Visa Waiver Countries 2021

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What Is the Visa Waiver Program?

The Visa Waiver Program is a program that the United States participates in with other foreign countries that allows nationals from certain countries or territories to enter the US without a visa for up to 90 days. Nationals are permitted to enter the United States for tourism or business. This program for travel applies to all 50 states in the United States, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. American Samoa does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program but instead has its own unique program under similar regulations.

What Documents Are Required?

All travelers arriving in the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must have a biometric passport (exceptions for children traveling with parents are made.) Further, participants must apply for the VWP online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization program. If a person has recently traveled to a non-approved country or owns dual citizenship to a non-approved country, they may be denied entry to the United States. Non-approved countries include North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Somalia, among others. This restriction is waived for journalists and diplomats arriving in the United States, however.

How Are Countries Made Eligible for the Program?

Several worldwide countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program with the United States. In general, these countries have a high-income economy, are considered a developed country, and have a high Human-Development Index rating. Most Western European countries are included in the program, including Germany, Greece, France, and the United Kingdom. Other countries, such as Chile, New Zealand, Australia, and Iceland, are also included. In total, the United States allows nationals from 40 different nations and territories to enter the United States without a Visa for a minimum of 90 days and a maximum of six months.

Are There Restrictions?

Restrictions surrounding a person's intention to enter the company with the Visa Waiver Program exist for specific situations. A person is not allowed to extend their stay beyond 90 days. Further, a person can be denied entry upon arrival in the country by an officer, with no path for appeal. A person also has limitations on what business they can conduct within the United States. While attending business meetings, training and conferences are generally allowed, a person is prevented from partaking in activities that create "gainful employment." However, categorizing activity into this realm is subject at best with hazy qualifications and definitions. A person may also be denied entry if they have been of a crime in their own country.

Visa Waiver Countries 2021

Country 2021 Population
Japan126,050,804
Germany83,900,473
United Kingdom68,207,116
France65,426,179
Italy60,367,477
South Korea51,305,186
Spain46,745,216
Poland37,797,005
Australia25,788,215
Taiwan23,855,010
Chile19,212,361
Netherlands17,173,099
Belgium11,632,326
Czech Republic10,724,555
Greece10,370,744
Portugal10,167,925
Sweden10,160,169
Hungary9,634,164
Austria9,043,070
Switzerland8,715,494
Singapore5,896,686
Denmark5,813,298
Finland5,548,360
Norway5,465,630
Slovakia5,460,721
Ireland4,982,907
New Zealand4,860,643
Croatia4,081,651
Lithuania2,689,862
Slovenia2,078,724
Latvia1,866,942
Estonia1,325,185
Luxembourg634,814
Malta442,784
Brunei441,532
Iceland343,353
Andorra77,355
Monaco39,511
Liechtenstein38,250
San Marino34,017

Visa Waiver Countries 2021