The Department of Homeland Security has announced that effective Nov. 11, Poland will be added to the visa waiver program.

Key points:

  • Beginning Nov. 11, Polish 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 in advance.
  • Visa-waived nationals must register online for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization before travel. The ESTA registration is generally valid for two years or upon expiration of the traveler’s passport, whichever is earlier.

BAL Analysis: Polish business and tourist travelers to the U.S. will benefit from the convenience of not having to apply for a visa at a consulate, especially for those making repeat visits or who need to travel on short notice. Visa-waived travelers are reminded to apply for their ESTA online at least 72 hours prior to travel.

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