U.S. Airports Applaud Addition of Chile to Visa Waiver Program

February 28, 2014


WASHINGTON — Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that Chile has been designated for inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program effective May 1:

“Chile’s designation to be included in the United States’ Visa Waiver Program is a significant step in opening up the full potential of business and leisure travel between both countries,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “ACI-NA and its U.S. member airports applaud this decision by the Department of Homeland Security, and we look forward to other nations joining the Visa Waiver Program.”

Under the Visa Waiver Program, travelers from eligible countries can enter the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, provided they meet certain requirements.  Details of the program, requirements and the current list of countries are available from the Department of State: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visa-waiver-program.html.


About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at www.airportscouncil.org.