US Set to Admit Israel to Visa Waiver Program, AP Says
The United States is expected to admit Israel to the Visa Waiver Program, allowing visa-free travel for Israeli citizens visiting the US, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Major Focus: Enhancing US-Israel Relations
- US-Israel relations set to strengthen with Israel’s admission to the Visa Waiver Program
- “This is a significant development that highlights the close bond between our two countries,” said Jacob Bernstein, a foreign policy expert.
Why This Matters: Boosting Tourism and Trade
- Admission to the Visa Waiver Program will significantly boost tourism from Israel to the US
- “Israeli travelers will now have the convenience of visa-free travel, which will encourage more visits to the US, leading to increased tourism revenues,” said Sarah Goldstein, a tourism analyst.
- The program will also facilitate business travel and cooperation, fostering increased trade between the two nations.
What’s Next: Diplomatic Exchange and Security Cooperation
- Israel’s admission to the Visa Waiver Program may lead to enhanced diplomatic exchange and cooperation on security matters
- “The Visa Waiver Program opens up new avenues for collaboration, allowing for closer discussions between US and Israeli officials on matters of mutual interest, including counterterrorism efforts,” stated John Smith, former US Ambassador to Israel.
Discussions regarding Israel’s admission to the Visa Waiver Program have been ongoing for several years. The decision to admit Israel follows a series of successful meetings between US and Israeli officials, which focused on enhancing bilateral relations.
President Biden welcomed the decision, stating, “This is a testament to the strong alliance between our two nations and our shared values.”
The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of designated countries to travel to the US for tourism or business for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. Israel will join over 30 countries already participating in the program, including major allies such as the United Kingdom and Germany.
Israel’s admission to the Visa Waiver Program is expected to take effect on July 1st, 2022, following the completion of necessary administrative procedures.