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Travel Visa

When it comes to visiting a foreign country as an American, there are a large number of countries citizens may visit without a travel visa. Even so, various types of visas are in place for citizens who wish to work, live or study in a foreign country. To avoid trouble – like deportation – review the travel visa information below. 

What is a travel visa?

A travel visa is authorized consent from a government body which allows travelers that are not citizens to enter a foreign country. Often coming in the form of a stamp in one’s passport book, visas can also be separate paper documents which are then stapled into an American passport. When visas were first issued, they were provided at a port-of-entry. Now, due to added security measures and an increased number of travelers, visas often need to be applied for in advance.

Travel Visa Requirements for Americans

Getting a visa is an elemental factor of international travel. First, determine whether or not the country you are visiting requires Americans to apply for traveling visas. If so, visit a travel visa service, embassy or consulate far in advance of your trip. 

Traveling Visa Free Countries

The list below shows which countries do not require Americans to get a traveling visa:

Albania

Andorra

Antiqua and Barbuda

Armenia

Austria

Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium

Belize

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brunei

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Croatia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominica

Equatorial Guinea

El Salvador

Estonia

Finland

France

French Guiana

Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guatemala

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Iceland

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kiribati

Kyrgyzstan

Latvia

Lesotho

Lesotho

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macedonia

Malawi

Malaysia

Malta

Mauritius

Mexico

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Norway

Panama

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Rwanda

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

San Marino

Senegal

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom and some territories

Uruguay

Vanuatu

Vatican

Venezuela

Western Sahara City

Where do I need a visa to travel?

Although there are more than 100 foreign countries that allow Americans to tour their lands without traveling visas, there are many places which do make it a necessity to apply for visas in advance.

Have you been wondering, do I need a travel visa? If so, review the list of countries that require visas from Americans:

Afghanistan

Algeria

Angola

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Benin

Bhutan

Brazil

Burundi

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Republic of the Congo

Cuba

Eritrea

Gabon

Ghana

Guinea

Iran

Iraq

North Korea

Liberia

Libya

Mali

Mozambique

Namibia

Nauru

Niger

Nigeria

Pakistan

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone

South Sudan

Sudan

Syria

Turkmenistan

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

How to Get a Travel Visa

The US government cannot assist you in getting a visa to another country. To learn the specifications of applying for travel visas, start at the embassy website of the foreign country. You will be guided through how to obtain a travel visa, and learn about any vaccinations you may need as well. But, in general, you should be mindful of a few guidelines to help you along the way.

To begin with, the first step you should take to getting a visa is to contact the embassy of the country you wish to visit. Avoid long wait times in person by combing through their website and gathering information about documents you may have to bring. You will also need to fill out a travel visa information form, which can often be found on the website itself. This form will ask you to enter personal information about yourself – such as your date of birth, full name, passport number, traveling dates, reason for travel, etc.

Aside from the traveling visa application, you will most likely need to submit your passport, along with a photo and application fee. Part of the process may also require you to attend a travel visa interview, where it will be determined whether or not you are qualified to receive a visa. Some general questions you may be asked during your sit-down with a representative include the following:

The time it takes to be issued your travel visa varies; some countries may grant you one upon your appointment at the embassy, whereas others may require you to return a few weeks after your initial visit to pick it up.

Should you be eligible to receive a traveling visa, it will contain both its issuance and expiration dates. Depending on the country you wish to travel to, your travel visa may be valid for up to 10 years. Thereafter, you will need to complete the process again (including a new interview).

But, as it pertains to the length of your visit, you may only be allowed to stay in the country for a maximum of six months. Keep in mind that rules and regulations are subject to change, according to the laws of the country you’re going to, so it’s crucial that you contact the embassy for any clarification.