A visa is official permission from a country for you to visit. It is usually a stamp in your passport, but is also sometimes a piece of paper or electronic document that states how long you are allowed to stay in that country and in what capacity (tourist, study, etc.). 

Apply for a visa through the foreign country’s embassy in the United States several weeks or months in advance.

Before you go, learn more about your destination(s) and enroll in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

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