US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Hallett welcomes Israel into the Visa Waiver Program with a video saying it will strengthen ties between Israelis and Americans.
“Maybe you’re going to visit relatives in the US, or wanting to discover one of our amazing national parks, or even closing on an important business deal with an American partner, once visa waiver travel begins later this year, your entry to the United States could be simplified,” she says.
Congratulations Israel for becoming part of the Visa Waiver Program! We are proud of this joint success, bringing the American and Israeli people even closer together. pic.twitter.com/loPRY7leh5
— Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Stephanie Hallett (@USAmbIsrael) September 27, 2023
Hallett thanks “the many Israelis,” who helped shepherd the process over the past two years.
In his own statement hailing Israel’s entry, Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas says the move is the result of over a decade of work.
He says it will “enhance our two nations’ collaboration on counterterrorism, law enforcement, and our other common priorities.”
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) September 27, 2023