Do I Need a Visa? 100+ Countries with Tourist Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens

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U.S. citizens are in luck! The U.S. passport is ranked the 11th most powerful in the world, giving visa-free access to 186 countries as of 2018.

Sure, it’s slipped a bit in the last couple of years — but it’s still one of the best passports you can have.

Regardless of whether a country has visa-free access, there are still requirements that need to be met if you’re going to travel abroad. We recommend that you confirm with the relevant embassy before making any travel plans.

Although each country has different requirements, here are some general rules:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure date from the country you’re traveling to. Don’t leave it too late to renew your passport.
  • Consider a new passport when you have accumulated a lot of stamps. Although most countries only require 1 blank page, many require 2 blank pages (and some even need 3).
  • You may be asked for proof of onward travel, which is not a problem if you have a return ticket. If you plan on country-hopping, you’ll need to have proof of your travel plans. You may be refused boarding to your planned destination if you cannot satisfy immigration that you plan on leaving their country. If you’re not sure when you plan on leaving, you can buy an onward flight that is refundable and re-book later.
  • Some countries require that you have adequate medical insurance to cover your stay. Regardless of whether it is mandatory, we highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Check out our guide to travel insurance to find the best one for you.
  • It is rare, but you may be asked for proof of funds and will need to satisfy immigration that you can support your travels. This can catch you off guard, and trying to log in to your internet bank on airport Wi-Fi can be a bit frantic. To be prepared, make sure you have a copy of a bank statement or a screenshot on your phone.

Below we have listed the specific visa requirements for over 100 of the most popular countries. Note that these details relate to tourist travel only.

In addition to these requirements, you also must be in possession of a full valid passport (rather than an emergency passport or U.S. passport card). Unless otherwise stated, tourist visa prices and departure taxes are in USD.

Before we begin, don’t forget to also check for vaccinations that you may need before setting off as there are many countries that require one.

Tourist Visa Requirements For Popular Countries in Africa

Below, we have listed information on whether you need a visa when traveling to these popular African countries as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Africa is a mixed bag when it comes to tourist visa requirements, with half of the big safari destinations requiring visas and the others not. Be sure to apply in advance where possible to avoid any panic or stress at the airport.

Algeria Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($160)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You will need a visa in advance unless you are part of an organized excursion from a cruise ship, in which case you can obtain a visa on arrival.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have 1 page clear for stamps. You may experience some difficulties if you have an Israeli stamp.
  • You can apply for a visa in person or via mail at the embassy in Washington, D.C. if you are there (or nearby in North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia). If you are based anywhere else, you will need to apply at the consulate in New York.
  • Visa applications take at least a week, and you will be required to submit 2 forms, 2 passport photos, and proof of travel. You may also need to provide evidence of travel insurance.
  • More information can be found on the Algerian Embassy website.

Botswana Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months, and you can stay in Botswana for 90 days within a 12-month period without a visa.
  • Yellow fever vaccinations are not required to enter Botswana.
  • More information can be found here.

Côte d’Ivoire Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($150)

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months and has 1 blank page.
  • You can apply for a visa in advance at the embassy in Washington, D.C. or apply for an e-visa at the airport (but this must be requested in advance).
  • Applications take 2-3 days for your passport to be returned to you, and you will need to submit 2 application forms, 2 passport photos, proof of air travel, and a hotel reservation.
  • A copy of your yellow fever vaccination certificate will be required for travel.
  • More information on applying for a visa can be found on the embassy website.

Egypt Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($25)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months and must have 1 blank page.
  • You can apply for an e-visa prior to travel and are advised to do so at least 7 days before departure.
  • Single-entry visas cost $25, or you can pay $60 for a multiple-entry visa.
  • You will need to have a print-out of your e-visa and travel itinerary.
  • Tourists entering Egypt via the Taba border from Israel may get a 14-day no-fee visa for travel in the Sinai Peninsula, or get the 30-day visa as above for wider travel within Egypt.

Kenya Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($51)

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months and has 2 blank pages.
  • Single-entry visas are currently available at the airport, but be aware there are plans to phase this out in favor of their e-visa system.
  • An e-visa takes 2 business days to process, and you will need to take a print-out with you when you travel to Kenya.
  • Your e-visa allows a stay of up to 90 days in Kenya, which can be extended for a further 90 days at immigration headquarters in Nairobi for a maximum stay of 6 months.

Lesotho Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months (6 months to be safe) and have 1 blank page.
  • Tourists can stay for 30 days and can extend for an additional 30 days — 5 extensions are permitted for a total stay of 180 days.
  • More information can be found here.

Mauritius Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 60 days

  • You will need a valid passport with 1 blank page.
  • You will need to provide proof of onward or return travel. You may also be asked to provide proof of sufficient funds (at least $100 per night for the duration of your stay).
  • See the Embassy of Mauritius website for up-to-date information.

Morocco Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You’ll need a passport valid for 6 months with 1 blank page.
  • Ensure that your passport is stamped when entering Morocco and that it isn’t damaged, as this may cause issues on departure.
  • It is forbidden to export Moroccan currency.
  • For more information see the Moroccan Embassy website.

Mozambique Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($160)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You will need a passport valid for 6 months with at least 3 blank pages for a visa and stamps.
  • Visas are available on arrival, but it has been reported that some may experience issues. It’s best to apply beforehand at the embassy in Washington, D.C. or the consulate in New York.
  • Visa applications take 3 days. You will be required to provide a completed visa application form, 2 passport photos, a passport photocopy, proof of return travel, and a hotel reservation. Same-day applications cost an additional $80.

Namibia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You’ll need a passport valid at least 6 months with at least 6 blank pages.
  • Immigration officials in Namibia have been known to give shorter stays, so check your entry stamp and the validity of your stay to be safe.
  • See more details at the Embassy of Namibia online.

Nigeria Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($180)

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months.
  • Nigeria does have a visa-on-arrival program, but tourists will not be eligible.
  • You will need to complete a visa application form and have confirmation of the online payment. In addition to the visa fee of $180, there is a charge of $20 with each application, and you will need the receipt.
  • You’ll also need a letter of invitation from a host willing to accept responsibility for you and a copy of their passport.
  • A copy of your return flights and hotel reservation is required.
  • You must provide proof that you have had polio and yellow fever vaccinations.
  • All of the above must be taken to an interview at the embassy in Washington, D.C. or the consulate in Atlanta.
  • More information can be found on the Nigerian Embassy website.

Senegal Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Senegal introduced visa exemptions for U.S. citizens in 2015.
  • Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months and have 1 blank page.
  • Yellow fever vaccinations are not a requirement but are recommended.
  • Visit the Embassy of Senegal online for more details.

South Africa Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after your return date and have 2 consecutive blank pages.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate is not required unless you have passed through a yellow fever country in the last 10 days.
  • If you want to extend your stay past 90 days, you will need to apply for a temporary residence visa rather than another tourist visa.
  • The Department of Home Affairs for South Africa has more information.

Tanzania Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($100)

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months that has 1 blank page.
  • The multiple-entry visa is valid for 90 days. Applications take 10 days and require a completed form, 2 passport photos, and your flight itinerary.
  • Appointments are not required at the embassy in Washington, D.C. The embassy has expedited visa application services such as 3-day, next-day, and same-day for additional fees.
  • Note that volunteering is prohibited on a tourist visa even if you have paid for the opportunity.
  • Visit the Embassy of Tanzania website for more information.

Tunisia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months and 1 blank page for stamps.
  • U.S. citizens with Arabic names or those who were born in the Middle East may experience delays when arriving in Tunisia.
  • Import and export of Tunisian currency is prohibited, and you must declare currency above approximately $3,500.

Uganda Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($50)

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months with 1 blank page for stamps.
  • Visas are not available on arrival; you will need to apply for an e-visa at least 2 weeks before your arrival.
  • To apply, you’ll need a copy of your passport, a passport-sized photo, and a copy of your yellow fever vaccination certificate.
  • If you are traveling around, it may be less time-consuming and more cost-effective to get an East Africa Tourist visa for $100, which gives you 90 days of multiple-entry access to Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda.

Zimbabwe Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($30)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You will need a passport with at least 6 months of validity and 2 blank pages.
  • Tourist visas cannot be acquired through the embassy in Washington, D.C., but you can apply online through the Zimbabwe eVisa website.
  • In addition to the 30-day single-entry visa, there is also an option for a 45-day single-entry visa that costs $45.
  • Due to the cash liquidity crisis in Zimbabwe, it is highly recommended that you bring sufficient cash for your travels and prepay expenses such as hotels where possible.

Tourist Visa Requirements for Popular Countries in the Americas

Below you’ll find information on whether you need a visa when traveling to these popular countries in the Americas as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

The Americas are a great place for U.S. travelers, as very few countries in Central and South America require visas. Quite a few have departure taxes that should be included in your flight price, but it’s best to check with your airline.

Argentina Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You will need a valid passport with at least 1 blank page.
  • Traveling on an expired or damaged passport will result in you being sent back at your own expense.

The Bahamas Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days in the Bahamas, but you will need a valid passport with at least 1 blank page.
  • Proof of onward travel may be requested.
  • More information can be found on the Bahamas Immigration website.

Brazil Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($40)

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You will need a passport valid for at least 1 month and must have 1 blank page in your passport for stamps.
  • Brazil has consulates all over the U.S., but it is easier to apply for an eVisa. In addition to paying the $40 visa fee and the $4.24 service fee, you need to upload a passport photo and a copy of your passport.
  • An eVisa application takes 5 business days.

Canada Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 180 days

  • You will need a valid passport with at least 1 blank page. If transiting Canada on your way to Europe, your passport should be valid for at least 3 months (though it’s best to have at least 6 months to be safe).
  • Individuals with criminal records (including alcohol-related driving offenses) may experience difficulties entering Canada without obtaining approval of rehabilitation first. At least 5 years will need to have elapsed since your sentence (not your conviction), and you will need to complete an application in advance and pay either $200 or $1,000 depending on the criminal offense.
  • More information can be found on Canada’s Immigration website.

Chile Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for the duration of your trip and have at least 1 blank page.
  • Upon arrival you will be given a Tourist Card that allows 90 days in Chile. This can be extended for a further 90 days for $100 at the Chilean Immigration Office. Make sure you keep the Tourist Card safe, as losing this may cause issues when leaving Chile.

Colombia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for the duration of your visit and have at least 1 blank page.
  • You can stay in Colombia for 90 days and request an extension for up to 90 days from the Colombian immigration authority.
  • If you are traveling from Brazil, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, or Uganda, you will be required to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate from at least 10 days before.

Costa Rica Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days, but your passport will need to be valid at the time of entering Costa Rica and have 1 blank page.
  • You will need to have proof of onward travel and may be asked for proof of funds of more than $100 per day for the duration of your trip.
  • There is an exit tax of $29, but this may be included in your airline ticket. You will need to check the terms with your airline.
  • The currency restrictions for entry and exit is $10,000.
  • Check with the Costa Rican Immigration Agency for more information.

Cuba Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($50)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Travel to Cuba for tourism purposes is currently prohibited.
  • It is possible to obtain a license to travel to Cuba from the U.S. under specific circumstances. There are 12 categories that include reasons such as humanitarian projects, family visits, educational activities, and journalism.
  • U.S. citizens will require a Tourist Card rather than a tourist visa, but the term is used interchangeably. To apply, your passport must be valid and have 2 blank pages.
  • The process and cost for applying for a Tourist Card can vary from airline to airline, so it’s best to check before purchasing a plane ticket.
  • U.S. credit and debit cards generally do not work in Cuba, and it is advised that you bring enough cash for your trip. Amounts over $5,000 must be declared.
  • For more details see the Cuban Embassy website.

Dominican Republic Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • As a tourist, a visa is not required for stays less than 30 days, but you will be required to purchase a tourist card.
  • A tourist card can be purchased online or obtained on arrival and costs $10.
  • Your passport must be valid and have at least 1 blank page.
  • Visit the Dominican Republic Embassy online for more details.

Ecuador Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months and have at least 1 blank page.
  • No tourist visa is required for stays under 90 days in a 12-month period.
  • Anything over $1,098 taken out of the country will be subject to a 5% tax.
  • More information can be found here.

El Salvador Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid and have at least 1 blank page.
  • No visa is required, but you will need to pay $10 on arrival for a tourist card that allows you to stay for 90 days. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a multi-entry visa at the embassy in Washington or one of the 17 Salvadoran consulates in the United States.
  • Under the CA-4 agreement, U.S. citizens can freely move between El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua for a period of 90 days and can apply for a 1-time extension in the country they are currently in.
  • See the Embassy of El Salvador website for more information.

Guatemala Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months that has 1 blank page.
  • Under the CA-4 agreement, U.S. citizens can move freely between El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua for a period of 90 days and can apply for a 1-time extension in the country they are currently in.
  • More visa and travel information can be found here.

Jamaica Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid at the time of entry and exit from Jamaica, and you need at least 1 blank page.
  • Your departure tax should be included in the price of your flight or cruise ticket, but it is best to check.
  • For more information see the Embassy of Jamaica website.

Mexico Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 180 days

  • You will need a valid passport to travel to Mexico for up to 180 days; those traveling with a U.S. passport card may be denied entry.
  • You will need 1 blank page in your passport.
  • The Embassy of Mexico website has more information.

Nicaragua Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for the length of your stay in Nicaragua and have at least 1 blank page.
  • No visa is required, but you will need to purchase a tourist card at the airport, which costs $10.
  • Under the CA-4 agreement, U.S. citizens can travel freely between El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua for 90 days and apply for a 1-time extension in the country they are currently in.
  • You may be asked for proof of funds and proof of onward travel.
  • There is a $42 departure tax, but this should be included in your airline ticket.
  • More information can be found on the Nicaraguan Immigration Website.

Panama Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 180 days

  • Your passport will need to be valid for at least 3 months past the date of entry and have 1 blank page.
  • You will need proof of onward or return travel and may be asked to prove that you have at least $500 either in cash or a bank statement.
  • Visit the Embassy of Panama online for more information.

Paraguay Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($160)

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months with 1 blank page.
  • A visa on arrival is only available to U.S. citizens traveling by air into Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asunción. The fee of $160 must be paid in cash with clean, unmarked bills.
  • Traveling to Paraguay through other points of entry will require a visa application at an embassy or consulate.
  • The visa is a multi-entry visa that lasts for 10 years.
  • There is a $40 departure tax, but this should be included in your airfare. Please check with your airline.
  • Visit the Embassy of Paraguay website for more information.

Peru Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 183 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and have 1 blank page.
  • No visa is required for entry into Peru, but you will be given an approved length of stay at point of entry. Although the maximum stay permitted is 183 days, it can vary between 30-183 days (90 days is the norm). Speak to border officials at entry and ensure you adhere to the exit date given.
  • For more information, see the Embassy of Peru website.

Puerto Rico Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

  • As a U.S. territory, U.S. citizens do not need a visa or passport to visit Puerto Rico.
  • You only need one form of government-issued photo ID, such as a drivers license. Although not necessary, it is still recommended that you take your passport.

Uruguay Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid on entry and have 1 blank page.
  • On departure there is a $44 airport tax, which is usually included in your airfare.
  • For more information see the Embassy of Uruguay website.

Tourist Visa Requirements For Popular Countries in Asia-Pacific

Below you’ll find information on whether you need a visa when traveling to these popular countries in Asia and the Pacific as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Countries in this part of the world have a mix of visa requirements, but thankfully many are visa-free or have simple e-visa systems. It is still best to check for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements to avoid any travel stress.

Australia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($15)

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • A visa (ETA) is required, which can be applied for online at the Electronic Travel Authority website.
  • An ETA allows you to visit Australia as a tourist for a maximum of 90 days each visit. The ETA also allows you to enter as many times as you need within a 12-month period (or the expiration of your passport if it happens before the 12 months).
  • The ETA fee is $20 AUD, which is approximately $15 USD.
  • You may be asked to provide proof of funds and evidence of return travel.

China Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($140)

Stay permitted: 30 days (may vary)

  • You will need a passport valid for at least 12 months with 2 blank pages.
  • As a tourist, you will be required to apply for an L category visa, and you may be entitled to a 10-year multi-entry visa. Other options include single-entry and multiple-entry over 6- and 12-months, and all cost $140. There is no option to get a visa on arrival.
  • You can use this map to determine where to apply for a visa. Applications usually take 4 business days. There is no option to mail in applications, but appointments at the embassy or consulate are not required.
  • You may be asked to provide a travel itinerary showing return travel plans and hotel reservations.
  • For more information, see the Chinese Embassy website.

Hong Kong SAR, China Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 1 month after your intended stay and have 1 blank page.
  • It is possible to extend your stay for longer than 90 days.
  • For more information see the Immigration Department for Hong Kong.

India Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($100)

Stay permitted: 60 days

  • Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in India and have 2 blank pages.
  • You will need to have proof of onward or return travel and may need to show proof of funds to support your travels.
  • You can apply for a 60-day visa online using the Indian e-Visa system, which allows double access for that period. This must be done at least 4 days prior to travel. The $100 visa fee is subject to a 2.5% bank charge.
  • You can apply for an e-Visa 3 times in a calendar year.
  • Travelers should note that Indian visa requirements can change without notice, and they are not always well publicized.
  • U.S. citizens of Pakistani descent can expect additional delays of considerable length and should apply for a visa well in advance.

Indonesia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You will need a passport valid for 6 months beyond your arrival date that has at least 2 blank pages.
  • As a U.S. citizen, there are 2 options available. The first is a no-fee visa exemption that allows 30 days of tourist travel in Indonesia, but no extension is available. Alternatively, you can get a visa on arrival that costs $35 for 30 days of travel, but this visa can be extended another 30 days for $35.
  • For more details see the Indonesian Immigration website.

Japan Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay and have 1 blank page.
  • U.S. citizens are visa-exempt, and there are no fees. Multiple entry 1- to 5-year visas are also available and cost $54.
  • The Embassy of Japan website has more information on travel and visas in Japan.

Kazakhstan Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport will need to be valid for 3 months from time of entry and have 1 blank page.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 30 days.
  • See the Kazakhstan Embassy website for more information.

Kyrgyzstan Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 60 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and have 1 blank page.
  • A stay of up to 60 days is permitted visa-free, but stays longer than 60 days will require a visa application at the Kyrgyzstan Embassy.

Lao PDR Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($50)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and have 2 blank pages.
  • You can get a visa on arrival at all international airports and will need to fill out a visa form, have 2 passport photos, and the pay visa fee in cash (payable in USD).
  • You can extend your 30-day visa to 90 days by visiting the Department of Immigration in Vientiane.

Macao SAR, China Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 1 month after your intended stay and have 1 blank page.
  • It is possible to extend your stay for longer than 90 days.
  • For more information see here.

Malaysia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your date of arrival and have at least 1 blank page.
  • A visa is not required for U.S. citizens, and you will be granted a Short Term Social Visit Pass. Tourists can apply for a 60-day extension at the Malaysian Immigration Department.
  • For more information visit the Embassy of Malaysia.

Myanmar (Burma) Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($50)

Stay permitted: 28 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your date of arrival and have at least 1 blank page.
  • You will need to apply for a visa prior to travel; this can be done online by getting an eVisa.
  • For your eVisa application, you will need to upload a copy of your passport and a color passport photo. The $50 fee can be paid by credit card, and applications normally take 3 business days.

New Zealand Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months past your date of arrival and have at least 1 blank page.
  • As part of the visa waiver program, you are entitled to a 3-month stay in New Zealand. You may be asked on entry to provide passwords to electronic devices by a border officer. Failure to comply can lead to a fine.
  • New Zealand has very strict biosecurity, and you should declare (or think twice about carrying)  items such as honey, fruit, seeds, or plants.
  • For more information see the New Zealand Embassy website.

Philippines Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You will be given a free 30-day entry visa on arrival provided you have a valid passport, space for an entry stamp, and proof of onward or return travel.
  • Extensions to the 30-day visa can be applied for at the Bureau of Immigration.

Singapore Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from when you leave Singapore and have 2 blank pages.
  • For more information see the Singapore Embassy website.

South Korea Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • For a visa-free stay of 90 days, your passport must be valid at time of entry and have 1 blank page.
  • For more information see the Embassy of Korea website.

Sri Lanka Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($35)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your date of departure and have at least 1 blank page.
  • You will need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority, have proof of onward travel, and may be asked for proof of funds. You can get a 30-day double-entry ETA at your port of entry, but it is highly recommended that you do it online beforehand.
  • The 30-day ETA may be extended up to 6 months via the Department of Immigration.

Thailand Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your date of arrival and have at least 1 blank page.
  • You may be asked for proof of onward or return travel.
  • Visa requirements have been known to change without notice, so it’s best to check with the Thai Embassy for the latest information.

Uzbekistan Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($20)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport must be valid from the time of entry and have 1 blank page.
  • U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for an E-visa, which takes 2 business days to process (not including the day that you apply).
  • You should note that immigration laws and regulations for Uzbekistan are known to be enforced at the discretion of border control officers. While the information provided above and from the Uzbek government may be correct, the situation on arrival may be different.
  • Uzbekistan has recently implemented a 5-day free-transit visa that is free for U.S. citizens. You should have an onward confirmed flight ticket for your next destination.

Vietnam Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($25)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You must have at least 6 months validity left on your passport and 1 blank page.
  • You can apply for a single-entry 30-day visa online via Vietnam’s E-visa system. Applications take 3 business days to process. You should take a print-out of your approved E-visa with you when you travel.
  • For more information, see the Vietnam Embassy website.

Tourist Visa Requirements for Popular Countries in Europe

Below is information on whether you need a visa when traveling to these popular European countries as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Europe is one of the easiest continents for U.S. citizens to travel to, predominantly because of The Schengen Agreement, which includes 26 countries that have abolished their internal borders to facilitate free movement.

This allows U.S. citizens 90 days of visa-free travel within those 26 countries during a 180-day period. Most EU countries are party to the agreement, but some are not (such as the UK and Ireland) — and some non-EU countries are (such as Norway and Iceland). See below for more information on each country.

Albania Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 365 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your visit and have 1 blank page.
  • U.S. citizens can stay for up to 1 year without a visa or residence permit.
  • You may be asked for confirmation of accommodation, a return ticket, and proof of the financial means to support yourself (currently set 30 euros per day).
  • For more information, see the Albanian Embassy website.

Andorra Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Andorra is landlocked and does not have an airport, so access must be through either France or Spain.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days — but check the visa requirements for France or Spain, as you will be passing through one of them first.
  • Your passport must be valid for 6 months.
  • For more information see the Embassy of Andorra website.

Austria Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 1 blank page.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
  • Austria is part of the Schengen Agreement; more information on travel in Europe can be found here.
  • Longer stays will require a visa, and more information can be found on the Austrian Embassy website.

Azerbaijan Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($20)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have 1 blank page.
  • An E-visa is available prior to travel and takes 3 business days to process.
  • The embassy website states that a 30-day visa is available on arrival for $20, but we still recommend applying for an E-visa before you travel to be safe.

Belgium Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days within a 6-month period.
  • Belgium is part of the Schengen Agreement; find more information on travel in Europe here.
  • See the Belgium Embassy website for more details.

Bulgaria Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your planned departure and have 1 blank page.
  • You can stay visa-free for up to 90 days within a 6-month period.
  • You may be asked to provide proof of medical insurance on entry.
  • See the Bulgarian Embassy website for more details.

Croatia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your planned departure and have 1 blank page.
  • You can stay visa-free for up to 90 days within a 6-month period.
  • Please see the Croatian Embassy website for more details.

Cyprus Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • You may be asked for proof of return travel and proof of funds.
  • For more information see the Cyprus Embassy website.

Czech Republic Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
  • You may be asked to provide proof of sufficient funds to support your visit.
  • The Czech Republic is part of the Schengen Agreement; learn more about travel in Europe here.
  • See the Czech Republic Embassy website for more information.

Denmark Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Denmark is part of the Schengen Agreement.
  • The Danish Embassy website has more information on visa requirements.

Estonia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Estonia is part of the Schengen Agreement; find more information on European travel here.
  • See the Estonian Embassy website for more information.

Finland Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Finland is part of the Schengen Agreement, and more information on travel in Europe can be found here.
  • See the Finnish Embassy website for more details.

France Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • You may be asked to show proof of funds and a return travel ticket.
  • France is part of the Schengen Agreement, and travelers can find more information here.
  • See the French Embassy website for more details.

Georgia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 365 days

  • You must have a valid passport that has 1 blank page.
  • U.S. citizens can stay in Georgia without a visa for 365 days.
  • The Embassy of Georgia website has more information.

Germany Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Germany is part of the Schengen Agreement; see this website for more information on travel in Europe.
  • More information can be found on the German Embassy website.

Greece Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • You may be asked for proof of funds and a return travel ticket.
  • Greece is part of the Schengen Agreement; find more information on travel in Europe here.
  • See the Embassy of Greece website for more visa information.

Hungary Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Hungary is part of the Schengen Agreement; more information on travel in Europe can be found here.
  • See the Hungarian Embassy website for more details.

Iceland Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Iceland is part of the Schengen Agreement; find more information on European travel in here.
  • See the Icelandic Immigration website for more information.

Ireland Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay and have 1 blank page.
  • It has been reported that many U.S. tourists are being refused entry to Ireland for being unable to demonstrate the purpose of their trip. It is advised that you have proof of sufficient funds to support your trip, hotel reservations, and proof of onward travel.
  • See the Embassy of Ireland website for more visa details.

Italy Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Italy is part of the Schengen Agreement, and more information on travel in Europe can be found here.
  • The Embassy of Italy website has more information.

Latvia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Latvia is part of the Schengen Agreement; more information on travel in Europe can be found here.
  • See the Latvian Embassy website for more information.

Lithuania Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Lithuania is part of the Schengen Agreement; you can find more information on travel in Europe here.
  • See the Embassy of Lithuania website for more details.

Malta Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Malta is part of the Schengen Agreement; visitors can find more information on European travel here.
  • The Malta Embassy website has more visa information.

Montenegro Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay and have 1 blank page.
  • You must register within the first 24 hours of arrival. If you are staying at a hotel, they will register you automatically — otherwise it is your responsibility to visit a police station to register. Forms can be purchased from bookstores or downloaded online.
  • See the Embassy of Montenegro website for more information.

Netherlands Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Netherlands is part of the Schengen Agreement; more information on European travel can be found here.
  • See the Netherlands Embassy website for more information.

Norway Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Norway is part of the Schengen Agreement, and you can find more information on travel in Europe here.
  • The Norwegian Embassy website has more details.

Poland Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Poland is part of the Schengen Agreement; find more information on travel in Europe here.
  • The Embassy of Poland website has more visa details.

Portugal Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Portugal is part of the Schengen Agreement. More information on travel in Europe can be found here.
  • The Embassy of Portugal website has more details.

Romania Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your planned departure from Romania and have 1 blank page.
  • You are permitted a 90-day stay within a 180-day period. If you leave spending less than 90 days and return within the same 180-day period, your next length of stay will be the remaining days from your previous 90-day visit (it does not grant you another full 90 days).
  • For more information, visit the Romanian Embassy website.

Russia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($90)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your departure from Russia and have 2 blank pages.
  • There is no provision for a visa on arrival, and you must arrive and depart Russia on the exact dates provided on your visa.
  • You must start your application for a Russian visa online, but this is only the first step. You still need to print off this completed application and submit a physical copy to a consular department of the Russian Federation.
  • You can apply for a single-entry visa that is valid for 30 days. There is also an option for a 3-year visa that allows stays of up to 180 days, which costs $270.
  • Processing time is estimated to be 4-20 business days, so apply for a visa well in advance.
  • See the Russian Embassy for more information on visa requirements.

Slovakia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • You may be asked to provide proof of funds and a medical insurance policy.
  • If you do not stay in a hotel (which will register you automatically), it is your responsibility to register with local police within 3 working days of your arrival.
  • Slovakia is part of the Schengen Agreement; find more information here.
  • See the Slovakian Embassy website for more details.

Slovenia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Slovenia is part of the Schengen Agreement, and more information on travel in Europe can be found here.
  • For more information, see the Slovenian Embassy website.

Spain Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Spain is part of the Schengen Agreement; find more information here.
  • For more information see the Embassy of Spain website.

Sweden Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Sweden is part of the Schengen Agreement; more information on travel in Europe can be found here.
  • For more information, visit the Swedish Embassy online.

Switzerland Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure and have 2 blank pages.
  • No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.
  • Switzerland is part of the Schengen Agreement; find more information on travel in Europe here.
  • Visit the Embassy of Switzerland for more information.

Ukraine Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You must have a passport valid upon entry and exit that has at least 1 blank page.
  • A visa is not required for stays less than 90 days within a 180-day period.
  • You may be asked for proof of medical insurance and sufficient funds.
  • See the Embassy of Ukraine website for more information.

United Kingdom Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 180 days

  • Must be valid for the duration of your stay, and valid for a further 6 months if you plan to move on to another country. You will also need at least 1 blank page.
  • See the UK Visa and Immigration website for more information.

Tourist Visa Requirements for Popular Countries in the Middle East

Below you’ll find information on whether you need a visa when traveling to these popular Middle Eastern countries as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Some visa requirements and regulations for Middle Eastern countries such as Israel and Saudi Arabia are tricky, so it’s best to check the embassy websites for the most up-to-date information.

Bahrain Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($66)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months and have 1 blank page.
  • You can apply for a 30-day eVisa online prior to travel or get a 30-day visa on arrival. The visa costs 25 Bahrain Dinar (approximately $66 USD), and for online applications there is an additional 4 BD fee (approximately $10 USD).
  • For more information on visa requirements visit the Embassy of Bahrain.

Iran Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($80)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have 1 blank page.
  • Before considering any travel to Iran, read the travel advisory.
  • As there is no Iranian Embassy, you will need to apply for a visa through the Iranian interest section of the Pakistani Embassy. The process can take 4-6 weeks, but it is advised to allow 8 weeks to be safe.
  • Multiple sources state that you can only get authorization for a visa if applying through an organized tour.

Israel Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • It is recommended that you have at least 6 months validity left on your passport. Usually your passport will not be stamped, but you should still have at least 1 blank page.
  • Israel has a visa exemption policy in place for U.S. citizens and permits stays of up to 90 days.
  • There are some complex entry and exit criteria concerning Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. See the following guidance regarding travel in the region and the Israeli Embassy website for more information.

Jordan Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($67.50)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months that has 1 blank page.
  • Jordan issues visas on arrival for U.S citizens that permit a stay of 30 days. You can also apply for the visa beforehand, and it takes 5 business days. Double-entry and multi-entry visas are also available from the Embassy.
  • For more information see the Embassy of Jordan website.

Lebanon Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months from date of entry, have 1 blank page, and must not have any Israeli stamps or visas.
  • U.S. citizens can get a free 30-day visa on arrival, which can be extended to 3 months through the General Security office.
  • The Embassy of Lebanon has more information on visa requirements.

Oman Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($130)

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months that has 1 blank page.
  • You can apply for an E-visa in advance or get a visitor visa on arrival.
  • U.S. citizens are eligible for a 1-year multi-entry visa that allows stays up to 30 days at a time. There is also the option of a 2-year multi-entry visa that allows stays of 3 months at a time. Both of these visas costs 50 Omani Rials, which is approximately $130 USD.

Qatar Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months with 2 blank pages.
  • On arrival, U.S. citizens are entitled to visa-free entry for a period of 30 days, which can be extended for a further 30 days. The 3-day visa waiver entitles you to multiple entries during that period.
  • For more information see the Government of Qatar website.

Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months with 1 blank page.
  • Traveling to Saudi Arabia as a tourist has never been easy, but it might be getting easier. Earlier this year Saudi Arabia announced plans to selectively offer 30-day tourist visas, but details of this are still limited.
  • An alternative method of getting a tourist visa is to apply via a sporting event. For example, the Formula E event is being held in Saudi Arabia in December 2018, and ticket holders are eligible to apply for a 14-day tourist visa.
  • Find more details on the Saudi Embassy website.

Syria Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes

Stay permitted: n/a

  • A valid passport and visa are required to travel to Syria.
  • However, as of March 2014 Syria suspended its embassy and consular services, making obtaining a visa problematic.

Turkey Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: Yes ($20)

Stay permitted: 90 days

  • You will require a passport that is valid for 6 months beyond your date of entry and has 1 blank page.
  • You can apply for an e-Visa online that entitles you to a stay of 90 days within a 180-day period.
  • Applications should be made at least 48 hours prior to departure.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey on cruise ships are entitled to a visa-free stay of 72 hours.
  • For more information, see the Embassy of Turkey website.

United Arab Emirates and Dubai Tourist Visa Requirements

Visa required: No

Stay permitted: 30 days

  • You will require a passport that is valid for 6 months beyond your date of entry that has 1 blank page.
  • If you are exiting by land, you will need to pay a 35 UAE Dirhams departure fee (approximately $10 USD) in local currency only.
  • See the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates website for more information.

Final Thoughts

U.S. citizens are fortunate to have a passport that is widely accepted and grants visa-free access to many countries.

Always check with the embassy of your destination country for the latest visa requirements to avoid any disaster travel visa situations. Finally, check for any travel advisories before you make travel arrangements.

Amar Hussain

About Amar Hussain

Amar was born and raised in England, UK, embarked on an 11 country round the world gap year after graduation and then became well and truly hooked. The first gap year inspired a second which ended up being a 23 country down-the-world trip from Canada to Antarctica. Since then Amar has endeavored to turn his gap year into a ‘gap life’ and has spent the last 10 years traveling the 7 continents.

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