A bipartisan letter signed by 65 senators called on the Biden administration to prioritize admitting Israel to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The letter notes, “Approximately 450,000 Israelis travel annually to the U.S., and that number has been increasing each year. With 93 weekly direct flights from Israel to U.S. airports, there is already significant demand for travel. As such, Israel’s participation in VWP would significantly increase the potential for both tourism and business travel.”
Lead sponsors Rick Scott (R-FL) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) said in a statement, “We look forward to that day and the increased travel and tourism it will bring between the United States and Israel which will serve to strengthen the bond between our great nations and people” (“Rosen, Scott Lead 65 Senators In Bipartisan Letter Urging Administration To Include Israel In Visa Waiver Program,” Jacky Rosen U.S. Senator for Nevada, June 21, 2023).