- About Entry Visas
- Passport Information
- International Entry & Visa Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders
1. About Entry Visas
If I need one, who is responsible to obtain my visa?
You are responsible for obtaining the proper travel documents for the destinations on your itinerary, including to have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure and a visa if required.
IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies.
What is meant by the term "visa"?
A visa is a special permission granted to an individual to enter a foreign nation. Many nations require individuals to be approved for travel within their borders. This is something that is required in addition to a valid passport. Visa requirements vary based upon the country/ countries to be visited and your nationality.
How do I know if I need a visa?
Countries listed below on the 3. International Entry & Visa Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders require specific visa and/or other entry documentation in addition to a U.S. passport. All other countries (not listed) require only valid U.S. passports.
How do I obtain a visa?
A visa may be obtained by contacting a visa service or by contacting the embassy or consulate of the nation you are visiting prior to departing your home country.
How much does a visa cost?
There will be a cost associated with utilizing a visa service and also with approaching the embassy or consulate directly to obtain a visa. These costs often change with little notice. We recommend that you contact the appropriate embassy or consulate directly for the most up to date information.
2. Passport Information
Your U.S. passport should be valid at least 6 months or longer after the date of travel.
Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. To learn how to apply for a U.S. Passport including expedited services, click here. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.
Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders: Country details below are based on information obtained from the U.S. State Department as of July 24, 2012. This information is subject to change. To check for updates, please check with the consular office of the countries to be visited and/or click here.
Non U.S. Citizens: All information provided below pertains to U.S. passport holders only.
Non-U.S. Citizens should check with the appropriate foreign consular representative.
3. International Entry & Visa Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders
Countries listed below require specific visa and/or other entry documentation in addition to a U.S. passport. All other countries (not listed) require only valid U.S. passports.
AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
JORDAN - Visa required. Visas for tourist visits can be obtained upon arrival at most international ports of entry including Amman's international airport, and land crossings from Israel at Arava/Eilat South Border and Sheikh Hussein/North Border. From Jan 1, 2011: Single entry visa costs $30 and multiple entry visa costs $90 approximately. For entry into Jordan via the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge, a visa must be obtained in advance. Contact the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 3504 International Drive, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008; Telephone: 202-966-2664. jordanembassyus.org/new/consular/visas.shtml
KENYA - Visa required. Visas may be obtained in advance, or are available for purchase at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport for U.S. citizens. Travelers who opt to purchase a visa at the airport may experience delays and should be prepared to pay in USD (cash). The current fee for a single entry visa is $50. Passengers continuing onto Tanzania, and connecting in Nairobi, Kenya for their final departure flight to the US do not require a transit or multiple entry visa. A single entry visa is valid for connecting flights. Passengers continuing onto Tanzania from Kenya must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination.
SOUTH AFRICA - Upon entry, passport holders are required to have at least one, entirely blank (unstamped) visa page (i.e. one side of such a page not front and back thereof) in their passport, each time entry is sought into South Africa. This includes re-entry from Swaziland. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport. South African government regulations prohibit airlines from boarding passengers without the required blank visa page.
SWAZILAND - Upon entry, passport holders traveling to Swaziland from South Africa are strongly encouraged to have several unstamped visa pages left in their passports.
TANZANIA - Visa required. Visas are available for purchase at the Kilimanjaro Airport, however we strongly suggest it is obtained in advance to avoid long delays and ensure entry. Visas upon arrival are not guaranteed. The current fee for a visa is $100. Passengers purchasing a visa at the airport must be prepared to pay in USD (cash). To pre-purchase a visa, contact the Embassy of Tanzania, 1232 22ns Street NW, Washington, DC 20037, telephone (202) 884-1080. Passengers must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Visa required. Visas are available at the port of entry for no fee. Contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, 3522 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20037, telephone (202) 243-2400. Website: uae-embassy.org . Note: Canadian Citizens should check carefully their visa requirements with United Arab Emirates and may require a dual-entry visa if cruising from Dubai.
ZIMBABWE - Visa required. Visas may be purchased upon arrival to Zimbabwe. Americans entering Zimbabwe for tourism can expect to pay $30 USD for a single-entry visa and $45 for a double-entry visa. Passengers traveling on the 14/15 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls are only required to purchase a single entry visa. Passengers traveling on the 16/17 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana will be required to purchase a double-entry visa.
ASIA & SOUTH PACIFIC
AUSTRALIA - Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa is required. See eta.immi.gov.au for more information. Please click on the "Apply for ETA" button in the top left hand corner to fill in the on-line application form for an ETA visa. Additional information regarding this visa can be found at the various links directly below the "Apply for ETA" and "Check your ETA" buttons.
CAMBODIA - Visa required. Tourists may obtain a Cambodian visa for $30 upon arrival at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and at all major border crossings. Two passport-sized photographs are required.
CHINA - Visa required. Effective August 1st 2012, U.S. passport holders are required to provide additional documentation to support their visa application which includes (1) full passport name; (2) hotel names, addresses and phone numbers; and (3) confirmed airline reservations with ticket numbers. This information will be provided to you in writing by upon receipt of your full payment and once airline tickets have been issued. To learn how to obtain a visa from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China (PRC),r visit www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/adr for more information. There are also Chinese Consulates General in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Two days following your initial booking and deposit, you will receive complete information via email about obtaining a visa to China. Special note for customers also visiting TIBET - A group permit is required for travel to Tibet and will be obtained for you upon final payment. The cost of this permit is included in the package price. At this time, Gate 1 is only able to obtain a Tibet visa for U.S. passport holders. For all passengers traveling to Tibet, when applying for your Chinese Visa, in Section 2, of the application, Your Visit to China - 2.5 Please list Counties/Cities and Provinces to visit in China in a time sequence, it is only necessary to include : Shanghai, Xian and Beijing.
INDIA - Visa required. Passengers traveling to India will need to provide a reference, including name, address, and phone number, for their Indian visa. Contact the Embassy of India at 2536 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008; Telephone: 202-939-9849 or 939-9806; Website: www.indianembassy.org . There are Indian Consulates General in Chicago, Houston, New York, and San Francisco. Two days following your initial booking and deposit, you will receive complete information via email about obtaining a visa to India. Passengers entering India twice in the same trip (for example, when combining India & Nepal) will require a dual entry visa for India.
INDONESIA - Visa required. Visas may be purchased at airports in Jakarta and Bali upon arrival for $25 .For additional visa information please visit www.embassyofindonesia.org.
LAOS - Visa required. Tourists may obtain a visa for $35 upon arrival at the airports in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and at major border crossings. Two passport-sized photographs are required.
NEPAL - Visa required. Tourists may obtain a visa for $25 payable in cash upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. Passengers should bring two passport sized photographs for the visa. Prior to departure from Kathmandu airport, there is an airport tax of approx. $17 for passengers traveling to India. Passengers returning to India for the second time in the same trip will require a dual entry visa for India.
VIETNAM - Visa required. Contact Vietnamese Embassy, 1233 20th Street, Suite 400, NW, Washington, DC 20036; Website: vietnamembassy-usa.org . There is a Vietnamese Consulate General in San Francisco.
RUSSIA - Visa required. The visa application process requires an application form, one passport-sized photo, your trip confirmation and a Visa Support Letter (VSL) obtained from us, and a processing fee. Two days following your initial booking and deposit, you will receive complete information via email about obtaining a Visa Support Letter (VSL) and a visa to Russia. Visas services for the Embassy of the Russian Federation are managed by Invisa Logistics Services at their Visa Center, 1680 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tel. (202) 495-3663; Fax (202) 495-3666. All applicants must first complete an online Visa Application Form at http://evisa.kdmid.ru and then either appear in person at the Visa Center ($30 fee in addition to the Consular visa fees) or submit their application via a visa service.
Details at www.russianembassy.org/Embassy_eng/Consulate/tourist_visa.html.
SLOVAKIA - Proof of sufficient health insurance coverage and funds (generally in the amount of $50 per person per day) are required upon entry.
TURKEY - Visa required. Visas can be obtained at Istanbul international airport for approximately $20. Visas are not required for sea cruise passengers who purchase shore excursions to Kusadasi and Istanbul. When entering Turkey via a land border crossing, a pre-obtained visa is recommended. Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey at 2525 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone: (202) 612-6700, or the Turkish consulates general in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, or New York. Information may also be found at turkey.org.
ARGENTINA -U.S. and Canadian Citizens arriving Argentina at Buenos Aires
Aeroparque Airport (AEP) or Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE)
are required to pay an entry fee of $160, payable online in advance.
Effective January 7, 2013, U.S. and Canadian Citizens arriving at any point
of entry into Argentina will be required to pay the entry fee which MUST be
paid online in advance. For payment details, visit
BOLIVIA - Visa required. May be obtained upon arrival or in advance by mail or in person at Bolivian consulates in the U.S. Upon arrival, the $135 visa fee is payable in cash only and must be accompanied by a visa application form with a 4cm x 4cm color photograph, a passport with a validity of not less than 6 months, evidence of a hotel reservation or a letter of invitation in Spanish, proof of economic solvency (credit card, cash, or a current bank statement), and an International Vaccination Certificate for yellow fever. Contact the Embassy of Bolivia at 4420 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite #2, Washington, D.C. 20008; Telephone: 202-232-4828 or 232-4827; Website: bolivia-usa.org . There are Bolivian Consulates General in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Oklahoma City, and Seattle.
BRAZIL - Visa required. Contact the Brazilian Embassy at 1025 Thomas Jefferson St., NW, Suite 300 W (3rd Floor), Washington, D.C. 20007-5250, Phone: (202) 238-2805; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: brasilemb.org . Note that those living outside of the this region must contact the consulate of their jurisdiction. There are Brazilian Consulates General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco.
CHILE - U.S. Citizens are required to pay an entry fee of $160 which is collected upon arrival in US dollars and payable by credit card or cash upon entry into the country. This fee cannot be paid in advance. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport.
All information and rates are subject to change without notice. Non-U.S. Citizens should check with the appropriate foreign consular representative.