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Hungary President stops short of promulgating Visa Waiver Agreement

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After the announcement of Hungary joining the USA Visa Waiver program, Hungarian President László Sólyom returned the recently adopted law on sharing criminal data with the United States government to the Hungarian Parliament for reconsideration without signing it.  One of the prime conditions for a country to join the USA visa waiver program is for that country to share with the United States government criminal data information about its nationals visiting the USA.  

While the Hungarian parliament can effectively bypass Mr. Sólyom’s veto by repassing the law, the delay in the law being promulgated can cause a delay in Hungary’s formal entry into the Visa Waiver program.

Some interesting perspectives on this can be found here and here.

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October 24, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Seven new countries are to be admitted to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

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President Bush announced that the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea — have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program, bringing the total to 34 countries that have been accorded this special privilege of visa-free entry to the United States. The citizens of the above mentioned countries, in a month’s time, will be eligible to travel to the United States on business or tourism for 90 days or less without requiring a US visa.

The Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea have agreed to share information about threats to the United States and also agreed that their citizens will have to register online ahead of their visits for screening purposes as well as obtain tamper-proof biometric passports (or E-passport) in order to travel to the United States.

Other countries, including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Poland and Romania, are on the “visa waiver road map” that is helping them qualify for the VWP.

The Visa Waiver Participating countries are:

 

Andorra

Iceland

Norway

Australia

Ireland

Portugal

Austria

Italy

San Marino

Belgium

Japan

Singapore

Brunei

Liechtenstein

Slovenia

Denmark

Luxembourg

Spain

Finland

Monaco

Sweden

France

the Netherlands

Switzerland

Germany

New Zealand

United Kingdom

 

For a VWP Traveler’s Guide by the Department of Homeland Security that outlines important changes in passport and e-passport requirements see:

http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/travel/id_visa/business_pleasure/vwp/vwp_timeline.ctt/vwp_timeline.pdf

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