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The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that Israel has met the conditions for entry into the visa waiver program. Israeli officials said the U.S. briefed Israel on the matter in talks held on the sidelines of the Netanyahu-Biden meeting in New York. A senior Israeli official also said that on Thursday, September 28, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is expected to make an official announcement. The day before, Secretary of State Blinken would sign a letter recommending Israel's inclusion in the visa waiver program in light of the fact that Israel met all professional conditions.
In recent months, Israel has significantly changed entry procedures for Americans of Palestinian or Arab descent, including those living in the West Bank and Gaza, allowing them almost complete freedom of movement into and within Israel.
Israel still needs to complete within a few months some of the technical arrangements demanded by the Americans.
When Israel becomes part of the Visa Waiver Program, Israeli citizens will need to register on a U.S. government website before traveling without the need to obtain a visa at the U.S. Embassy.
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