Duda said that the date coincided with Poland's Independence Day, which also falls on November 11, and called this "symbolic." He also thanked US President Donald Trump and US Ambassador in Poland Georgette Mosbacher for their roles in the lifting of US visas for Poles. Trump gave his consent to Poland's inclusion in the US Visa Waiver Program in early October, Mosbacher was a strong supporter of the move.
In a Wednesday-published statement, acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan confirmed November 11 as the date on which US visas will cease to be obligatory for Poles. In the statement, McAleenan said Poland's inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program resulted from the special relations between both countries and their close cooperation in security.
The US Embassy in Warsaw said on Wednesday that visa-free travel will only be open to tourists. Poles planning to work or study in the US will require visas, as to date. (PAP)