Croatia Added to Visa Waiver Program
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated Croatia for inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Eligible Croatian nationals who have an electronically readable passport (e-Passport) and who have obtained pre-authorization for travel through the Electronic Screening System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system will be eligible to enter the U.S. for business or tourism without a visa for a period of up to 90 days. DHS is expected to update the ESTA system to include Croatia by December 1, 2021. Croatia joins a list of 39 countries designated for participation in the VWP.
Croatia is not subject to the COVID-related regional travel plans, and no National Interest Waiver is required to enter the U.S. after a period of stay in Croatia. Notably, however, the Biden administration intends to lift the regional travel bans in November, and replace the bans with a global COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all international travelers. Travelers from Croatia will be subject to the global vaccination requirement once implemented.
For additional information concerning travel under the VWP, please contact your designated Gibney representative or email firstname.lastname@example.org.