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.

US Passport Visa-Free Countries 2020

Country Visa Requirements Population 2020
AfghanistanVisa required38,928,346
AlbaniaVisa not required2,877,797
AlgeriaVisa required43,851,044
AndorraVisa not required77,265
Antigua And BarbudaVisa not required97,929
ArgentinaVisa not required45,195,774
ArmeniaVisa not required2,963,243
AustriaVisa not required9,006,398
AzerbaijaneVisa / Visa on arrival10,139,177
BahamasVisa not required393,244
BahraineVisa / Visa on arrival1,701,575
BangladeshVisa on arrival164,689,383
BarbadosVisa not required287,375
BelarusVisa not required9,449,323
BelgiumVisa not required11,589,623
BelizeVisa not required397,628
BhutanVisa required771,608
BoliviaVisa on arrival11,673,021
Bosnia And HerzegovinaVisa not required3,280,819
BotswanaVisa not required2,351,627
BrazilVisa not required212,559,417
BruneiVisa not required437,479
BulgariaVisa not required6,948,445
Burkina FasoVisa on arrival20,903,273
BurundiVisa required11,890,784
CambodiaeVisa / Visa on arrival16,718,965
CameroonVisa required26,545,863
CanadaVisa not required37,742,154
Cape VerdeVisa on arrival555,987
Central African RepublicVisa not required4,829,767
ChadVisa required16,425,864
ChileVisa not required19,116,201
ChinaVisa required1,439,323,776
ColombiaVisa not required50,882,891
ComorosVisa on arrival869,601
Costa RicaVisa not required5,094,118
CroatiaVisa not required4,105,267
CubaVisa required11,326,616
CyprusVisa not required1,207,359
Czech RepublicVisa not required10,708,981
DenmarkVisa not required5,792,202
DominicaVisa not required71,986
Dominican RepublicVisa not required10,847,910
Dr CongoVisa required89,561,403
EcuadorVisa not required17,643,054
EgypteVisa / Visa on arrival102,334,404
El SalvadorVisa not required6,486,205
Equatorial GuineaVisa not required1,402,985
EritreaVisa required3,546,421
EstoniaVisa not required1,326,535
EthiopiaeVisa / Visa on arrival114,963,588
FijiVisa not required896,445
FinlandVisa not required5,540,720
FranceVisa not required65,273,511
GaboneVisa / Visa on arrival2,225,734
GambiaVisa required2,416,668
GeorgiaVisa not required3,989,167
GermanyVisa not required83,783,942
GhanaVisa required31,072,940
GreeceVisa not required10,423,054
GrenadaVisa not required112,523
GuatemalaVisa not required17,915,568
GuineaVisa required13,132,795
Guinea BissaueVisa / Visa on arrival1,968,001
GuyanaVisa not required786,552
HaitiVisa not required11,402,528
HondurasVisa not required9,904,607
HungaryVisa not required9,660,351
IcelandVisa not required341,243
IndonesiaVisa not required273,523,615
IranVisa required83,992,949
IraqVisa required40,222,493
IrelandVisa not required4,937,786
IsraelVisa not required8,655,535
ItalyVisa not required60,461,826
Ivory CoasteVisa26,378,274
JamaicaVisa not required2,961,167
JapanVisa not required126,476,461
JordanVisa on arrival10,203,134
KazakhstanVisa not required18,776,707
KenyaeVisa / Visa on arrival53,771,296
KiribatiVisa not required119,449
KuwaiteVisa / Visa on arrival4,270,571
KyrgyzstanVisa not required6,524,195
LaoseVisa / Visa on arrival7,275,560
LatviaVisa not required1,886,198
LebanonVisa on arrival6,825,445
LesothoVisa not required2,142,249
LiberiaVisa required5,057,681
LibyaVisa required6,871,292
LiechtensteinVisa not required38,128
LithuaniaVisa not required2,722,289
LuxembourgVisa not required625,978
MadagascareVisa / Visa on arrival27,691,018
MalawiVisa on arrival19,129,952
MalaysiaVisa not required32,365,999
MaldivesVisa on arrival540,544
MaliVisa required20,250,833
MaltaVisa not required441,543
Marshall IslandsVisa not required59,190
MauritaniaVisa on arrival4,649,658
MauritiusVisa not required1,271,768
MexicoVisa not required128,932,753
MicronesiaVisa not required115,023
MoldovaVisa not required4,033,963
MonacoVisa not required39,242
MongoliaVisa not required3,278,290
MontenegroVisa not required628,066
MoroccoVisa not required36,910,560
MozambiqueVisa on arrival31,255,435
NamibiaVisa not required2,540,905
NauruVisa required10,824
NepalVisa on arrival29,136,808
NetherlandsVisa not required17,134,872
New ZealandVisa not required4,822,233
NicaraguaVisa not required6,624,554
NigerVisa required24,206,644
NigeriaVisa required206,139,589
NorwayVisa not required5,421,241
PalauVisa not required18,094
PanamaVisa not required4,314,767
Papua New GuineaeVisa / Visa on arrival8,947,024
ParaguayVisa on arrival7,132,538
PeruVisa not required32,971,854
PhilippinesVisa not required109,581,078
PolandVisa not required37,846,611
PortugalVisa not required10,196,709
QatarVisa not required2,881,053
Republic Of The CongoVisa required5,518,087
RomaniaVisa not required19,237,691
RussiaVisa required145,934,462
RwandaeVisa / Visa on arrival12,952,218
Saint Kitts And NevisVisa not required53,199
Saint LuciaVisa not required183,627
Saint Vincent And The GrenadinesVisa not required110,940
SamoaVisa not required198,414
San MarinoVisa not required33,931
Sao Tome And PrincipeVisa not required219,159
Saudi ArabiaVisa required34,813,871
SenegalVisa not required16,743,927
SerbiaVisa not required8,737,371
SeychellesVisa on arrival98,347
Sierra LeoneVisa on arrival7,976,983
SingaporeVisa not required5,850,342
SlovakiaVisa not required5,459,642
SloveniaVisa not required2,078,938
Solomon IslandsVisa on arrival686,884
SomaliaVisa on arrival15,893,222
South AfricaVisa not required59,308,690
South KoreaVisa not required51,269,185
South SudanVisa required11,193,725
SpainVisa not required46,754,778
Sri LankaeVisa / Visa on arrival21,413,249
SudanVisa required43,849,260
SurinameeVisa / Visa on arrival586,632
SwedenVisa not required10,099,265
SwitzerlandVisa not required8,654,622
SyriaVisa required17,500,658
TanzaniaeVisa / Visa on arrival59,734,218
ThailandVisa not required69,799,978
TogoVisa on arrival8,278,724
TongaVisa on arrival105,695
Trinidad And TobagoVisa not required1,399,488
TunisiaVisa not required11,818,619
TurkmenistanVisa required6,031,200
TuvaluVisa on arrival11,792
UgandaeVisa / Visa on arrival45,741,007
UkraineVisa not required43,733,762
United Arab EmiratesVisa on arrival9,890,402
United KingdomVisa not required67,886,011
UruguayVisa not required3,473,730
VanuatuVisa not required307,145
VenezuelaVisa required28,435,940
YemenVisa required29,825,964
ZambiaeVisa / Visa on arrival18,383,955
ZimbabweeVisa / Visa on arrival14,862,924