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Congress clears agreement between Chile and the U.S. to maintain Visa Waiver program

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

With the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero, today the Senate Chamber approved the agreement between the Republic of Chile and the United States of America, regarding the Assignment of Shipboard Security Officers and its Attachment.

This initiative is key to maintaining the Visa Waiver program, of which our country is currently a part, and which allows Chilean citizens who wish to travel to the United States to be exempted from tourist visas.

With the vote in the Senate, the agreement on the Assignment of Security Officers on Board is now before Congress to become law, since it was approved last week in the Chamber of Deputies.

During his speech in the hall, Foreign Minister Ampuero stressed that Chile is currently the only country in Latin America that is part of this program, which has benefited 517,000 people during the four years it has been in force.

In addition, the Minister stressed that the rules of the agreement approved today in the Senate "are inserted within the framework of multilateral instruments on the subject, in this particular case, the international civil aviation convention, known as the Chicago Convention".