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Visa Free Countries for American Passport Holders

Visa requirements for United States passport holders vary depending on the country of destination. Some countries require a visa upon arrival or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). Others, however, offer visa-free travel. Learn about the visa-free countries for US passport holders in 2024, which countries issue e-visas, and more

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As of 2024, US passport holders can travel visa-free or visa-facilitated to 191 countries and territories.

Certain countries will require a visa on arrival, while others may require an electronic travel authorization or electronic visa. Many countries may also require a passport that is valid for a certain period of time after your arrival.

However, most of these countries (namely 148 territories) are completely visa-free, where US citizens can travel at any time without meeting any visa requirements.

We will talk about visa rules for US citizens in 2024 below.


Visa-free countries for US passport holders


As of January 2024, US passport holders can travel visa-free to 148 countries and territories:


Albania, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Caribbean Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Brunei, Bulgaria, Virgin Islands, Armenia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, North Macedonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos Islands, Turkey, US Virgin Islands, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican, Zambia, Eswatini.


- For visa-free travel, a tourist must have a foreign passport, which, as a rule, must be valid for 6 months after the date of entry. You also need to additionally purchase a health insurance policy in accordance with the requirements of the country of destination.


List of countries that issue electronic visas to US citizens


US passport holders can apply for an electronic visa for travel to the following 20 countries:


Azerbaijan, Benin, Bhutan, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.


- The procedure for issuing an electronic visa is similar to the process of obtaining a regular visa, the only exception is that the applicant does not need to visit the visa center. Documents are submitted online, and the visa fee is also paid.

Once your application is approved, you will receive an email confirming your visa status along with a document that you must print and bring with you to the border crossing.


Countries that issue visas on arrival to US citizens


US citizens can obtain a visa on arrival in the following 35 countries:


Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Comoros, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritania, Nepal, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Saint Helena, Tanzania, The Gambia, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Zimbabwe.


- You can get a visa at the airport of the country of arrival. Usually, there is a separate department for this, where you can apply for a permit.


Countries to which US citizens need a visa to travel


US citizens must have a visa to travel to the following 22 countries:


Afghanistan, Algeria, Belarus, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Republic of Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Ghana, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Nauru, Niger, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Venezuela, Yemen.

If you are interested in moving to another country, you can learn more about the entry rules, required documents, and current restrictions here. Select your citizenship and country of arrival to get all the information you need in two clicks.





Visit World's editorial team recommends using the Travel Guide to any country in the world for a comfortable and safe trip. 

The Guide is a detailed written document that contains basic advice on obtaining a visa, crossing the border, getting a job, citizenship, and much more. For more details, please follow the link.




Products from Visit World for a comfortable trip:


Checklist for obtaining a visa and necessary documents in the United States;

Legal advice on business issues in the United States;

Travel insurance for foreigners in the United States;

Medical insurance around the world.




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