Ireland joins the USA Visa waiver club.

In 1995 laws were changed so that Irish people taking short trips of less than 90 days to the USA did not need a visa. Ireland joined the visa waiver pilot programme passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton.

Until now Ireland, along with Greece and Portugal, was not included in the US Visa waiver programme. Now Irish people travelling to the US will be permitted entry with just a passport.

Tony Connelly reports on the new laws and what they will mean for Irish people. Anne Sides, Chief Consul, US Embassy outlines the conditions surrounding eligibility for the waiver and the conditions under which a visa will still be required. Rosemary Steen, Assistant Director, Trade and Industry with IBEC describes the new regulations as a significant move for Irish business.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 March 1995. The reporter is Tony Connelly.