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Argentina temporarily suspended from visa waiver program: TIA supports move

Argentina<.> has been temporarily suspended from the Visa Waiver Program. The U.S. Government has…

Argentina<.> has been temporarily suspended from the Visa Waiver Program. The U.S. Government has reimposed visa requirements for Argentine travel to the U.S. due to the country`s worsening economic crisis.



In 1999, the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA<.>) lobbied successfully for the `permanent` reauthorization of the Visa Waiver Program, and supported a number of new security enhancements to strengthen the program. One of the new safeguards TIA supported allows for the temporary suspension of VWP countries experiencing severe economic and/or political conditions.



While TIA regrets the temporary removal of any of the Visa Waiver Program countries, we fully support this action. It is our hope that with improved economic and political conditions, Argentina will be reinstated to the program. As the 11th ranked country in terms of inbound travel to the U.S., they remain an important tourism trade partner, stated William S. Norman, president and CEO of the Travel Industry Association of America.



TIA has long been the leading private sector advocate for the Visa Waiver Program, which facilitates international travel to the U.S. by allowing visa-free travel for up to 90 days for citizens of (now) 28 countries — Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

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