All visitors entering the United States must have a valid passport. Your signed passport must be valid and contain sufficient blank pages for any visa stamps. The passport expiration date must be greater than six months from the date of entry for the visa for which you are applying.
Before traveling to the United States, a citizen of a foreign country must generally obtain a nonimmigrant visa for a temporary stay. The type of visa needed is based on the purpose of travel.
To learn more, review the U.S. Department of State website, which includes information about visas for foreign citizens traveling to the United States. In addition, there is detailed information regarding specific visa classifications and application procedures. To locate a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your region, please consult the directory.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Nationals of VWP countries must meet eligibility requirements to travel without a visa, therefore, some travelers from VWP countries may not be eligible to use the program. VWP travelers are required to have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel. ESTA applications can be completed free of charge online.
Currently, 38 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program, as shown below:
Republic of Malta