September 26, 2020 – A 20-year-old diplomatic and business stumbling block has finally been resolved – Croatians don’t need a visa for the USA from 2021
With a considerable amount of the country’s diaspora living in English-speaking countries, the issue of visa requirement to enter the USA has been of significant interest to Croatians for years. Discussions have been ongoing since the late 1990s, complicated by the fact Croatian passports can be issued in a different country altogether – Bosnia and Herzegovina. But now, the wait is finally over – Croatians don’t need a visa for the USA from 2021.
As detailed in Total Croatia News on 7th September, the final hurdle for the removal of visa requirements was the issuing of 2000 further visas this month. That criteria has now been met and thus sets the annual level of rejected applications to less than 3%. This was the bar set by the USA to the Croatian state. Meeting this figure was complicated significantly by the decrease in travel because of the ongoing pandemic. Therefore, with full disclosure to their American counterparts, sections of the Croatian government set about orchestrating the required number of applications. They enlisted the help of the Croatian business community and members within it who were sure to submit successful applications.
Next Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in Croatia and the abolition of visas will be an area of discussion between his accompanying team and that of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman and Minister of Defense Mario Banožić, who will meet him in Dubrovnik. An announcement that Croatians don’t need a visa for the USA from 2021 could potentially come before the end of the US Secretary of State’s visit.