Foreign Entry Requirements: Kazakhstan to Luxembourg
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A passport and Kenya visa
are required. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months and have 2
blank visa pages. Visitors should obtain their visa to Kenya in
advance. Travelers who opt to obtain an airport visa should expect
delays upon arrival. There is a fee for the visa, whether obtained in
advance or at the airport. Evidence of yellow fever immunization may be
requested. Travelers to Kenya and neighboring African countries should
ensure that the validity of their passports is at least six months
beyond the end of their intended stay, and that their passport contains
sufficient blank pages for visas and immigration stamps.
Travelers may obtain the latest information on visas as well as any
additional details regarding entry requirements from the Embassy of
Kenya, 2249 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202)
387-6101, or the Kenyan Consulates General in Los Angeles and New York
City. Persons outside the United States should contact the nearest
Kenyan embassy or consulate. Visit the Embassy of Kenya web site
for the most current visa information.
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A valid passport with a minimum of six months validity until expiration
date is required. According to the web site information posted by the
Kiribati National Tourism Office of the Ministry of Communication
Transport and Tourism Development, U.S. citizens are not required to
obtain visas prior to travel to Kiribati. To see this and other
information on visas, please go to the Kiribati National Tourism Office
web site. For information on long-term visit or residency requirements,
please contact the Consulate of the Republic of Kiribati, 95 Nakolo
Place, Rm. 265, Honolulu, HI 96819, tel. (808) 834-6775, fax (808)
North Korean visas are required for entry. Passports must
be valid at the time of entry and have two blank visa pages. The U.S.
Government does not issue letters to private Americans seeking North
Korean visas, even though in the past such letters have sometimes been
requested by DPRK embassies. Prospective travelers entering and
departing North Korea through China must also obtain a two-entry visa
for China, as a valid Chinese visa is essential for departing North
Korea at the conclusion of a visit or in an emergency. While the
ROK Government is attempting to open direct travel routes to the DPRK,
routine travel from the ROK to the DPRK is currently prohibited.
Travel across the demilitarized zone (DMZ) is allowed only infrequently
for official and government-authorized cultural and economic exchanges
or aid shipments.
There are no regularly operating direct commercial flights from
South Korea to North Korea. U.S. citizens who arrive in North
Korea without a valid U.S. passport and North Korean visa may be
detained, arrested, fined or denied entry. Travelers to North
Korea report that fees for local travel costs (taxi, tolls, permits and
the cost for security personnel assigned to escort foreigner visitors)
can be high and arbitrary.
Where to obtain a North Korean visa:
no DPRK embassy in the United States. U.S. citizens and residents
planning travel to North Korea must obtain DPRK visas only at the DPRK
embassy in Beijing, China, which will issue visas upon authorization
from the DPRK Foreign Ministry in Pyongyang. The address of the
DPRK Embassy in Beijing is as follows:
The Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Beijing:
No. 11, Ri Tan Bei Lu,
Jian Guo Men Wai,
Beijing, China 100600
It is advisable for would-be travelers to make preliminary
inquiries as to whether their application for a visa to the DPRK would
be approved. Americans residing in the United States can address
their inquiry to the Permanent Representative of the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York at the
The Permanent Representative of the Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations
820 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 972-3105
Fax: (212) 972-3154
Americans living abroad can address their inquiries to the DPRK embassy, if there is one, in their country of residence.
Before departing for China, Americans may wish to confirm that
the Embassy of the DPRK in Beijing has received authorization to issue
their visa from Pyongyang. Americans can call the Visa Office of
the North Korean Embassy in Beijing at (86 -10) 6532 6639. Other
numbers for the DPRK Embassy in Beijing are (86-10) 6532-1186 and
(86-10) 6532-1189 (fax: (86-10) 6532-6056).
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A passport is required. U.S. citizens do not need a visa, but
may be asked for documentation of the reason for their visit. Visitors
are typically granted a 90-day stay, and must register at the
Directorate for Migration and Foreigners if they want to extend their
stay beyond 90 days. The Directorate is located in the Main Police
Headquarters in the city of Pristina. Visitors who plan to work or
study in Kosovo, or remain for more than 90 days for some other reason,
should know the requirements ahead of time. Contact the Embassy of Kosovo in the United States
for more information.
Entry to Serbia from Kosovo should not be attempted without a valid
Serbian visa and entry stamp from a Serbia border crossing post.
Serbian border officials will not recognize entry stamps from Kosovo,
and will deny entry to visitors attempting to enter Serbia the first
time through Kosovo. If visitors first enter Serbia through a
neighboring country and later pass into Kosovo, they should have no
difficulty returning to Serbia from Kosovo.
U.S. citizens must have a valid passport and visa in order to
enter Kuwait. A single-entry visa costs USD $150 and a multiple-entry
visa costs USD $175. Overstaying a visa or departing without completing
Kuwaiti exit procedures may result in fines or imprisonment for
visitors who later return to Kuwait. Official and unofficial travelers
between Kuwait and Afghanistan or Iraq must complete Kuwaiti exit
procedures. Effective May 15, 2007, the Government of Kuwait no longer
admits travelers with a contractor identification card. All contractors
entering or transiting the State of Kuwait should have a valid
passport. Travelers in need of more information should contact the
Embassy of Kuwait at 2940 Tilden Street NW, Washington, DC 20008,
telephone (202) 966-0702, or the Kuwaiti Consulate in New York City,
telephone (212) 973-4318.
U.S. citizens traveling to or from Iraq may be subject to additional
scrutiny and questioning. Some visitors, particularly dual nationals,
may be detained at ports of entry or denied entry or exit. On a number
of occasions the border between Iraq and Kuwait has been closed without
notice, stranding Americans on either side of the border.
Department of Defense (DoD) contractors terminating in Kuwait or
traveling through Kuwait to other final destinations will need to enter
Kuwait through the Kuwait City International Airport (KCIA) or, if
traveling from within the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility
via military airlift, should enter Kuwait through the military side of
Both Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis may be banned from travel if
they have been charged with criminal offenses or placed under criminal
investigation during their time in Kuwait. Travelers may also face bans
if they have unpaid debts or an unresolved financial dispute. The
Kuwaiti government strictly enforces these bans, and will not allow
visitors to leave the country until the ban is lifted. Private citizens
may initiate travel bans for nearly limitless reasons, and the subject
of the ban will not be permitted to leave until the complaint has been
thoroughly investigated. Once such legal orders are in place, the U.S.
Embassy can assist American citizens in obtaining legal representation,
but cannot overcome the ban on exit from the country until the matter
Kuwait restricts entry and travel for individuals with certain
communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. Applicants for
Kuwaity residency must submit to a medical examination, and will be
banned from the country if they test positive for these diseases.
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U.S. citizens must have a passport to visit the Kyrgyz Republic.
Holders of a U.S. Passport are permitted entry for up to 60 days
without obtaining a visa prior to arrival. You must register with the
local police if you remain in the Kyrgyz Republic beyond 60 days, or
face potential difficulties leaving the country. Work visas are
required for anyone performing missionary activities, and missionaries
must also register with the Office of Religious Affairs. Those
performing religious work or any work affiliated with a religious
organization must declare the work on their visas. Religious work may
not be performed on a tourist visa.
Commercial air travel from the Kyrgyz Republic is limited, and
visitors may want to secure Kazakh visas in case they must depart the
region via Kazakhstan. Travelers transiting through Russia must secure
a Russian transit visa.
Visitors must present proof of a negative HIV status if they plan to stay in the Kyrgyz Republic for longer than one month.
For further information regarding entry/exit requirements,
contact the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic at 2630 Massachusetts
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone: (202) 338-5141, fax: (202)
742 6501. Visit the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic web site
for the most current visa information.
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A passport valid for at least three months (6 months recommended) beyond the duration of stay
is required. Latvia is one of many European countries that are party to
the Schengen Agreement
The Schengen Agreement permits U.S. citizens, among others, to remain
in Schengen countries for up to 90 days without a visa. Travelers
remaining in Latvia for more than 90 days, including 180 day periods
that cross over two half-calendar years, must apply for temporary
residence. All travelers must have a valid insurance policy, covering
medical expenses while in Latvia. Repatriation costs, including funeral
and disposition of remains costs also have to be covered by the policy.
In addition, upon entering or exiting the country, travelers must
declare cash in excess of 10,100 EUR to Latvian customs.
For more information, travelers may contact the Latvian
Embassy, at 2306 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, tel.
(202)328-2840, fax (202)328-2860. Within Latvia, contact the Ministry
of Interiors Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs at Ciekurkalna
1st line, building 3, Riga, LV-1026. Tel. (371)67588675, e-mail:
Any traveler to Russia, even in transit, is advised to obtain a Russian visa
prior to entry into Latvia. The process of obtaining a visa at the
Russian Embassy in Riga can be lengthy, and may involve surrender of
the passport for an undetermined period of time. Visit the Embassy of Latvia website
for the most current visa information.
Visitors to Lebanon must have a valid passport and visa. Passports must
ve valid for at least 90 days following entry to Lebanon. Short-term
tourist visas are available at the border. Travelers may be refused
entry to Lebanon if they have passports with Israeli visas or Israeli
entry/exit stamps, and may also face arrest and imprisonment. Prior to
departure, travelers must update their status with the Security
General if they overstay their visa. The Department of State
must approve any unofficial travel to Lebanon by U.S. government
Further information on entry/exit requirements is available
from the Embassy of Lebanon, 2560 28th Street NW, Washington, DC,
20008, tel. (202) 939-6300. Travelers may also contact one fo the
Lebanese Consulate Generals in Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami or
Visitors to Lesotho must have a valid passport. U.S. citizens do
not need a visa for stays of up to 180 days. Visitors should have an
international vaccination card with a current yellow fever inoculation.
Border officials may deny entry to anyone with HIV/AIDS. For more
information concerning entry requirements, travelers may contact the
Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho, 2511 Massachusetts Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 797-5533. Visit the Embassy of Lesotho's websitea
for the most current visa information.
Residence in Lesotho may change the visa requirements for U.S. citizens
to visit South Africa. Check with the High Commission of South Africa
in Maseru for the most up-to-date information.
U.S. citizens must have a passport and visa to enter Liberia,
along with evidence of current yellow fever vaccination. Visas are not
available upon arrival, and travelers may be deported if they arrive
without a visa. For the latest information,
contact the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia
5201 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011, tel. (202) 723-0437.
Overseas, inquiries should be made at the nearest Liberian embassy or
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Liechtenstein is a party to the Schengen agreement. As such,
U.S. citizens may enter Liechtenstein up to 90 days for tourist or
business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at
least three months (6 months recommended by the State Department) beyond the period of stay and travelers must present
proof of sufficient funds and onward/return tickets. For further
details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our
Schengen fact sheet
Liechtenstein does not have a bilateral agreement with the
United States allowing travelers to stay beyond 90 days unlike some
Schengen countries. A visa must be secured prior to traveling if you
plan to stay beyond the allowed period. Overstaying and/or failure to
obtain a visa may result to fines and bans from visiting the Schengen
area for another six months.
For more information on entry requirements for travel to Liechtenstein, you may contact the Embassy of Liechtenstein
at 2900 K Street NW, Suite 602B, Washington D.C., 20007, telephone (202) 331-0590.
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U.S. citizens do not need a visa for tourist or business visits
to Lithuania of 90 days or less. Lithuania is one of 26 countries to
ratify the Schengen Agreement, which allows foreign visitors to travel
between those countries freely with a 90 day period. Visitors need to
have a passport with at least three months of validity (6 months
recommended) beyond their period of stay in the Schengen area.
Foreign visitors who plan to stay in Lithuania for more than 90 days
within the same six-month period must apply for temporary Lithuanian
residency. Since processing times for residency permits can take longer
than 90 days, visitors who plan to stay beyond the visa-free period
should apply for temporary residency before they enter Lithuania.
Visitors from outside the European Union must have a medical insurance
policy, or purchase an insurance policy from Lithuanian officials at a
port of entry. These policies cost approximately USD $1.00 per day.
Travelers must carry proof of their insurance with them at all times.
The policy must be able to cover any medical expenses or
hospitalizations that a traveler might incur while in the country.
Children who reside permanently in Lithuania need written permission
from a parent or guardian to travel unaccompanied outside the country.
For the most current information about travel to Lithuania, visit the Embassy of Lithuania website.
Luxembourg is one of 26 European countries to ratify the Schengen
Agreement. Under this treaty, U.S. citizens may remain in Luxembourg or
other Schengen countries for tourism or business for up to 90 days
without a visa. You will need a passport with at least three months of
validity (6 months recommended) beyond your period of stay.
Visitors who plan to stay in Luxembourg beyond 90 days must
apply for temporary residency before they arrive. Permits will be
mailed to applicants once they have been issued, and travelers must
enter Luxembourg within 90 days of receiving the permit. Temporary
residents must also register at the town office in their city of
residence once they arrive.
For further questions, contact the Luxembourg Embassy in Washington DC
at 2200 Massachusetts Ave NW, phone (202) 265-1471 or -4172. You may
also address queries to the Consulates General in New York or San
Francisco at (212) 888-6664 or (415) 788-0816 respectively.
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