US Passport Visa-Free Countries 2020

A United States passport is a powerful document to have, ranking 6th in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index. The Henley Passport Index is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom of their citizens. The US passport is tied with Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Greece, and Ireland.

As of October 1, 2019, US citizens have access to 184 countries and territories without a travel visa or with a visa on arrival. Of the countries that do not require a travel visa, some have different time frames after which a passport is required. These time frames can be 30, 60, 90, or 180 days and so on or unlimited. Because of the high number of countries that US citizens can travel to without a visa, it's simpler to mention some of the ones that do require a visa.

US citizens do not need a tourist visa to enter any of the 28 countries that are European Union members. This includes the United Kingdom, which is possibly leaving the European Union, and US citizens will not need a visa either way. If a US citizen wants to travel to Russia, however, a visa is required, can take up to three weeks to process, and costs $139.

In countries where visas are required, travelers are subject to registration fees, departure taxes and fees, fingerprinting, and being photographed. Additionally, some countries, such as Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Niger, require an International Certificate of Vaccination. In Libya, Sudan, and Syria, anyone with Israeli entry or exit stamps on their passport may be denied entry into the country.

China requires a travel visa for US citizens. The application must include travel dates, itinerary, and proof of onward travel out of China and the application must be typed with no handwritten corrections. Additionally, every visitor between the ages of 14 and 70 is fingerprinted upon arrival and departure.

US citizens are not permitted to travel to North Korea, with or without a visa. The travel ban took effect in 2017 after a United States student died after being released from a North Korean prison. Failure to adhere to the rules can result in criminal penalties and having one’s passport revoked. In order to travel to North Korea, US passport holders would need to obtain a special passport validation from the United States government.

Before traveling, it is necessary to check the visa requirements of one’s destination. Below is a table of the visa requirements for each country, including countries that do not require one.

Country Visa Requirements Population 2019
AfghanistanVisa required38,041,754
AlbaniaVisa not required2,880,917
AlgeriaVisa required43,053,054
AndorraVisa not required77,142
Antigua And BarbudaVisa not required97,118
ArgentinaVisa not required44,780,677
ArmeniaVisa not required2,957,731
AustriaVisa not required8,955,102
AzerbaijaneVisa / Visa on arrival10,047,718
BahamasVisa not required389,482
BahraineVisa / Visa on arrival1,641,172
BangladeshVisa on arrival163,046,161
BarbadosVisa not required287,025
BelarusVisa not required9,452,411
BelgiumVisa not required11,539,328
BelizeVisa not required390,353
BhutanVisa required763,092
BoliviaVisa on arrival11,513,100
Bosnia And HerzegovinaVisa not required3,301,000
BotswanaVisa not required2,303,697
BrazilVisa not required211,049,527
BruneiVisa not required433,285
BulgariaVisa not required7,000,119
Burkina FasoVisa on arrival20,321,378
BurundiVisa required11,530,580
CambodiaeVisa / Visa on arrival16,486,542
CameroonVisa required25,876,380
CanadaVisa not required37,411,047
Cape VerdeVisa on arrival549,935
Central African RepublicVisa not required4,745,185
ChadVisa required15,946,876
ChileVisa not required18,952,038
ChinaVisa required1,433,783,686
ColombiaVisa not required50,339,443
ComorosVisa on arrival850,886
Costa RicaVisa not required5,047,561
CroatiaVisa not required4,130,304
CubaVisa required11,333,483
CyprusVisa not required1,198,575
Czech RepublicVisa not required10,689,209
DenmarkVisa not required5,771,876
DominicaVisa not required71,808
Dominican RepublicVisa not required10,738,958
Dr CongoVisa required86,790,567
EcuadorVisa not required17,373,662
EgypteVisa / Visa on arrival100,388,073
El SalvadorVisa not required6,453,553
Equatorial GuineaVisa not required1,355,986
EritreaVisa required3,497,117
EstoniaVisa not required1,325,648
EthiopiaeVisa / Visa on arrival112,078,730
FijiVisa not required889,953
FinlandVisa not required5,532,156
FranceVisa not required65,129,728
GaboneVisa / Visa on arrival2,172,579
GambiaVisa required2,347,706
GeorgiaVisa not required3,996,765
GermanyVisa not required83,517,045
GhanaVisa required30,417,856
GreeceVisa not required10,473,455
GrenadaVisa not required112,003
GuatemalaVisa not required17,581,472
GuineaVisa required12,771,246
Guinea BissaueVisa / Visa on arrival1,920,922
GuyanaVisa not required782,766
HaitiVisa not required11,263,077
HondurasVisa not required9,746,117
HungaryVisa not required9,684,679
IcelandVisa not required339,031
IndonesiaVisa not required270,625,568
IranVisa required82,913,906
IraqVisa required39,309,783
IrelandVisa not required4,882,495
IsraelVisa not required8,519,377
ItalyVisa not required60,550,075
Ivory CoasteVisa25,716,544
JamaicaVisa not required2,948,279
JapanVisa not required126,860,301
JordanVisa on arrival10,101,694
KazakhstanVisa not required18,551,427
KenyaeVisa / Visa on arrival52,573,973
KiribatiVisa not required117,606
KuwaiteVisa / Visa on arrival4,207,083
KyrgyzstanVisa not required6,415,850
LaoseVisa / Visa on arrival7,169,455
LatviaVisa not required1,906,743
LebanonVisa on arrival6,855,713
LesothoVisa not required2,125,268
LiberiaVisa required4,937,374
LibyaVisa required6,777,452
LiechtensteinVisa not required38,019
LithuaniaVisa not required2,759,627
LuxembourgVisa not required615,729
MadagascareVisa / Visa on arrival26,969,307
MalawiVisa on arrival18,628,747
MalaysiaVisa not required31,949,777
MaldivesVisa on arrival530,953
MaliVisa required19,658,031
MaltaVisa not required440,372
Marshall IslandsVisa not required58,791
MauritaniaVisa on arrival4,525,696
MauritiusVisa not required1,269,668
MexicoVisa not required127,575,529
MicronesiaVisa not required113,815
MoldovaVisa not required4,043,263
MonacoVisa not required38,964
MongoliaVisa not required3,225,167
MontenegroVisa not required627,987
MoroccoVisa not required36,471,769
MozambiqueVisa on arrival30,366,036
NamibiaVisa not required2,494,530
NauruVisa required10,756
NepalVisa on arrival28,608,710
NetherlandsVisa not required17,097,130
New ZealandVisa not required4,783,063
NicaraguaVisa not required6,545,502
NigerVisa required23,310,715
NigeriaVisa required200,963,599
NorwayVisa not required5,378,857
PalauVisa not required18,008
PanamaVisa not required4,246,439
Papua New GuineaeVisa / Visa on arrival8,776,109
ParaguayVisa on arrival7,044,636
PeruVisa not required32,510,453
PhilippinesVisa not required108,116,615
PolandVisa not required37,887,768
PortugalVisa not required10,226,187
QatarVisa not required2,832,067
Republic Of The CongoVisa required5,380,508
RomaniaVisa not required19,364,557
RussiaVisa required145,872,256
RwandaeVisa / Visa on arrival12,626,950
Saint Kitts And NevisVisa not required52,823
Saint LuciaVisa not required182,790
Saint Vincent And The GrenadinesVisa not required110,589
SamoaVisa not required197,097
San MarinoVisa not required33,860
Sao Tome And PrincipeVisa not required215,056
Saudi ArabiaVisa required34,268,528
SenegalVisa not required16,296,364
SerbiaVisa not required8,772,235
SeychellesVisa on arrival97,739
Sierra LeoneVisa on arrival7,813,215
SingaporeVisa not required5,804,337
SlovakiaVisa not required5,457,013
SloveniaVisa not required2,078,654
Solomon IslandsVisa on arrival669,823
SomaliaVisa on arrival15,442,905
South AfricaVisa not required58,558,270
South KoreaVisa not required51,225,308
South SudanVisa required11,062,113
SpainVisa not required46,736,776
Sri LankaeVisa / Visa on arrival21,323,733
SudanVisa required42,813,238
SurinameeVisa / Visa on arrival581,372
SwedenVisa not required10,036,379
SwitzerlandVisa not required8,591,365
SyriaVisa required17,070,135
TanzaniaeVisa / Visa on arrival58,005,463
ThailandVisa not required69,625,582
TogoVisa on arrival8,082,366
TongaVisa on arrival104,494
Trinidad And TobagoVisa not required1,394,973
TunisiaVisa not required11,694,719
TurkmenistanVisa required5,942,089
TuvaluVisa on arrival11,646
UgandaeVisa / Visa on arrival44,269,594
UkraineVisa not required43,993,638
United Arab EmiratesVisa on arrival9,770,529
United KingdomVisa not required67,530,172
UruguayVisa not required3,461,734
VanuatuVisa not required299,882
VenezuelaVisa required28,515,829
YemenVisa required29,161,922
ZambiaeVisa / Visa on arrival17,861,030
ZimbabweeVisa / Visa on arrival14,645,468