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Passports and Visas

PASSPORTS

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 you are applying for.
VISAS

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.

The Visa section about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States can be found here

For detailed information, including visa types and processing, please click here.

A worldwide U.S. Embassy and Consulate Web Site Directory by country are listed here


VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 36 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 online at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/

Currently, 38 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program, as shown below:

Andorra
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brunei
Chile
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Latvia   
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Monaco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Republic of Malta
San Marino
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan[1]
United Kingdom

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