Thursday, 30 October 2008

United States: visa changes for visiting Hungarians

Amidst all the momentous global economic happenings of recent days, the following minor news item might have missed most people’s attention.

Visa-Free travel to US from November 17

"As of November 17 the US will waive visa requirement [for] tourists from seven countries – Hungary, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and South Korea – US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff announced in Prague on Monday. He will arrive in Budapest today to give details on the waiver at the Foreign Ministry. Hungarians intending to stay in the US for three months or less must hold passports with biometric IDs to qualify for the waiver, which is already enjoyed by 27 countries, Chertoff added."

The report was published on 28 October by, an English-language news service for foreigners living in Hungary and Hungarians living abroad.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Andrew
    I was with a hungarian colleague at Niagara Falls (the canadian side) in August of this year and we were unable to cross into the US because of the VISA situation. I have passed along this information to our new staff.