Visa Free Countries for US Citizen - Where Americans Can Travel Without a Visa!

Do you know that there are 183 visa free countries for US citizens?

US Passport Holders could travel to 183 countries and territories without a travel visa, or with a visa on arrival. It is also ranked 6th in terms of travel freedom so you can travel almost all over the world without going to an Embassy to pass documents to get a VISA. This post discusses what visa free countries for US citizens.

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This will guide you on where US Passport Holders can visit that are VISA FREE or VISA ON ARRIVAL!

VARIOUS VISAS EXPLAINED

There are basically four types of VISA that a traveler can secure.

VISA-FREE All you need is your valid passport (at least 6 months valid) and you can enter the country without a visa for a specific period of time.

VISA-ON-ARRIVAL (VOA) When you arrive in a particular country, you can get A visa at the airport or terminal you land, you just need to pay some specific fees and you are granted a visa!

VISA-REQUIRED You need to apply at the embassy or through an accredited agency and pass certain requirements to obtain a VISA from the country you are visiting.

E-VISA You must apply and pay fees online for your visa application. Your passport number is on the database of the country you are planning to visit so there’s no need for stickers or stamps.

COMPLETE LIST OF VISA-FREE COUNTRIES FOR US PASSPORT HOLDERS (AND VISA ON ARRIVALS)

NORTH AMERICA

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  • Antigua and Barbuda, 6 months

  • Bahamas, 8 months

  • Barbados, 28 days, extendable to 6 months

  • Belize, 1 month, extendable to 6 months

  • Canada, 180 days

  • Costa Rica, 90 days

  • Dominica, 6 months

  • Dominican Republic, 30 days

  • El Salvador, 3 months

  • Grenada, 3 months, extension possible

  • Guatemala, 90 days

  • Haiti, 3 months

  • Honduras, 3 months

  • Jamaica, 6 months

  • Mexico, 180 days

  • Nicaragua, 90 days, a tourist card must be purchased upon arrival

  • Panama, 180 days

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis, 3 months

  • Saint Lucia, 6 weeks

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1 month

  • Trinidad and Tobago, 90 days

SOUTH AMERICA

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  • Argentina, 90 days, extendable up to 180 days (from here you can also go to Antarctica)

  • Bolivia, VOA, 90 days

  • Brazil, 90 days

  • Chile, 90 days (from here you can also go to Antarctica)

  • Colombia, 90 days, extendable up to 180 days

  • Ecuador, 90 days, may be extended for another 90 days

  • Guyana, 3 months

  • Paraguay, VOA at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asuncion, 90 days

  • Peru, 183 days

  • Suriname, eVisa / Tourist Card on Arrival, 90 days

  • Uruguay, 3 months

ASIA

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  • Armenia, 180 days

  • Azerbaijan, eVisa/VOA at Azerbaijan Airlines from New York City, 30 days

  • Bahrain, eVisa/ VOA, 14 days

  • Bangladesh, VOA available at Shahjalal International Airport, Shah Amanat International Airport and Osmani International Airport, 30 days

  • Brunei, 90 days

  • Cambodia, eVisa/VOA, 30 days

  • East Timor, VOA for arrivals by air, 30 days

  • Georgia, 1 year, health insurance is needed

  • Indonesia, 30 days

  • Israel, 3 months

  • Japan, 90 days

  • Jordan, VOA obtainable at most international ports of entry and at most international land border crossings (except King Hussein/Allenby Bridge crossing), 30 days

  • Kazakhstan, 30 days

  • Kuwait, eVisa/ VOA, 3 months

  • Kyrgyzstan, 60 days

  • Laos, eVisa/VOA available at international airports Luangphabang, Pakse, Savannakhet and Vientiane, and at 4 land borders Friendship Bridge, and at 13 border crossings as well as Tanalaeng train station in Vientiane, 30 days, extendable up to 60 days

  • Lebanon, VOA, 1 month, extendable for 2 months

  • Malaysia, 3 months

  • Maldives, free VOA, 30 days, extendable to 90 days

  • Nepal, VOA at Tribhuvan International Airport and certain land borders, 90 days, extendable to 150 days

  • Philippines, 30 days

  • Qatar, 30 days

  • Singapore, 90 days

  • South Korea, 90 days

  • Sri Lanka, eVisa/VOA, 30 days

  • Thailand, 30 days

  • United Arab Emirates, free VOA, 30 days

EUROPE 

  • SCHENGEN AREA

For the following countries, A US Passport holder can enjoy 90 days within any 180-day period in the Schengen Area.

What does this 90/180 rule mean? It means you can only travel around Schengen Areas for a maximum of 90 days within half a year. So if you entered the EU on January 1, and spent traveling from January 1 – March 30, a total of 90 days, then you need to exit the EU and return after 180 days – July 1. Another example would be entering on January 1-30 (30 days), exiting on January 31st then going back in traveling on March 1-30 (another 30 days), exiting again and going back on June 1-30 (another 30 days), so you need to exit on June 31st and come back for another 90 days starting July 1.

Beginning in January 2021, European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS visa) where in Foreign visitors will be required to submit personal data in advance and pay a processing fee (fee is waived for children) will become mandatory for all Non-EU international travelers.

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  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Malta

  • Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

Other Countries in EUROPE offering 90 days within any 180 day period

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  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Moldova

  • Monaco

  • Romania

  • Serbia

  • Ukraine

Other Countries in EUROPE that are Visa-Free for Americans

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  • Albania, 1 Year

  • Andorra, 3 months

  • Belarus, 30 days, must arrive and leave via Minsk International Airport

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, 90 days within any 6-month period

  • Ireland, 3 months

  • Montenegro, 90 days

  • North Macedonia, 90 days

  • San Marino, 90 days

  • Vatican City, 90 days

  • United Kingdom, 6 months

AFRICA

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  • Botswana, 90 days

  • Burkina Faso, VOA, 1 month

  • Cape Verde, VOA at Nelson Mandela International Airport, Cesária Évora Airport, Amílcar Cabral International Airport and Aristides Pereira International Airport, 30 days

  • Central African Republic, 180 days

  • Comoros, VOA, 45 days

  • Egypt, eVisa/VOA, 30 days

  • Equatorial Guinea, 90 days

  • Eswatini, 30 days, extendable up to 60 days

  • Ethiopia, eVisa/VOA, up to 90 days, VOA at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

  • Gabon, eVisa/VOA, 6 months

  • Guinea-Bissau, eVisa/VOA, up to 90 days, apply VOA in advance

  • Kenya, eVisa/VOA, 3 months

  • Lesotho, 14 days

  • Madagascar, eVisa/VOA, 90 days

  • Malawi, VOA, 30 days

  • Mauritania, VOA at Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport, 90 days

  • Mauritius, 90 days

  • Morocco, 3 months

  • Mozambique, VOA, 30 days

  • Namibia, 3 months

  • Rwanda, eVisa/VOA, 3 months

  • São Tomé and Príncipe, 15 days

  • Senegal, 90 days

  • Seychelles, free Visitor’s Permit on Arrival, 3 months, extendable to 1 year

  • Somalia, VOA at Berbera, Borama, Bosaso, Burao, Erigavo, Galcaio, Hargeisa  and Mogadishu Airport, 30 days

  • South Africa, 90 days

  • Tanzania, eVisa/VOA, 3 months

  • Togo, VOA, 7 days

  • Tunisia, 90 days

  • Uganda, eVisa/VOA, 90 days, apply online 2 days before arrival

  • Zambia, eVisa/VOA, 90 days, may be extended

  • Zimbabwe, eVisa/VOA, 3 months

OCEANIA

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  • Fiji, 4 months

  • Kiribati, 30 days

  • Marshall Islands, unlimited

  • Micronesia, unlimited

  • New Zealand, 90 days

  • Palau, 1 year

  • Papua New Guinea, eVisa/free VOA, 60 days

  • Samoa, free entry permit on arrival, 60 days

  • Solomon Islands, free visitor’s permit on Arrival, 3 months

  • Tonga, free VOA, 31 days

  • Tuvalu, free VOA, 1 month, extendable to 3 months

  • Vanuatu, 30 days


REQUIREMENTS COMMON TO VISA APPLICATIONS

Though some countries need specific requirements in their application, the most common document you need to prepare if you are hoping to visit the listed countries is a passport to be valid for at least 6 more months on arrival. Most countries require a minimum of blank pages in the passport being presented, at least one or two.

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For most African countries, there is a need for International Certificate of Vaccination. Departure tax is also paid to some countries. On a few Asian and European Countries, it is mandatory to register upon arrival. Fingerprints and Iris scans are also done in a few countries.

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I hope this has helped you know visa free countries for US citizens. You may now start browsing flights from the US to these countries and get started completing your bucket list. Happy travels!