Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Learn more about the Visa Waiver Program on the State Department website:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html

The program was established to eliminate unnecessary barriers to travel, stimulating the tourism industry, and permitting the Department of State to focus consular resources in other areas. VWP eligible travelers may apply for a visa, if they prefer to do so. Nationals of VWP countries must meet eligibility requirements to travel without a visa on VWP, and therefore, some travelers from VWP countries are not eligible to use the program. VWP travelers are required to have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel, are screened at the port of entry into the United States, and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security’s US-Visit program.

information regarding visa-free travel, see Visa Waiver Program.

All travelers to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must obtain the authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to initiating travel to the United States. For more information and to register, please visit http://cbp.gov/esta for more information and to register.

If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program or are traveling to study, work, participate in an exchange program, or any other purpose that does not fall under a B visa purpose of travel, you will need a nonimmigrant visa.

Review the important DHS Advisory Warning about unauthorized third-party ESTA application related web sites.

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