President Trump on Friday announced that his administration will nominate Poland for the State Department’s Visa Waiver Program — which means Americans and Polish citizens could travel to one another’s countries with only their passports and not a visa as well.
“Poland is a country, great people, we have a lot of Polish-Americans living in the United States. We will be giving a full visa waiver to Poland. That means that people from Poland can easily travel there, and people from here can easily go back and forth,” Trump said at the White House.
“People from the US, people from Poland can easily go back and forth between the United States and Poland. So they’ve been trying to get this for many, many decades, and I got it for the Polish people in honor of the Polish people in the United States and in Poland. So we’re very happy with that. “
The White House later issued a statement explaining the move.
“This is an important step in continuing to increase economic, security, cultural, and people-to-people connections between our two nations,” it read.
But the nomination alone doesn’t guarantee that Poland will be accepted into the program.
The Department of Homeland Security will assess Poland’s entry into the program, the statement said.
“If Poland is designated as a Visa Waiver Program country, its nationals would be authorized for visa-free travel to the United States for business and tourism,” the White House said.
The president has developed a strong relationship with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda.
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