Politics

Opa! Greece joins the Visa Waiver Program

 

President Obama used a Greek Independence Day reception at the White House to announce Greece will join 35 other nations in the Visa Waiver Program, or VWP.

Joined by the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, Mr Obama said the solidarity between the US and Greece continues.

"As the Prime Minister and I discussed this afternoon, Greece's participation in the Visa Waiver Program will strengthen security in both our countries -- and whether it's to do business or visit family and friends, it will now be easier for our Greek friends to visit the United States"

According to the State Department, participation in the VWP enables Greece to travel to the US for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.