Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program is a program the US has set up that allows most citizens from certain countries to travel to the US for tourism or business up to 90 days without the need for a visa.

To travel on Visa Waiver, each traveler must have Travel Authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound flight. This is something you can do online at the travel.state.gov website. It will determine your eligibility to travel to the US without a visa.

Keep in mind to travel via Visa Waiver, the reason for your travel must be permitted on a visitor (B1B2 Visa). This is not meant to come to the US with the intent to immigrate, or stay here. It’s purely for short term travel for tourism or business.

Countries in the visa waiver program as of April 16, 2018 are listed below.  Citizens from any other country (except Canada and Mexico for which there are special programs), must obtain a visa before entering the United States.

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

This is the list as of 2018, but it could change. For the latest list, go to travel.state.gov.

For full details about the Visa Waiver Program from the State Department go here.



Disclaimer: The information herein is not intended as legal advice and is provided for general information only.Questions involving interpretation of specific U.S. laws should be addressed to an attorney and/or government officials.

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