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President Bush Announces Visa Waiver Program Expansion - VWP travel begins November 17

November 17, 2008

On October 17, President Bush announced the imminent expansion of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to include the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, the Republic of Korea and the Slovak Republic.

However, the United States must still complete certain internal steps required by statute before we can complete VWP expansion. Nationals of these seven countries continue to require visas to travel to the United States during that period. Nationals of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, the Republic of Korea and the Slovak Republic will be able to travel without obtaining a visa for tourist and business travel of 90 days or less beginning November 17 provided they possess a biometric passport and register on-line through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

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