The United States is considering allowing Israeli citizens to enter its territory without a visa
Homeland Security Minister announced that his office is focused on putting Israel, and three other European countries, on a list that allows stays in the US for up to 90 days without an entry visa
Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mallorca said yesterday (Tuesday) that the United States is considering allowing citizens of four countries, including Israel, to enter its territory without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.
US Embassy in Tel Aviv (Photo: Shutterstock)
“We have four candidates: Israel, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania,” Majorks said during an event of the tourism industry. “We are very, very focused on this program,” he added, adding that the move is expected to provide significant economic and security benefits.
In order to advance these steps, Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked is expected to meet with Myorx in the United States and discuss the issue. Meanwhile, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Gilad Ardan, posted on his Twitter account: “We continue to work to include Israel in the program, so that Israeli citizens can enter the United States without a visa. The statement by the Minister of Homeland Security indicates that we are approaching this goal.”
Last August, following a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Joe Biden, the White House stressed that “his administration will strengthen bilateral cooperation with Israel, in ways that will benefit both U.S. and Israeli citizens, including by A common slave for the Israeli economy, as part of the visa exemption program. “
Israel may enter the list of countries that can enter the United States without a visa (Photo: Shutterstock)
In order to take part in the visa waiver program, the country interested in it must meet strict requirements related to the fight against terrorism, law enforcement, immigration enforcement, document security and border management. Today, there are 40 countries that are on the list.
Last September, the United States added Croatia to its visa waiver program. The director general of the American Tourism Association, Roger Dow, said on Tuesday that adding the country in the Balkans would bring in $ 100 million to the American economy. “Every time you add one of these countries, travel just blossoms,” he said.
In February, Myorx spoke with the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, both of whom “expressed interest in maintaining the travel agreement between the United States and the European Union, and working with Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania to meet visa waiver requirements.”
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