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Romania to join US' Visa Waiver program: Details inside

12:50 PM | 8 Dec, 2023
Romania to join US' Visa Waiver program: Details inside

WASHINGTON - The authorities in Romania have confirmed that the country might be enjoying a visa waiver agreement with the United States soon.

Romania's Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, during his diplomatic visit to the United States, disclosed the plans, emphasizing that Romania's entry into the program might be announced in 2024.

Ciolacu highlighted ongoing efforts by both American authorities and Romanian citizens, including the diaspora in the US, towards achieving visa waivers by 2025. The announcement came as part of Ciolacu's meeting with high-ranking US officials, including Defense Minister Loyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Besides the visa waiver agreement, Ciolacu also underscored Romania's intent to sign agreements with American representatives centered on information exchange and cooperation in combating crimes, aiming to facilitate the abolishment of visas.

Besides the premier, Foreign Minister Luminita Odobescu also Ciolacu's sentiments, emphasizing the significance of the visa issue for Romania. The minister also highlighted Romania's aim to meet the criteria necessary for inclusion in the Visa Waiver program by achieving a three percent rejection rate in visa applications, Schengenvisainfo reported.

Romania's ambition to join the Visa Waiver program aligns with previous acknowledgments of progress by US authorities. 

Romania, located in southeastern Europe, is a country known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and diverse cultural heritage. It shares borders with Bulgaria to the south, Serbia to the southwest, Ukraine to the north, Hungary to the west, and Moldova to the east. With a population of over 19 million inhabitants, Romania is a nation that encompasses both vibrant urban centers and serene rural areas.

Its picturesque landscapes, including the Carpathian Mountains, lush forests, and the stunning Black Sea coastline, attract a substantial number of tourists annually. The country's tourism sector has been growing steadily, with around 13 million visitors exploring its historical sites, medieval towns like Brasov and Sibiu, the legendary Transylvania region, the captivating Danube Delta, and its many natural reserves and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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