Chileans won’t need a visa to enter the United States

Travellers must have a requested in an electronic system for travel authorization approval and an "e-passport"

United States incorporates Chile to the visa waiver program from the last day of March, confirmed by the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, during his visit to Santiago to attend the presidential inauguration.

Chile originally will be included from May in the list of 37 participants of the program who enter without visa allows eligible travelers visiting the United States for 90 days or less for business or tourism.

"Chile is the only country in Latin America in the program (...) As part of my visit I'm happy to say that we will not wait until the first of May, we anticipate this program to begin on March 31," said Biden in a brief statement to the press at the presidential palace.

The U.S. vice president visits Chile as part of the endowment of socialist Michelle Bachelet as the new president of the country from Tuesday.

"Chile's democratic tradition teaches us all that pragmatism, not ideology, is the secret of success," Biden said.

The U.S. representative said he hopes to work with Bachelet in these migratory matters, as in other areas, to deepen relations between the two countries.

According to the United States, Chile's incorporating to the visa waiver program is because the country meets the requirements of security and information sharing, as well as the timely reporting of lost and stolen passports.

Also stresses that the American nation Chile maintains high standards against terrorism, border control, aviation and document security.

traducción: Belén Zapata