U.S. Visas


Tourism & Visit

Tourism & Visit

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Foreign travelers to the United States for short visits, for example tourism, vacation, visiting family and friends, or medical treatment, need visitor visas unless they qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program.

Visitor Visa B

For visits such as tourism, seeing family and friends, or medical treatment.

  1. Overview
  2. How to Apply
  3. Fees
  4. Required Documentation

Visa Waiver Program VWP

Most citizens of participating countries* may travel to the United States for short visits without a visa though the Visa Waiver Program.

Requires ESTA Approval

Canadian & Bermudian Citizens

Citizens of Canada and Bermuda generally do not need visas for tourism and visits.

Traveling to the United States for another reason?



* With respect to all references to “country” or “countries” on this page, it should be noted that the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, Pub. L. No. 96-8, Section 4(b)(1), provides that “[w]henever the laws of the United States refer or relate to foreign countries, nations, states, governments, or similar entities, such terms shall include and such laws shall apply with respect to Taiwan.” 22 U.S.C. § 3303(b)(1). Accordingly, all references to “country” or “countries” in the Visa Waiver Program authorizing legislation, Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1187, are read to include Taiwan. This is consistent with the United States’ one-China policy, under which the United States has maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan since 1979.