Visa requirements for US citizens to visit popular destinations

Popular Destinations with Visa Requirements

Does your next vacation require a visa? The majority of the world’s countries don’t require US citizens to get visas for tourist trips… but you don’t want to find out the hard way that your destination is one of the countries that does require a visa! Visa requirements change frequently, so you should always check the requirements for your destination by visiting the State Department’s Country Specific Information page or the website of the embassy of your destination.

Below, we’ve listed some of the most popular destinations and the visa requirements for US citizens. Please note that this chart only applies to leisure travel. If you’re traveling for business, study, or work, your visa requirements may be different.

CountriesVisa RequirementsAllowed StayOther Requirements
AustraliaETA issued online prior to travelUp to 90 daysValid US passport with at least 1 blank page for entry stamp
BahamasVisa not requiredUp to 8 monthsValid US Passport with at least 2 blank pages marked as visa

Passport should be valid for 6 months after the departure from Bahamas

A return ticket is required for the entry in Bahamas

BoliviaVisa requiredUp to 30 calendar days per visitUS passport with 6 months of validity and one blank page for entry stamp

Original International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever

BrazilVisa required

*Brazil has announced a visa waiver program for tourists coming from June 1 – September 18, 2016 (Check the Brazilian consulate website for more details)

Visa would be valid for 10 years for multiple entriesValid US passport with at least 1 blank page for entry stamp
CambodiaVisa issued on arrival at the airport in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, or at major land border crossings

Travelers who will enter Cambodia on a river cruise should contact the cruise line to confirm if a visa will be issued on arrival or if it should be acquired in advance at the Embassy of Cambodia.

Up to 30 daysUS passport with 6 months of validity and one blank page for entry stamp

Two passport-size photographs

CanadaVisa not requiredUp to 180 daysValid US Passport with at least 1 blank page for entry stamp
ChinaVisa requiredVisa would be valid for 10 years for multiple entriesUS passport with 6 months of validity and at least two blank page for entry stamp
EgyptVisa on arrival at all international Egyptian airports

Single Entry Visa Fee – $25

Multiple Entry Visa Fee – $35

Up to 30 daysValid US Passport with at least 1 blank page for entry stamp
FranceVisa not requiredUnder 90 daysPassport valid for 6 months beyond your planned date of final departure from the Schengen area
Hong KongVisa not requiredUnder 90 daysPassport valid for one month beyond the date of your intended stay

US Passport with at least one blank page for entry stamp

IndiaVisa required (e-Visa for single entry and sticker visa for multiple entry)Single entry visa validity – 30 days

Multiple-entry visa validity – 10 years

Valid US passport with one blank page for entry stamp
IndonesiaA single entry visa on arrival at Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali), Batam, Banda Aceh, Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Balikpapan, Pontianak, Kupang, Surabaya, and South Sumatra airports

Visa Fee – $35

*Fee might not apply at Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Batam, and Surabaya airports

Up to 30 daysValid US Passport with at least 2 blank pages side by side
IrelandVisa not requiredUp to 3 monthsUS passport valid for the duration of your stay in the country

US Passport with at least one blank page

ItalyVisa not requiredUnder 90 daysPassport valid for 6 months beyond your planned date of final departure from the Schengen area

US passport with 2 blank pages for entry stamp

JamaicaVisa not requiredUp to 6 monthsValid US passport at the time of entry

US passport with one blank page for entry stamp

JapanVisa not requiredUnder 90 daysUS passport valid for the duration of your stay in the country

US passport with one blank page for entry stamp

KenyaVisa required (e-Visa for single entry and sticker visa for multiple entry)

If you will also visit Rwanda or Uganda, you can get an East Africa Tourist Visa valid for all three countries

Visa Fees for Single Entry – $50

Visa Fees for Multiple-entry – $100

East Africa Tourist Visa allows multiple entry in the country, during a period of 90 daysUS passport with 6 months of validity and at least two blank page for entry stamp
MexicoVisa not required

For a stay of one week or more travelers must purchase a tourist card for approximately $20

Up to 180 daysValid US Passport with at least one blank page for entry stamp
MyanmarVisa required. May be issued at a Consulate of Myanmar or online as an e-VisaUp to 28 daysUS passport with 6 months of validity and at least 2 blank page for entry stamp
NetherlandsVisa not requiredUp to 90 daysPassport valid for 3 months beyond your planned date of final departure from the Schengen area

US passport with 2 blank pages for entry stamp

ParaguayVisas on arrival are available only at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asuncion

Visa Fee – $160

Up to 90 daysValid US passport at the time of entry with one blank page for entry stamp

US travelers must complete a one page form (available in English and Spanish) to report any symptoms or exposure to the diseases Ebola and Chikungunya

RussiaVisa requiredUp to 30 daysValid US passport with at least 2 blank pages marked as visa

Passport should be valid for 6 months after the departure from Russia

South KoreaVisa not requiredUp to 90 daysValid US passport at the time of entry

US passport with one blank page for entry stamp

SpainVisa not requiredUp to 90 daysValid US passport with one blank page for entry stamp

(6 months of validity recommended)

SwitzerlandVisa not requiredUp to 90 daysUS passport with 6 months of validity and one blank page for entry stamp
TaiwanVisa not requiredUp to 90 daysUS passports valid for the intended period of stay in the country

US passport with one blank page for entry stamp

TanzaniaVisa on Arrival at all entry portsUS passport with 6 months of validity and one blank page for entry stamp

Round Trip ticket and demonstration of the sufficient funds for the stay

UgandaVisa on Arrival at the International Airport in Entebbe

Visa Fee – $100

If you will also visit Kenya or Rwanda, you can get an East Africa Tourist Visa valid for all three countries from the Embassy of Uganda:

Visa Fees for Single Entry – $50

Visa Fees for Multiple-entry – $100

Up to 3 monthsUS passport with 6 months of validity and one blank page for entry stamp

Original International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever

Proof of polio vaccination for children younger than 5 years

United Arab EmiratesVisa on Arrival

Visa charges are free

Up to 30 daysUS passport with 6 months of validity and one blank page for entry stamp
United KingdomVisa not requiredUp to 90 daysUS passports valid for the intended period of stay in the country

US passport with one blank page for entry stamp

VietnamVisa required (sticker and “loose leaf” visa)Up to 90 daysUS passport with 6 months of validity and at least one blank page for entry stamp
ZambiaSingle entry visa on arrival

Visa Fee – $50

Visa Fee for one day – $20

Up to 30 daysUS passport with 6 months of validity and 2 blank page for entry stamp
ZimbabweVisa on arrival (only for tourists) at the airports in Harare as well as at select other ports of entry to Zimbabwe

Single Entry Visa Fee – $30

Up to 30 daysValid US Passport

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