US Passport Visa-Free Countries 2022

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A United States passport is a powerful document to have, ranking 7th in terms of travel freedom according to the 2021 Henley Passport Index. The Henley Passport Index is a global ranking of countries' passports according to the travel freedom they afford their holders. The U.S. passport is tied for 7th place with passports from several other countries: Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Where can U.S. passport holders travel visa-free?

As of October 1, 2021, US citizens can travel visa-free to 185 countries and territories (though a few require a visa on arrival). Note, however, that some of these countries do implement stiffer requirements after one has stayed a certain length of time—typically 30, 60, 90, or 180 days.

Perhaps most importantly considering Europe's popularity as a vacation destination, US citizens do not need a tourist visa to enter any of the 27 countries of the European Union—or the United Kingdom, which recently left the EU.

Countries that still require a visa ... and possibly something more

In countries where visas are required, travelers must typically pay registration fees, departure taxes, and travel fees. For example, if a U.S. citizen wants to travel to Russia, a visa is required, can take up to three weeks to process, and costs $139.

Many countries require potential visitors to be fingerprinted and photographed. Additionally, countries including Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Niger, require an International Certificate of Vaccination. This practice has become particularly prevalent since the global COVID-19 pandemic that began in early 2020.

Finally, some countries screen potential visitors based upon their previous destinations. In Libya, Sudan, and Syria, anyone with Israeli entry or exit stamps on their passport may be denied entry into the country.

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

Which country is off-limits to U.S. citizens?

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. To travel to North Korea, US passport holders need to obtain a special passport validation from the United States government.

Always double-check before departure

Before traveling, it is necessary to check the visa requirements of one's destination. It's also important to check any travel advisories a country might have, which are issued by the U.S. Department of State for unsafe countries.

US Passport Visa-Free Countries 2022

Country Visa Requirements Travel Advisory Level 2022 Population
AfghanistanRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel40,754,388
AlbaniaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel2,866,374
AlgeriaRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel45,350,148
American SamoaETA55,030
AndorraNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel77,463
AngolaRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel35,027,343
AnguillaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel15,230
Antigua And BarbudaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel99,509
ArgentinaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel46,010,234
ArmeniaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel2,971,966
ArubaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel107,609
AustraliaETALevel 3: Reconsider Travel26,068,792
AustriaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel9,066,710
AzerbaijanRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel10,300,205
BahamasNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel400,516
BahrainOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel1,783,983
BangladeshOn ArrivalLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution167,885,689
BarbadosNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel288,023
BelarusRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel9,432,800
BelgiumNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel11,668,278
BelizeNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel412,190
BeninRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel12,784,726
BermudaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel61,939
BhutanRequiredLevel 1: Exercise Normal Precautions787,941
BoliviaOn ArrivalLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution11,992,656
Bosnia And HerzegovinaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel3,249,317
BotswanaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel2,441,162
BrazilNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel215,353,593
British Virgin IslandsNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel30,596
BruneiNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel445,431
BulgariaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel6,844,597
Burkina FasoOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel22,102,838
BurundiRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel12,624,840
CambodiaOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel17,168,639
CameroonRequiredLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution27,911,548
CanadaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel38,388,419
Cayman IslandsNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel67,277
Central African RepublicNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel5,016,678
ChadRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel17,413,580
ChileNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel19,250,195
ChinaRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel1,448,471,400
ColombiaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel51,512,762
Cook IslandsNot Required17,571
Costa RicaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel5,182,354
CroatiaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel4,059,286
CubaRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel11,305,652
CuracaoNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel165,529
CyprusNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel1,223,387
Czech RepublicNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel10,736,784
DenmarkNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel5,834,950
DjiboutiRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel1,016,097
DominicaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel72,344
Dominican RepublicNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel11,056,370
DR CongoRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel95,240,792
EcuadorNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel18,113,361
EgyptOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel106,156,692
El SalvadorNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel6,550,389
Equatorial GuineaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel1,496,662
EritreaRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel3,662,244
EstoniaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel1,321,910
EswatiniNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel1,184,817
EthiopiaOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel120,812,698
Falkland IslandsNot Required3,539
Faroe IslandsNot Required49,233
FijiNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel909,466
FinlandNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel5,554,960
FranceNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel65,584,518
French GuianaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel314,169
French PolynesiaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel284,164
GabonOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel2,331,533
GambiaOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel2,558,482
GeorgiaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel3,968,738
GermanyNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel83,883,596
GhanaRequiredLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution32,395,450
GibraltarNot Required33,704
GreeceNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel10,316,637
GreenlandNot Required56,973
GrenadaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel113,475
GuamNot Required171,519
GuatemalaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel18,584,039
GuineaRequiredLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution13,865,691
Guinea BissauOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel2,063,367
GuyanaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel794,045
HaitiNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel11,680,283
HondurasNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel10,221,247
Hong KongNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel7,604,299
HungaryNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel9,606,259
IcelandNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel345,393
IndiaRequiredLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution1,406,631,776
IndonesiaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel279,134,505
IranRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel86,022,837
IraqNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel42,164,965
IrelandNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel5,020,199
IsraelNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel8,922,892
ItalyNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel60,262,770
Ivory CoastRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel27,742,298
JamaicaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel2,985,094
JapanNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel125,584,838
JordanOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel10,300,869
KazakhstanNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel19,205,043
KenyaRequiredLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution56,215,221
KiribatiNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel123,419
KuwaitOn ArrivalLevel 1: Exercise Normal Precautions4,380,326
KyrgyzstanNot RequiredLevel 1: Exercise Normal Precautions6,728,271
LaosOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel7,481,023
LatviaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel1,848,837
LebanonOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel6,684,849
LesothoNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel2,175,699
LiberiaRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel5,305,117
LibyaRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel7,040,745
LiechtensteinNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel38,387
LithuaniaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel2,661,708
LuxembourgNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel642,371
MadagascarOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel29,178,077
MalawiOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel20,180,839
MalaysiaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel33,181,072
MaldivesOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel540,985
MaliRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel21,473,764
MaltaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel444,033
Marshall IslandsNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel60,057
MauritaniaOn ArrivalLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution4,901,981
MauritiusNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel1,274,727
MayotteNot Required286,259
MexicoNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel131,562,772
MicronesiaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel117,489
MoldovaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel4,013,171
MonacoNot Required39,783
MongoliaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel3,378,078
MontenegroNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel627,950
MontserratNot RequiredLevel 1: Exercise Normal Precautions4,965
MoroccoNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel37,772,756
MozambiqueOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel33,089,461
MyanmarRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel55,227,143
NamibiaNot RequiredLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution2,633,874
NauruRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel10,903
NepalOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel30,225,582
NetherlandsNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel17,211,447
New CaledoniaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel290,915
New ZealandETALevel 3: Reconsider Travel4,898,203
NicaraguaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel6,779,100
NigerRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel26,083,660
NigeriaRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel216,746,934
NiueNot Required1,622
North KoreaForbiddenLevel 4: Do Not Travel25,990,679
North MacedoniaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel2,081,304
Northern Mariana IslandsNot Required58,269
NorwayNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel5,511,370
OmanNot RequiredLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution5,323,993
PakistanRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel229,488,994
PalestineNot Required5,345,541
PanamaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel4,446,964
Papua New GuineaOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel9,292,169
ParaguayOn ArrivalLevel 1: Exercise Normal Precautions7,305,843
PeruNot RequiredLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution33,684,208
PhilippinesNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel112,508,994
PolandNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel37,739,785
PortugalNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel10,140,570
Puerto RicoNot Required2,829,812
QatarNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel2,979,915
Republic of the CongoRequiredLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution5,797,805
ReunionNot Required908,061
RomaniaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel19,031,335
RwandaOn ArrivalLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution13,600,464
Saint Kitts And NevisNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel53,871
Saint LuciaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel185,113
Saint Vincent And the GrenadinesNot Required111,551
SamoaOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel202,239
San MarinoNot Required34,085
Sao Tome And PrincipeNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel227,679
Saudi ArabiaOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel35,844,909
SenegalNot RequiredLevel 1: Exercise Normal Precautions17,653,671
SerbiaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel8,653,016
SeychellesOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel99,426
Sierra LeoneOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel8,306,436
SingaporeNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel5,943,546
SlovakiaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel5,460,193
SloveniaNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel2,078,034
Solomon IslandsOn Arrival721,159
SomaliaOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel16,841,795
South AfricaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel60,756,135
South KoreaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel51,329,899
South SudanRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel11,618,511
SpainNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel46,719,142
Sri LankaETALevel 3: Reconsider Travel21,575,842
SudanRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel45,992,020
SurinameRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel596,831
SwedenNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel10,218,971
SwitzerlandNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel8,773,637
SyriaRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel19,364,809
TaiwanNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel23,888,595
TajikistanOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel9,957,464
TanzaniaOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel63,298,550
ThailandNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel70,078,203
Timor LesteOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel1,369,429
TogoOn ArrivalLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution8,680,837
TongaOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel107,749
Trinidad And TobagoNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel1,406,585
TunisiaNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel12,046,656
TurkeyRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel85,561,976
TurkmenistanRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel6,201,943
Turks And Caicos IslandsNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel39,741
TuvaluOn ArrivalLevel 4: Do Not Travel12,066
UgandaOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel48,432,863
UkraineNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel43,192,122
United Arab EmiratesOn ArrivalLevel 3: Reconsider Travel10,081,785
United KingdomNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel68,497,907
UruguayNot RequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel3,496,016
UzbekistanNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel34,382,084
VanuatuNot RequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel321,832
Vatican CityNot Required799
VenezuelaRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel29,266,991
VietnamRequiredLevel 3: Reconsider Travel98,953,541
YemenRequiredLevel 4: Do Not Travel31,154,867
ZambiaOn ArrivalLevel 1: Exercise Normal Precautions19,470,234
ZimbabweOn ArrivalLevel 2: Exercise Increased Caution15,331,428

US Passport Visa-Free Countries 2022