Ties between America and Croatia could become even stronger after a meeting with the Croatia Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and US Secretary of State, Michael Pompe, in Washington this week.
"For Croatian citizens, two specific issues in relation to the United States are extremely important: the abolition of visas and double taxation. Both the Croatian and the American side have the will and the energy to finally find a solution and that Croatia gains the same status as other members of the European Union," commented Pejčinović Burić the Croatia Radio Television (HRT).
With Croatians still requiring a visa to enter the US the country is less attractive to both Croatian tourists and investors. The drawn-out and complicated process of obtaining a US visa means a trip to the US Embassy in Zagreb and this whole procedure can take several days.
With new direct flights between Dubrovnik and Philadelphia about to be introduced next year the timing of this meeting in Washington was important. After a 28-year break Croatia and the US will once again have a direct, or non-stop, flight connection with American Airlines opening the door through which many other airlines are sure to follow. The abolishment of a US visa for Croatian citizens would make these flights even more interesting.