Just in time for 101 years of independence, Polish citizens can visit the United States without a visa.
The new rules entering Poland into the US Visa Waiver Program only requires Polish travelers to have a valid biometric passport, a ticket out, and an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which can be obtained online in about 20 minutes and costs $14.
This enables Poles to travel the US for tourism and business for 90 days or fewer. Approval is valid for two years.
The lengthy and expensive ($160) visa process was a longtime bugbear for many Poles, especially as US citizens are allowed to visit Poland (and anywhere else in Europe’s Schengen Area) with only a passport, and the US returned the favor to most other EU countries.
More information about getting an ESTA – which US State Department officials recommend getting at least 72 hours before traveling – can be found here.