Polish president, US ambassador on Poland joining VWP
On Independence Day, Monday, Poland entered the US Visa Waiver Program. Both the Polish president and the US ambassador to Poland lauded the development. "Poland joining the Visa Waver Program has become a fact," President Andrzej Duda said.
"The Polish people were waiting for this not only because they wanted their trips easier. This was the question of our dignity," President Andrzej Duda said on Monday, stressing that "the Poles were fighting arm in arm with the US army."
"It's official! Polish citizens can now obtain ESTA authorization online for their business and tourist trips to the U.S. at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov . This is a joint U.S.-Polish success! See you in the United States!," Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher wrote on Twitter on Monday.
As of November 11 US visas cease to be obligatory for Poles. The US visa-free travel will only be open to tourists and businesspeople. Poles planning to work or study in the US will require visas, as to date.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWF) is an extensive security partnership between the United States and designated countries meeting a number of requirements related to border management, counterterrorism, immigration enforcement, law enforcement, and document security. The programme aims to encourage travel while increasing security.
Under the Visa Waiver Program, Polish citizens and nationals will be able to apply online for permission to travel to the US via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). These permits are valid for two years.