Thursday, April 8, 2010
Greece Becomes the 36th Member of the Visa Waiver Program
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Greece as the 36th member of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which will facilitate travel for Greek citizens visiting the United States.
DHS is committed to guarding against terrorism while at the same time enhancing legal travel and trade with countries which are committed to strong security and screening procedures.
Greece’s VWP designation is the summit of more than two years of collaboration between the two countries. It means that the USA acknowledges that Greece meets with major information-sharing and security requirements, including timely reporting of stolen and lost passports, effective counterterrorism measures, border control and law enforcement.
As a result Greek citizens will be allowed to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without a visa. They will be required to obtain a visa waiver (ESTA visa) prior to their travel.