Erdan discusses visa waiver for Israelis with US DHS Secretary

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Erdan discusses visa waiver for Israelis with US DHS Secretary
Including Israel in the program has been a matter of ongoing discussions between Israel and the US for years.
By OMRI NAHMIAS
MARCH 25, 2021

WASHINGTON – Israel's Ambassador to the US, Gilad Erdan, spoke on Wednesday with Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and discussed the visa waiver program. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. Thirty-nine countries are currently eligible for the program, most of them European.

According to Israel's embassy in Washington, Erdan told Mayorkas that including Israel in the program would demonstrate the close relationship between the countries. The Ambassador added that he would like to follow up on the issue personally. The two agreed to establish working groups to examine the subject and present recommendations to Mayorkas and Erdan. According to a DHS press release, the two "exchanged views on steps Israel is taking to meet the eligibility requirements of the US Visa Waiver Program." Including Israel in the program has been a matter of ongoing discussions between Israel and the US for years.

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