The United States Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, tweeted a map on Saturday showing that six Indian cities are now in the green zone of visa-waiver countries for travellers from the US
The US, India, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam are all now in the visa-waiver category for visa-free travel, the US Department of State announced on Friday, part of Barack Obama’s efforts to boost tourism to the US.
The 12 countries will soon begin issuing visa-free travel to visa-exempt travellers from those six countries for a period of 90 days. That is the duration of the extension, which will take effect in early September.
“Even though the threshold criteria for these visa-waiver countries remained unchanged until today, we would like to thank US citizens from these countries for taking their country as a destination,” said Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, in a statement.
“We are looking forward to the beginning of visa-waiver airline operations and visa-exempt travel operations for US citizens from these countries in early September.”
The visa-waiver programme is a system that allows frequent travellers to the US to stay in the country without a visa for up to 90 days.
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First Published: Jul 29, 2021 21:57 IST