Croatia is below 3% (2,68%) of rejected tourist / business visas, and thus Croatia has officially fulfilled the main condition for the abolition of visas for the USA, the US Embassy in Croatia announced two days ago.
News that has been awaited for years, even a decade, and which logically, after many years of announcements, immediately raised the question: Excellent, but when exactly are the plans to finally abolish visas for the USA? Should we wait another year for the final technical details to be completed?
We received a partial answer yesterday at the 44th session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, where the Prime Minister Andrej Plenković emphasized that the abolition of visas is expected by the summer.
"The United States has confirmed that, after a number of years, Croatia has met the conditions for joining the visa waiver program. The number of rejected requests was 2.68% and the threshold was three percent. Several more issues are to be resolved and we believe that the procedures by Washington should be completed by the summer so that our citizens can resolve the visa issue.", Said Plenković.
Regarding the latest technical details, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlic Radman said that US Department of Homeland Security officials would visit the Croatian Interior Ministry in late March if the epidemiological situation allowed, and "evaluate certain security and technical dimensions of the process.
One thing is for sure, all the conditions have been met, and all that remains is an administrative formality to finally abolish visas for the USA.
Photo: US Embassy in Croatia