The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday that Croatia would be added to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

Key Points:

  • Beginning no later than Dec. 1, Croatian nationals will be eligible to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without needing to apply for a visa.
  • Visa-waived nationals must register online for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before travel. The ESTA registration is generally valid for two years or upon expiration of the traveler’s passport, whichever is earlier.
  • Travelers with valid B1 or B2 visas should continue to use their visa when traveling to the U.S.

BAL Analysis: Croatian business and tourist travelers will benefit from the convenience of not having to apply for a visa at a consulate once the change takes effect later this year. Visa-waived travelers are reminded to apply for their ESTA online at least 72 hours prior to travel.

At this time, a number of restrictions on travel to the U.S. remain in place. Travelers should continue to anticipate delays or limited availability of consular services abroad. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning any international travel.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact

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