By Mary Charie / 17/02/2019

[2019] VISA FREE COUNTRIES FOR USA PASSPORT HOLDERS AND CITIZENS

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How many countries can U.S citizen visit without visa if you may ask, and the answer is 166 countries. Passport from the United States of the America is probably one of the strongest passports in the world for travelling. Travelling for citizens of USA is quite easy as they can simply book a flight, accommodation, and go. 

If you are on the planning stage of your trip, here, I will discuss the countries where US citizens do not need a visa to enter the country. I will also list down the countries where you can a visa on arrival, evisa, how to extend a visa easily, and how to apply for a visa for the countries you need it for.

You may use the table of contents to navigate faster, I categorised the countries as handy as possible.

LEGEND: VOA (visa on arrival). All prices are in US Dollars.

VISA FREE COUNTRIES FOR USA PASSPORT HOLDERS & CITIZENS 

HOW MANY COUNTRIES CAN AMERICAN CITIZEN TRAVEL WITHOUT A VISA

USA citizens can travel without a visa to 116 countries, while they can get a 47 visa on arrival, and 35 countries requires them to obtain a visa before arriving in the country. USA passport is on the top 10 most powerful passport in terms of travelling the world. This article listed not only visa free countries for US passport holders but also those countries that a US citizen can get an eVisa and visa on arrival.

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VISA GUIDE FOR ASIA

This section is divided into four demographic categories; East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and West & Middle East Asia mentioning all US visa free countries and listing down those with eVisa and countries that require a visa before entry.

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East Asia

VISA FREE:

  • Hong Kong - 90 days
  • Japan - 90 days
  • Macau - 30 days
  • Mongolia - 90 days
  • South Korea - 90 days
  • Taiwan - 90 days

VISA REQUIRED:

TRAVEL RESTRICTION:

  • North Korea
visa free countries for usa passport holders

Japan Visa

Central Asia

VISA FREE:

  • Kazakhstan - 30 days
  • Kyrgyzstan - 60 days
  • Uzbekistan - evisa for 30 days, free transit for 5 days in an international airport but must show an onward ticketapply for an evisa

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Tajikistan - 45 days evisa for BUT if you are arriving from a country which have a Tajik diplomatic mission, you must obtain a visa in advance, get your evisa here
  • Turkmenistan

Southeast Asia

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FREE VISA:

  • Brunei - 90 days
  • Indonesia- 30 days
  • Malaysia - 90 days
  • Philippines - 30 days or a visa on arrival for 59 days for $50 fee - Visa guide for Philippines
  • Singapore - 90 days - Singapore visa guide
  • Thailand - 30 days, maximum of visit is twice a year if not arriving by air

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

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Visa Free Countries For USA Passport Holders - China visa

China Visa

South Asia

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Bhutan
  • Pakistan

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West Asia / Middle East

FREE VISA:

  • Armenia - 180 days
  • Georgia - 365 days
  • Israel - 90 days
  • Palestine

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Azerbaijan - 30 days, evisa, YOU MAY APPLY FOR AN EVISA HERE
  • Bahrain - 14 days evisa or visa on arrival, can be obtain online - you can apply for an evisa here
  • Kuwait - 90 days
  • Lebanon - 30 days extendable up to additional 60 days
  • Oman - 30 days evisa or visa on arrival, can be extended for another 30 days - you may get your evisa here
  • Qatar - 30 days evisa or visa on arrival
  • Turkey - 90 days evisa or visa on arrival - you can get your evisa here
  • United Arab Emirates - 30 days visa on arrival free of charge

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Yemen

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VISA GUIDE FOR EUROPE

Schengen States

FREE VISA:

US Passport holders can enter any Schengen state for 90 days on a 180-day period and can freely travel in this area without obtaining new visa unless the visa is expire or the visa time is all consumed. 

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SCHENGEN MEMBERS:

Austria

Belgium

Czech Republic

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Italy

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Non-Schengen

FREE VISA: Non-Schengen

  • Albania - 365 days
  • Andorra - 90 days
  • Belarus - 30 days must arrive via Minsk Airport
  • Bulgaria - 90 days within 180-day period
  • Croatia - 90 days within 180-day period
  • Cyprus - 90 days within 180-day period
  • Ireland - 90 days, must show purpose of travel, sufficient fund, return ticket, and accommodation booking
  • Kosovo - 90 days
  • Macedonia - 90 days
  • Moldova - 90 days
  • Monaco - 90 days within 180-day
  • Montenegro - 90 days
  • Romania - 90 days within 180-day
  • San Marino
  • Serbia - 90 days within 180-day
  • Ukraine - 90 days within 180-day
  • United Kingdom - 180 days must show return ticket and accommodation booking
  • Vatican City

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Russia

VISA GUIDE FOR AFRICA

Central Africa

FREE VISA:

  • Central African Republic - 180 days, international certificate of vaccination required
  • Equatorial Guinea - mus have international certificate of vaccination if travelling from a country with high risky of yellow fever
  • Sao Tome and Principe - 15 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Burundi
  • Cameroon - international certificate of vaccination required
  • Chad - international certificate of vaccination required
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo - hotel reservation required and international certificate of vaccination 
  • South Sudan - two blank pages on passport required

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Visa Free Countries For USA Passport Holders - Mozambique

Mozambique Visa

East Africa

FREE VISA:

  • Mayotte - 90 days
  • Mauritius - 90 dyas

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Comoros - visa on arrival
  • Djibouti - 31 days evisa
  • Ethiopia - evisa or visa on arrival which is obtainable at Addis Ababa Bole airport - you can get your evisa here
  • Kenya - 90 days visa on arrival or evisa - get your evisa here
  • Madagascar - 30 days visa on arrival
  • Malawi - visa on arrival
  • Mozambique - 30 days visa on arrival
  • Reunion - 90 days
  • Seychelles - 90 days visitor's permit free of charge and can be extended for up to one year
  • Somalia - visa on arrival
  • Tanzania - 90 days visa on arrival for $100 fee
  • Uganda - visa on arrival or evisa must be applied two days prior to arrival, get your evisa here
  • Zambia - 90 days visa on arrival or evisa - arrival date must be exact, can be extended free of chargeGET YOUR EVISA HERE
  • Zimbabwe - 90 days visa on arrival or evisa - apply for an evisa here

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Eritrea

North Africa

FREE VISA:

  • Morocco - 90 days
  • Tunisia - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • Sudan

Western Sahara - undefined

visa free countries for usa passport holders

Malawi Visa

South Africa

FREE VISA:

  • Botswana - 90 days
  • Lesotho - 14 days extendable up to 180 days
  • Namibia - 90 days
  • South Africa - 90 days
  • Swaziland - 30 days

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West Africa

FREE VISA:

  • Gambia - international certificate of vaccination required
  • Senegal - 90 days international certificate of vaccination required

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Benin - 30 days/8 days visa on arrival or evisa, international certificate of vaccination required
  • Burkina Faso - 30 days visa on arrival
  • Cape Verde - visa on arrival
  • Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - apply for an evisa valid for 30 days
  • Guinea-Bissau - 90 days evisa or visa on arrival, must apply in advance online
  • Mauritania - visa on arrival at Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport, international certificate of vaccination required
  • Saint Helena - visitor's pass required
  • Togo - 7 days visa on arrival 

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Niger - international certificate of vaccination required
  • Nigeria - visa can be obtained online
  • Sierra Leone - international certificate of vaccination required

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VISA GUIDE FOR AMERICA

Central America

FREE VISA:

  • Barbados - 180 days
  • Belize - 30 days, can be extended p to 6 months
  • Costa Rica - 90 days, must pay departure tax of $29
  • Colombia - 90 days, can be extended up to 180 days, must show a yellow fever vaccination record if coming from Brazil
  • El Salvador - 90 days
  • Guatemala - 90 days, exit fee is required when leaving by air
  • Jamaica  - 180 days
  • Honduras - 90 days, depart airport tax must be paid in cash
  • Nicaragua - 90 days, tourist card of $10 fee

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Dominican Republic - 30 days, Tourist Card on arrival

North America

FREE VISA:

  • Canada - 180 days, traveller with criminal record in the past 10 years may not be able to enter unless with a Temporary Resident Permit or Rehabilitation Approval
  • Mexico - 180 days Tourist Card - you may obtain a Tourist card here

South America

FREE VISA:

  • Argentina - 90 days, can be extended up to 180 days
  • Aruba - 90 days
  • Chile - 90 days
  • Curacao - 90 days
  • Falkland Islands
  • French Guiana - 90 days
  • Ecuador - 90 days can be extended for another 90 days
  • Guyana - 90 days
  • Peru - 183, determined on arrival
  • Uruguay - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED:

Visa Free Countries For USA Passport Holders - Russian Visa

Russia Visa

VISA GUIDE FOR OCEANIA

FREE VISA:

  • Fiji - 120 days
  • Kiribati - 30 days
  • Marshall Islands - unlimited days of stay and legal to work
  • Micronesia - unlimited days of stay and legal to work
  • New Zealand - 90 days
  • Palau - 365 days and legal to work
  • Vanuatu - 30 days can be extended up to 120 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Australia - must apply for an ETA(Electronic Travel Authority) online - valid for maximum of 90 days for every 365-day period
  • Papua New Guinea - 60 days and extendable up to 30 more days
  • Samoa - 30 days, entry permit on arrival
  • Solomon Islands - 90 days in 365-day period, visitor's permit on arrival
  • Tonga - 31 days visa on arrival
  • Tuvalu - 30 days visa on arrival, can be extended up to 90 days free of charge

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Nauru

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OTHER TERRITORIES

Apart from the all these visa free countries for US citizens, these US territories can also be entered without a visa or permit.

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  • United States Minor Outlying Islands - see the list here
  • Puerto Rico, 1900
  • Virgin Islands, 1936
  • Guam, 1950
  • Northern Marinas Islands, 1978

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TRAVEL TIPS

Here are my personal travel tips for travelling when it comes in travel arrangements online:

Accommodations:

  • Booking.com - most of the time, your booking can be cancelled at no fee
  • Agoda - popular around Europe
  • HostelWorld - best search engine for backpacker's youth hostel or affordable accommondation
  • HotelsCombined - another search engine for accommodations, widely used and popular in Southeast Asia 

Tours:

  • Get Your Guide - a tour booking site that has a wide coverage of tours for every destination
  • Viator - great for Europe and North America
  • Klook - the most affordable place to book tours in Southeast Asia

Visa:

  • iVisa - the one and only visa processing website that I use and never had any issues

Flights:

  • Skyscanner - definitely my favourite search engine for flights to anywhere in the world; its flexible compared to other websites.

You can also check my resources page for more information abotu travel tools.

I hope you find this about visa free countries for USA passport holders and other countries that a US citizen can go without a visa, with visa on arrival, plus the countries that require a visa.

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Here is a complete list of visa free countries for usa passport holders together with visa on arrival for US citizens. It also answer the question "how many countries can US visit without visa?" and what are the visa free countries for USA citizens. Plus where US citizens can travel without a visa? #travelwithoutavisausa #visafreecountriesusa
About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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