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Traveling abroad comes with a whole number of pre-trip steps: there are vaccines to consider, passports to check, and visas to organize – and that’s just to get started! Fortunately, the US holds one of the world’s strongest passports with over 150 countries open to visit without a visa. We’ve run through the visa requirements for countries across the world, including those you can visit visa free!

US passport holders can travel to 174 countries without the need for a visa, making it one of the world’s strongest passports in terms of visa-free travel. That means no need to organize your visa in advance: simply search and compare your cheap flights, hop on the plane, and go! A number of these countries will require a visa on arrival; in this case, you may need to pay a small fee when you arrive at your destination.


Where can I travel without a visa?

174 countries are open to US passport holders to visit, visa free or with a visa on arrival. These include:

No Visa Needed:

> European countries within the Schengen area allow U.S. passport holders to visit without a visa, for up to 3 months at a time

> Canada

> A number of South American countries, including Costa Rica, Colombia and Argentina

> South East Asian countries including Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia

> Scandinavia (Norway, Denmark, Sweden)

> South Africa

Visa On Arrival:

> South American countries including Bolivia and Paraguay

> A number of countries in Africa, including Egypt and Madagascar

> Asian nations including Cambodia and Laos

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Where can I travel with an eVisa?

An eVisa, or ‘electronic visa’, is a visa you can apply for online (which makes things a little more convenient!). If a country requires you to have an eVisa, you’ll need to organize this before you travel – but not too far in advance, as they do expire! Your eVisa will often be approved very quickly (in some cases, even immediately); you’ll need to print out the eVisa letter and take it with you when you travel to your destination.

Countries requiring an eVisa include:

> Australia

> India

> Vietnam

> Turkey

> Kenya

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Which countries require a visa to enter?

In those countries where a visa is required for entry, our advice is to plan ahead. You can obtain a visa from the consulate or embassy of the country you’re planning to visit, or online through a visa agency; you’ll need a passport with at least 6 months remaining before the expiration date, and the relevant fee.

Countries requiring a visa in advance include:

> Russia

> China

> Brazil

> Cuba

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Tips and Advice:

> Visa free travel refers to a tourist visa, and comes with a time limit. This is usually 90 days (plenty of time to explore!) but it’s worth checking before you go.

> When traveling abroad, you’ll still need to take your passport with you

> Ensure your passport has at least 6 months left before its expiry date

> Be aware of different ways of writing the date, so you don’t get confused with the one written on your visa! In Europe, for example, dates are written date/month/year.

Not sure if you need a visa for your chosen destination? Double check with their embassy in the US before you travel.

If you’re planning on taking a multi-country trip, check which visas you’ll need before you go. Plan your budget to include any necessary fees, and – if possible – obtain all required visas before departure.

Don’t have a passport? Not a problem! Check out these great destinations to visit totally passport free.

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