The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) offers an easy, effective method to travel to the U.S. for business or pleasure. The program enables citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for pleasure or business for 90 days or less without officially obtaining a U.S. visa.
While most interested parties do not need to apply for a visa, certain exceptions do apply.
Some travelers still need to apply for a visa, including people who plan to work or study in the U.S., stay more than 90 days, or people who might otherwise be ineligible for a visa. Travelers who have previously been denied visas, who have criminal records or who may be ineligible to enter the U.S. on the VWP, should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate before attempting to use the VWP to enter the U.S.
Visa Waiver Program applicants must:
- Have a machine-readable passport issued by your participating country that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of your return or a non-immigrant visa.
- Have a round-trip ticket issued on a carrier that has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to participate in the VWP.
- Agree to waive any right to appeal a denial of entry.