Tuesday, June 4th 2013 - 06:07 UTC

Chile in US visa waiver program; Obama receives Piñera at the White House

Chilean citizens have been chosen for the US Visa Waiver program, Chilean president Sebastián Piñera announced on Monday in Washington. He is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday to talk trade and other regional issues.

The Chilean president is on a four country tour which started in Canada and ends in Panama

“We have made important progress toward winning Chileans permission to visit the United States for up to 90 days without a visa,” Sebastian Piñera said during a press conference in Washington. He is currently on a seven day tour that took him to Canada, the US and later to El Salvador and Panama.

Chile’s acceptance into the program that already includes some 30 countries “will facilitate tourism and relations” with the United States, Piñera said.

Elimination of the visa requirement for Chilean citizens who wish to visit the United States for a maximum of 90 days “requires compliance with conditions that Chile has already been complying with,” Piñera said. Among them, the president mentioned the recent signing of pacts by Chile to take an active part in fighting terrorism and organized crime.

However still pending is a visit to Chile by a delegation from the US Department of Homeland Security to certify that the country is complying with all the requirements needed to enter into the Visa Waiver. More than 200.000 Chileans currently visit the US every year.

Piñera in his four-country visit is accompanied by his Foreign Affairs Minister Alfredo Moreno, and Defence Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter.

Before reaching Washington, Piñera visited Canada to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss “strengthening economic and political ties” laid out in the 2007 partnership agreement signed by the two countries.

In Washington the Chilean leader made the round of interviews with the heads of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Christine Lagarde and Jim Yong Kim. On Monday he met with members of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Congress as well as with Secretary of State John Kerry.

With President Obama, Piñera is expected to discuss among other topics free trade in the region and the recent request from the US to join as an observer of the Pacific Alliance which includes Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico.

Piñera rounds out his trip with short visits to Mauricio Funes, president of El Salvador, and Ricardo Martinelli, president of Panama. In Panama, the two leaders will visit the Canal to discuss current expansion plans. Chile is one of the canal’s primary users due to its large export industry.

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1 Anglotino (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 10:36 am Report abuse
Congratulations Chile.

Hopefully you last longer than Argentina (6 years) or Uruguay (4 years). Should help increase Chile's economic and social development even further.

A little bit of trivia, of the 38 countries in this programme, Australia is the only country that does not reciprocate and still requires a visa for US citizens.
2 Austral (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 12:25 pm Report abuse
Kind of true re Australia but the States in effect does require a kind of visa for those of us in the waiver program - you need to apply for an “approval” through ESTA and pay a small fee. Not like the good old days when you could just get on the plane and complete a true waiver form...

Australia requires a visa for everyone except NZers who also have a right of abode. Are there any countries that offer rights of abode to another's citizens in Latin America?
3 TroLLey_to_Truth (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 01:14 pm Report abuse
What's there to see in Australia anyway? Might as well keep your pride and require visas since no one goes there anyway.
4 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 01:26 pm Report abuse
toby....perhaps if you stopped sucking your mommas tit milk, crawled out of her basement and travelled out of that shithole mendoza, you would know what the world holds to see not just outside of the Argentina, but even outside of mendoza. Ask momma for permission....or are yuou grounded but being a stupid troll? Do you use her milk to put on her face and let the kitty lick your fuzz of your cheeks? Witch hazel is great for your pimples......don't squeeze them too hard, you may get a headache.
5 Condorito (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 01:28 pm Report abuse
Great that we can move beyond the tit for tat reciprocal silliness.

2 Austral
“Are there any countries that offer rights of abode to another's citizens in Latin America?”
We can travel between many countries without need of passport. As the Pacific Alliance gets going, I think you will see a move towards complete freedom of movement between the participating countries.

1 & 2
Please feed Toby, throw him some scraps from your bill-a-bong it costs nothing and is will ease his bitterness some.

PS: Nice to see Piñera stepping out of a gleaming FACh-1 gives the right image.
6 mastershakejb1 (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 03:47 pm Report abuse
As a US citizen I'm glad to see finally see a country that DESERVES easy access to USA get it, instead of the usual riff raff we have sneaking in (ie Argies)
7 Monkeymagic (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 04:26 pm Report abuse
“what's there to see in Australia?”

It takes a certain type of ignorance to ask that kind of a question. There is something to see and learn in every country of the world, and Australia is one of the richest ecological and geological environments in the world.

The range of unique Marsupials, the great Barrier reef, Uluru, beautiful coastlines, the outback...and extraordinary range of fauna and flora...just for starters.

Add to that some of the architecture in Sydney is awesome.

Nostril, you could make a similar list for Argentina, a different list for the UK, and diverse and educational lists for Vietnam, India, Kenya, Jamaica or even Chad and Bhutan.

What's there to see anywhere? Try it, you might learn something..gotta be better than gobbing off on here from your mums house.
8 Fido Dido (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 04:43 pm Report abuse
Great, more illegal aliens from Chile, thought it's small, but feel welcome, obama loves you (actually he loves your money).wonderful and also wonderful to spend all your money here. Hey, I like this, because nobody is buying the made in china/bangladesh/vietnam (slavelandia) products as before. Money that could be spent in Chile, ahhh no, come here, soo much cheap, help the people in the United States, create jobs..yeahh.
9 Gordo1 (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 05:53 pm Report abuse
There is no doubt that Piñera will have discussed the Falklands/Mlavinas matter with the Canadian Prime Minister and have indicated Chile is on side!
10 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 06:14 pm Report abuse
Sound like ficking dildo is jealous. Dildo.......jealous of Chile dildo? I bet you are a small dildo as well.


actual ficking dildo......are you a dildo or douche bag?
11 Condorito (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 07:01 pm Report abuse
8 Angry Dutchy
Can you try to make more sense. I can usually filter out the gibberish and enjoy the comedy in your comments, but the gibberish to comedy ratio in the comment above is just too high.
12 ChrisR (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 09:09 pm Report abuse
10 Captain Poppy

Dildo is an angry Dutchman who has to travel back to Holland to reset his USA Visa.

I don't think for one second he has any other rights than that in the USA, even though he has a Spanish speaking girlfriend, poor thing.

Now we will get the comeback about not speaking one word of Spanish after two years when he has NO IDEA who much or little I speak!
13 Troy Tempest (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 09:30 pm Report abuse
First Dilma invited to the White house to talk trade, and now Chilé is invited.

But what about Argentina? CFK never seems to be 'invited' anywhere !

I'm sure she'd like some honest trade talks with the USA.

Perhaps Obama is scared by what he might find under Darth Vader's mask??
14 Anglotino (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 09:47 pm Report abuse

“What's there to see in Australia anyway? Might as well keep your pride and require visas since no one goes there anyway.”

Haha whatever mate.

You blatantly lie because you are jealous and upset. It's alright I feel your pain.
You are upset because your parents chose Argentina when they could have emigrated to Australia instead.
You are jealous because you will never travel for the foreseeable future. You government has impoverished you and restricted your freedom too much to be able to.

Guarantee I visit Mendoza before you even leave South America.
15 Heisenbergcontext (#) Jun 04th, 2013 - 10:59 pm Report abuse
“whats there to see in Australia”? Apart from the delights mentioned in post 7 we can offer the the following incentives - you may purchase as many dollars as you wish, unlimited amounts of sugar and bread and (particularly attractive to Venezuelans) unlimited supplies of toilet paper - triple ply if you prefer. You can even apply for refugee status while you are here. You claim would no doubt be greeted with much sympathy (i'd scrub my computer first though, were I you).
16 Chicureo (#) Jun 05th, 2013 - 12:02 am Report abuse
Well, whatever...
I'm pleased as the damn visas were always a headache to get and the poor American tourists were getting an unexpected “tax” at the airport on the start of their vacation. In the end everyone wins.
As far as Australia, my favorite part is the people as they are extremely friendly.
Let's hope my countrymen don't screw up a good thing.
17 yankeeboy (#) Jun 06th, 2013 - 12:29 pm Report abuse
16. Me too, that U$100 in U$ cash at Chile customs was a bit annoying! Nobody told me about it, they didn't take credit cards and I didn't have enough U$ on me. I had to go withdraw $ then change it to U$ then pay.
It was kind of ridiculous they didn't take their own currency.
18 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 06th, 2013 - 06:00 pm Report abuse
Brazil coming to the USA, now Chile, Uruguay wants talks with the USA, Colombia wants to join NATO, even Venezuela talked recently at cabinet level. Seems like Argentina and Bolivia still fight the good fight.......and stand up against trade and business....the cancer of economics. They have a good start.......collapsing economies and no foreign business.
19 nunubaker (#) Jun 09th, 2013 - 06:42 pm Report abuse
brazil going in to the list? when? there has been talks for years and years now and nothing has happened so far... :(
20 yankeeboy (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 03:13 pm Report abuse
Brazil will never get visa waiver there are too many poor lazy people with no opportunity. We are already over run with Brazilian bartenders, waiters and strippers.
No thanks
21 nunubaker (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 06:30 pm Report abuse
Lol would love to see the u.s. function without the foreigners living there.. Y
22 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 06:36 pm Report abuse
#21 me too I hate supporting those deadbeat criminals immigrating here illegally. Ship them all back.
23 nunubaker (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 09:30 pm Report abuse
Lol would love to see the u.s. function without the foreigners living there.. YOu all better stop believing that u r the best of the best lol. Some of us really never want to live in that horrible economic crisis you're in. :)
24 yankeeboy (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 09:46 pm Report abuse
Rather than shipping them home they shouldn't be entitled to minimum wage, USA gov't benefits etc. I should and I WOULD have staff like I did in Argentina if I could pay someone what they are willing to work for.
25 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 13th, 2013 - 11:39 am Report abuse
No one thinks we are the best of best. It's dickheads like you that have inferiority complexes from having next to nothing most of your SA believe we Americans think like that.
26 nunubaker (#) Jun 13th, 2013 - 02:59 pm Report abuse
Haha now that's funny.. Well stop believing that u sad lil people.. It all started with just a simple question.. If and when would brasil be added to the list.. Then instead of a proper answer a Yankee goes and insults everyone from there. So ok might not be the way u think but in general Americans do think they're better than everyone else. And that's pretty hilarious you know..
27 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 13th, 2013 - 05:19 pm Report abuse
26 rather than being an ignorant fool, as you continue to demonstrate in your posts, try what I do. I base my opinions of Argentina from being in Agentina, knowing Argentines and related via marriage. Save for a few like Simon, most Argentines on this site are racists, prejudice imbeciles. Yet, the ones I know, the ones I encounter during my travels are nothing of the sort.
First hand experience goes a long way, but that is something you peronists are incapable of. Stick your head back up your ass.......you need some more cologne.
28 nunubaker (#) Jun 13th, 2013 - 06:42 pm Report abuse
Haha now I get it.. Ur Argentinian you hate brasil.. Enough said.. So to my first question.. There has been talks and talks about brasil being included in the list.. For years now and still nothing.. I keep hearing it'll happen.. Question is when..
29 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 13th, 2013 - 09:22 pm Report abuse
I am Argentina......show me? Email me at m.cher1160@outlook.com and I can prove I am a USA born and raise Brooklyn boy living in greater Boston. If you choose not to email me for proof....scamper to your corner like a good mercosur loser.

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