Where to travel visa-free with a US passport?

The United States of America is a big country with many places worth visiting. US citizens are willing to travel around their country. However, over the last few years, they have become more interested in traveling abroad than before. In 2017 almost half of the US population had an American passport, compared to 4% of the population in 1990, which is huge growth.

According to the Passport Index, the American passport is currently ranked in 8th place. That means there are numerous visa-free countries for USA passport holders.

Currently, there are 150 visa-free countries for the USA; 36 destinations are available with eVisa, and 40 with a visa on arrival.

The nearest passport visa-free countries to visit for  US citizens are Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, and Honduras.

Traveling without a visa can be a great way to explore new places and meet new people

Those, who travel visa-free, are aware of so many pluses of exploring new places this way. Without days or weeks spent on formalities before a trip, you just may decide on whatever destination you want spontaneously. Thus, guided by your intuition, you have the chance to experience something wonderful and meet exceptional people.

How to obtain  a US passport 

Only US citizens may apply for an American passport. The process of application consists of the following steps:

  • Completing a form (DS-11) which may be downloaded from a Department of State’s website
  • Prepare necessary documents, photographs, etc. Please remeber to receive a new passport, you need to present original identification documents in person at a passport acceptance facility.
  • Covering a fee (passport fees varies depending on the age of applicants)

US citizens must apply for a passport in person and show their documents to an acceptance agent.

Advantages of traveling to visa-free countries 

When you travel visa-free, you can visit new places freely. Exploring dream locations and learning about the customs of people of different nationalities depends only on your decision, and the only requirement is passport validity.

150 visa-free countries available with a US passport 

United States Government gives its citizens a chance to visit numerous countries without a visa. Valid passport holders can choose between different locations all over the world.

Visa-free countries with a US passport:

  • Albania
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Georgia
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saints Kitts and Newis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Chech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • reland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Monaco
  • Nitherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Mayotte
  • Réunion
  • Hainian (visa not required when traveling as part of a tour group)
  • Hong Kong
  • Kish Island
  • Macau
  • Sabah and Sarawak
  • Palestine
  • Taiwan
  • Phú Quốc
  • Anguilla
  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Curaçao
  • French West Indies
  • Greenland
  • Montserrat
  • Saint Maarten
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Brest and Grodno
  • Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Kosovo
  • South Ossetia
  • Svalbard
  • Transnistria
  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pitcaim Islands
  • French Guiana
  • Falkland Islands

Visa on arrival countries

  • Azerbaija
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Comoros
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Salomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Burundi
  • Somaliland
  • Iraqi Kurdistan


  • Angola
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Benin
  • Cambodia
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Myanmar
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • New Zeland
  • Ascension Island


How to check if your destination is a visa-free country?

Check if you are among passport holders who may travel without a visa. If your travel destination is not listed, you should go to an embassy and apply for a traditional visa.

What to do if your travel destination requires a visa?

If your homeland is not among other travel visa-free countries, you should make sure if a visa on arrival or eVisa is available. Otherwise, you should go to the embassy and apply for a paper visa.

How to prepare for travel to non-visa-free countries

When traveling to countries where visas are mandatory, make sure your passport is valid, and it will not expire within the next six months. If you have applied for an electronic visa, print it and keep an electronic version on your mobile or laptop.

Is it important to research the visa requirements of a country you want to visit?

Each country has its specific entry requirements. For some destinations, you will need a paper visa; for others, eVisa will be permitted. You may avoid unnecessary formalities and save your time by getting well informed and prepared for the travel.

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