Poland is set to gain access to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, which allows travelers from participating countries to stay in the United States for up to 90 days, visa-free. The agreement is expected to be finalized soon.
"The American travel community looks forward to welcoming Poland as the 39th partner nation in the Visa Waiver Program, with all the benefits both our countries will enjoy as a result,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow on the decision.
Dow noted that the Visa Waiver Program helps the U.S. economy by giving travelers easier access to the United States, while providing for security through a pre-vetting process.
“Poland has long been a strong candidate for inclusion in the VWP because it is such a key U.S. partner on both the economic and security fronts,” Dow said. “In every case, we have seen inclusion in the VWP immediately boost visitation from the new member country, and with the great rapport and strong cultural ties between the U.S. and Poland we have little doubt that history will repeat itself here.”
Dow also said that he hoped the Visa Waiver Program would continue to expand to include other countries as well.