Foreign Entry Requirements: Taiwan to Virgin Islands
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citizens traveling to Taiwan must have a passport that is valid for at
least the duration of stay in Taiwan. A return or onward ticket is
required, but U.S. citizens do not need a visa for stays of 90 days or
fewer. Travelers may not extend their stay or change their visa status
once they are in the country with the visa-waiver program. As a U.S.
passport holder, you will be allowed to enter Taiwan without a visa for
up to 90 days if your passport is valid for more than 90 days beyond
the date of arrival. If your passport has fewer than 90 days of
validity remaining, you will be able to enter Taiwan for a time equal
to the expiration date of your passport.. If you apply for a Taiwan visa
in advance of your arrival in Taiwan, the cost is approximately USD $160.00, and you may be granted a longer length of stay.
Visitors who apply for landing visas or
visa-exempt status do not need to submit evidence of negative HIV
status. Resident visa applications do require a health certificate, and
visitors who test positive for HIV will not be granted a visa and will
likely be asked to leave the country.
For the most current information about entry requirements, consult with
the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO).
See Tajikistan Entry Requirements
A passport and Tanzania visa
are required for travel to Tanzania. U.S. citizens with valid passports may obtain a Tanzania visa
either before arriving in Tanzania or at any port of entry staffed by
immigration officials. The current fee for a visa has recently
risen to $100 for a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa to reciprocate
the fee the United States charges visa applicants. This could
rise again as the U.S. application fee rises. Some border posts
and embassies may have technical difficulty in producing the 12-month
visa. They may make hand-written annotations on the computer
printed visa. U.S. passports should be valid for a minimum of six
months beyond the date the visa is obtained, whether it is acquired
beforehand or at the port of entry. Also, foreigners are required
to show their passports when entering or exiting Zanzibar.
The web site of the Embassy of Tanzania in Washington, DC states that yellow fever vaccination is required only for persons
from, or those who have visited yellow fever endemic countries.
law is very strict on visa categories. A recurring problem
encountered by Americans is that volunteer activity – even if the
traveler is paying for the volunteer opportunity – is prohibited on a
tourist visa. Americans who are traveling to Tanzania for short
or long term volunteer projects should review their status with the
sponsoring organization before entering the country.
Travelers are reminded to safeguard their U.S. passports while
in Tanzania. Passport loss can lead to delays in departing the
country and can cause disruption of travel. Tanzanian authorities
require that travelers who are not in possession of the visa and entry
stamps obtained upon admission to Tanzania visit the immigration office
prior to departure to regularize their status. Persons attempting
to depart the country without proper documentation may be subject to
fines or delays in departure. Visit the Embassy of Tanzania’s web
site at http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org
for the most current visa information.
See Thailand entry requirements
passport valid for six months beyond the intended date of departure
from Timor-Leste is required. Tourist visas are not required
prior to arrival, but travelers arriving in Timor-Leste without a visa
will need to pay a $30 fee for a 30-day tourist visa. Visas-on-arrival
are no longer available at the land border with Indonesia, so travelers
entering via land borders need to secure a visa in advance. There is an
additional fee for each 30-day renewal of this visa. Visitors
traveling via air must transit Singapore; Darwin, Australia
; or Bali, Indonesia
en route to Timor-Leste.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Timor-Leste.
A passport and Togo visa
are required. Travelers are encouraged to obtain visas prior to
arrival due to recent difficulties in obtaining them at the airport in
Lomé or at some of the land borders. Visas issued in Togo are
limited to 7 days and can take an hour or more to be issued.
Travelers applying for visa extensions can also experience significant
delays. Vaccination against yellow fever is also required before
entry. U.S. citizens should carry copies of their U.S. passports
and vaccination records with them at all times while traveling in Togo
so that, if questioned by local officials, they have proof of identity,
U.S. citizenship, and required vaccinations readily available.
Travelers may obtain additional information from the Embassy of
the Republic of Togo, 2208 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington,
DC 20008; telephone (202) 234-4212. Overseas, inquiries
should be made at the nearest Togolese embassy or consulate.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Togo.
passport and an onward/return ticket are required. Tonga visas are
not required for stays of up to 30 days. Tonga collects a
departure tax. For further information about entry requirements,
travelers, particularly those planning to enter by sea, may wish to
contact the Consulate General of Tonga at 360 Post Street, Suite 604,
San Francisco, California 94108; telephone 415-781-0365. The
Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for
visitors to or foreign residents of Toga.
Trinidad & Tobago
valid passport is required of U.S. citizens for entry to Trinidad and
Tobago. U.S. citizens do not need a Trinidad & Tobago visa
for tourism or business-related visits of 90 days or less. Work
permits are required for compensated and some non-compensated
employment, including missionary work. Visas may be required for
travel for purposes other than business or tourism. For further
information concerning entry, employment and customs requirements,
travelers may contact the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago
, 1708 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, telephone (202) 467-6490, or the Trinidad and Tobago Consulates in
Miami or New York City. Visit the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago’s web site
passport is required. For U.S. passport holders, a visa is not
necessary for stays of up to four months; however, a residence permit
is needed for longer stays. The residence permit can be obtained
from the central police station of the district of residence.
Americans born in the Middle East or with Arabic names have experienced
delays in clearing immigration upon arrival. American citizens of
Tunisian origin are expected to enter and exit Tunisia on their
Tunisian passports. If a Tunisian-American succeeds in entering
using a U.S. passport, he or she will still have to present a Tunisian
passport to exit the country.
further information concerning entry/exit requirements for Tunisia,
travelers may contact the Embassy of Tunisia at 1515 Tunisian/American
children must always have both parents' permission to exit the country,
even if one parent has sole custody.
Turkey Entry Requirements
See the Turkmenistan Entry Requirements
Turks and Caicos
U.S. citizens do not need to obtain visas to enter the Turks and Caicos Islands as tourists for less than 90 days.Air Travel:
All Americans traveling by air outside the United States are required to present a valid U.S. passport to enter or re-enter
the United States.Sea Travel:
As of June 1, 2009, Americans traveling by land or by sea are required
to present either a valid U.S. passport or other valid Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) travel document to enter or
re-enter the United States. Other valid WHTI travel documents include:
passport card, enhanced driver’s license, NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST card.
Sea travelers should also check with their cruise line and countries of
destination for any foreign entry requirements.
for the new U.S. Passport Card are now being accepted. The card may not
be used to travel by air and is available only to U.S. citizens.
Further information on the passport card and upcoming changes to U.S.
passport policy can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs web
site. The U.S. Department of State strongly encourages all American
citizen travelers to apply for a U.S. passport
well in advance of anticipated travel. American citizens can visit
travel.state.gov or call 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for
information on how to apply for their passports.
Visit the Embassy of the United Kingdom web site for the most current visa information.
passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds for the
stay in Tuvalu are required. Visitor permits valid for up to
three months are issued upon arrival. For further information
about entry requirements, travelers may wish to contact the Tuvalu
Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Suite 400 B, 800
2nd Avenue, NY 10017, tel.: (212) 490-0534, fax: (212) 808-4975.
This is particularly true for those persons planning to enter by sea.
A passport valid for six months beyond the date of entry, Uganda visa
and evidence of yellow fever vaccination are required. Travelers
may obtain a Uganda visa before departure through a visa expediter or
directly through the Embassy of Uganda consular services. Effective
July 1, 2016, visas and residency permits are no longer available upon
arrival at Entebbe Airport. All visa and work permit (E-Visa and
E-permits) applications must be completed via the Government of
Uganda’s website. Under the new application process, you must apply
online for all immigration services such as visas, permits, and passes
at least two weeks prior to travel. The fee for a single entry tourist
visa is $100.
should be aware that a visa does not determine how long a person may
remain in Uganda. The Ugandan immigration officer at the port of
entry will determine the length of authorized stay, which is generally
from two weeks to three months as a tourist. Extensions of
duration of stay may be requested at Ugandan immigration headquarters
on Jinja Road in Kampala. Airline companies may also require
travelers to have a visa before boarding. Travelers should obtain
the latest information and details from the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda
at 5911 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011; telephone (202) 726-7100. The Ugandan Embassy may also be contacted by email
. Travelers may also contact the Ugandan Permanent Mission to the
United Nations, telephone (212) 949-0110. Overseas, inquiries may be
made at the nearest Ugandan embassy or consulate.
Ukraine Entry Requirements
United Arab Emirates
U.S. citizens are subject to all UAE immigration laws. U.S. citizens
should familiarize themselves with such laws before traveling to, or
residing in, the UAE.
- Passport Validity: A passport valid for at least six months beyond date of entry is required to enter the UAE.
- Personal travel of 30 days or less: A U.S. citizen with a regular passport may obtain a no fee visitor visa upon arrival.
- Stays longer than 30 days: All travelers must obtain a visa
before arrival in the UAE. Visitors on a 30 day visa may request a visa
extension, which is at the discretion of immigration officials. Anyone
planning to work or study in the UAE must obtain the appropriate visa.
- Medical Exam: A full medical exam is required for work or
residence permits and includes an HIV/AIDS test. Testing must be
performed after arrival; a U.S. HIV/AIDS test is not accepted. U.S.
citizens have been detained and deported for testing positive for HIV
- Travel on Diplomatic or Official Passports: U.S. citizens
traveling to or through the United Arab Emirates on diplomatic or
official passports are required to obtain a visa before travel (transit
passengers only require a visa if exiting the airport). U.S. military
ID cards are not acceptable.
- Land Exit Departure Fee: All travelers who depart the UAE by
land and who are not members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) must
pay a departure fee. The fee is 35 UAE dirhams and is payable only in
the local currency.
Please verify this information with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
before you travel.
The Government of the UAE requires that all persons residing in the
country have a national identification card. U.S. citizens who are
working or living in the UAE should visit the Emirates Identity Authority
website for more information on card registration procedures and requirements.
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A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens wishing to enter the
United Kingdom as tourists. There is no validity requirement for these
passports as long as it is valid for the entire duration of stay.
However, ast least six months remaining validity is recommeded if
transting the UK to other countries in continental Europe. Those
traveling for purposes other than tourism must seek proper information
from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
regarding entry requirements.
The UKVI is implementing a five-tier regulation system that affects
Americans coming to the United Kingdom as well as American citizens and
dependents already in the country. Information on the points-based
system can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
web site. (https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa)
Companies and individuals intending to employ American citizens, or
other nationals from countries beyond the European Economic Area and
Switzerland, are required to apply to the UKVI for a sponsorship
license. Information on the sponsorship license can be found on the UKVI
Educational establishments must also apply for a sponsorship license.
Even American educational institutions that only offer short-term study
abroad programs in their own premises in the United Kingdom to students
who are enrolled in the United States, and who come to the United
Kingdom for one or two semesters before returning home to finish their
degree courses, must apply for a license from the UKVI. Information on
the license for educational establishments can be found on the UKVI
Students and prospective students who intend to stay longer than six
months, and those coming for less than six months but who wish to work
while studying, are required to obtain a student or prospective student
visa before traveling to the United Kingdom. Failure to do so will
result in the student or prospective student being refused entry to the
United Kingdom. Information on student visas can be found on the UK web
site. Students may apply online. Note, too, that charity workers,
religious workers, and other temporary workers, even those performing
unpaid duties, are required to obtain a visa prior to traveling to the
United Kingdom. Information on temporary workers can be found on the UKVI
If travelers or sponsors have any questions about requirements for a
visa, please refer to the UK Visas and Immigration web site.
Travelers must be outside the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man when they make an application for a visa.
It is the traveler's personal responsibility to ensure that
he/she has the appropriate permission to enter the United Kingdom. The
U.S. Embassy in London cannot intervene with any application, nor can
it secure entry on behalf of American citizens who arrive without a
visa when one is required.
All United States citizens entering Uruguay for business or pleasure must have a valid passport. U.S. citizens traveling
on a regular passport do not need a Uruguay visa
for a visit of less than three months. U.S. citizens traveling on
diplomatic or official passports require a visa. Air travelers
are required to pay an airport tax upon departure. This fee may
be paid in U.S. dollars or in Uruguayan pesos. Visit the Embassy of Uruguay
website for the most current visa information.
A passport and Uzbekistan visa
are required. Although official invitation letters are not required for
American citizens applying for tourist visas, they are required for
those planning to visit an individual who resides in Uzbekistan.
Tourist visas cannot be extended in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan visas are
issued by Uzbek embassies and consulates abroad. Travelers can also
authorize a visa expediter to obtain a Uzbekistan visa
for them. Visitors coming from countries where Uzbekistan does not have
diplomatic or consular representation should obtain visas in a third
country. Visas are not available upon arrival at Uzbek airports. The
Embassy has received a number of reports from American citizens who
have had problems obtaining Uzbek visas or who received Uzbek visas
valid for a very limited period, usually for fewer than three months.
Americans seeking visas are encouraged to apply for their visas well in
advance of their travel.
It is important to note that Uzbek visas indicate not only the
validity of the visa, but also the period of time a person is allowed
to stay in Uzbekistan on a given trip. A visitor will have to leave the
country before the number of days indicated as the duration of stay on
the visa expires. Therefore, it is important to indicate your intended
period of stay when applying for your Uzbek visa. American citizens who
are affiliated with a non-governmental organization (NGO) that has been
closed in Uzbekistan may be prevented from entering the country, even
with a valid visa. All travelers, even those simply transiting
Uzbekistan for fewer than 72 hours, must obtain an Uzbek visa before
traveling to Uzbekistan.
Foreigners must complete a customs declaration upon entering
Uzbekistan. The amount of cash taken out of Uzbekistan should not
exceed the amount indicated on the customs declaration. In order to
export more cash than was imported, one must have special permission
from the National Bank of Uzbekistan. Those who understate the amount
of currency on their declaration form upon departure from Uzbekistan
face fines and confiscation of their unreported money.
The Uzbek Government tightly controls all official border
crossings. Travel within Uzbekistan by rail or land sometimes
requires brief exit into neighboring countries. Travelers should have
multiple-entry Uzbek visas and a proper visa for the neighboring
country in order to avoid delays in travel.
Registration after entry: All travelers present in Uzbekistan
for more than three business days must register with the Office of
Entry, Exit, and Citizenship, commonly known as “OVIR.” Hotel guests
are registered automatically, but all other travelers are responsible
for registering themselves. Registration fees vary depending on length
of stay. Visitors without proper registration are subject to fines,
imprisonment, and deportation. The fines range from $1,000 to
$12,000. Uzbekistan restricts religious activities only to
registered religious groups and has strict registration
requirements. Violators of the law’s prohibitions on activities
such as proselytizing, importing, and disseminating religious
literature, and offering private religious instruction are subject to
criminal penalties including deportation.
Further visa information is available from the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan
, 1746 Massachusetts
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036; telephone: (202) 530-7291; fax: (202) 293-9633, or, from the Consulate General of Uzbekistan
in New York City, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 327A, New York, NY 10017;
telephone: (212) 754-7403; fax: (212) 838-9812.
A valid passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds are required. Vanuatu visas
are not required for stays up to 30 days after which an extension of
stay of up to 120 days is possible. For further information on
entry requirements, particularly for those persons planning to enter by
a sailing vessel, please visit the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Vanuatu to the United Nations website
, 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400B, New York, NY 10017, Telephone: (212) 661-4303; fax: (212) 422-3427, (212) 661-5544.
Travelers who plan to transit or visit Australia must enter that
country with an Australian visa or, if eligible, through the Electronic
Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA replaces a visa and allows eligible
travelers a stay of up to three months in Australia. An ETA may be
obtained for a small service fee at http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/
or for quick service you can expedite an Australia visa
. Airlines and many travel agents in the United States are also able to issue ETA’s. Travelers may obtain more information
about the ETA and Australian entry requirements from the Australian Embassy
at 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC
20036, tel. (202) 797-3000.
The Government of Vanuatu does not impose any entry restrictions for persons with the HIV/AIDS virus, as long as they include
the information on the arrival form.
See Italy entry requirements
See Venezuela Entry Requirements
A valid passport and Vietnamese visa
or visa exemption document are required. A visa or visa exemption
document must be obtained from a Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate prior
to traveling to Vietnam. This can be done directly or you can get a Vietnam visa
through a visa expediter. Entry visas are not available upon
arrival. Americans arriving without an appropriate Vietnamese
visa or exemption document will not be permitted to enter, and will be
subject to immediate deportation. Vietnamese visas are usually
valid for only one entry. Persons planning to leave Vietnam and
re-enter from another country should be sure to obtain a visa allowing
Even while in possession of a valid visa, some travelers have
been refused entry to Vietnam. U.S. citizens are cautioned that
Vietnamese immigration regulations require foreigners entering Vietnam
to undertake only the activity for which their visas were issued.
A change in the purpose of your visit requires permission in advance
from the appropriate Vietnamese authority. U.S. citizens whose
stated purpose of travel was tourism, but who engaged in religious
proselytizing have had religious materials confiscated and have been
expelled from Vietnam. An American whose U.S. passport is lost or
stolen in Vietnam must obtain both a replacement passport and a
replacement Vietnamese visa. The U.S. Embassy and Consulate
General can issue limited validity emergency replacement passports in
as little as one day, but the Vietnamese government requires three
working days, not to include the day of application, to issue a
replacement visa. Neither the U.S. Embassy nor the Consulate
General can expedite replacement Vietnamese visas.
Current information on visa and entry requirements may be obtained from the Vietnamese Embassy
1233 20th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, tel:
202-861-0737, fax: 202-861-0917, the Vietnamese Consulate General, 1700
California Street - Suite 430, San Francisco, CA 94109, tel: (415)
922-1707, fax: 415-922-1848, or from the nearest Vietnamese embassy or
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