U.S. Travel Association’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Barnes, the Visa Waiver Program has proven valuable to the U.S. travel sector and “almost instantly increases the numbers of thoroughly vetted travelers.” Additionally, Barnes added that the “U.S. Travel community could not be happier that Poland is in the home stretch to join the VWP fold.”


Like this story? Subscribe to Daily News & Deals!

Featuring breaking news on the latest product launches, deals, sales promotions, and executive appointments. Be sure to sign-up for this free industry daily newsletter.

In addition to allowing Polish travelers visa-free travel, the program also enables 38 other participating countries access, such as Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Monaco, Japan and Portugal.

For more information on VP Pence’s meeting, visit www.whitehouse.gov.

For more information on U.S. Travel Association, visit www.ustravel.org.

Related Stories

Reminder: U.S. Travelers Can Now Visit Brazil Visa-Free

Travel Industry Calls for Extension of Brand USA Funding

Stats: E-Visas Led to Record 2018 for Brazil Tourism

Bob Moore and Nancy Novogrod to Be Inducted Into U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders

Suggested Articles:

The restaurant scene is is heating up and imaginative shops have opened. Learn why the city that's creating an intoxicating, new version of itself.

Seabourn has cancelled the Seabourn Ovation cruise departing on Saturday, February 15, out of "an abundance of caution" due to coronavirus. More here.

Holland America Line’s Westerdam began disembarking in Sihanoukville, while guests/crew who visited the medical center were cleared of coronavirus.