Entry requirements for Americans: US citizens require passports. No visas are required for stays of up to three months.
Entry requirements for UK nationals: UK nationals require a passport valid for duration of stay. But under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), British passport holders do not require a visa for holiday, transit, or business purposes, provided they check into the US government ESTA website at least 72 hours prior to departure, the stay does not exceed 90 days, and a return or onward ticket is held. UK passport holders require a valid passport for entry into the United States. Passports endorsed 'British Citizen' must be valid for duration of stay; passports with any other endorsement must be valid for six months beyond period of intended stay. Those holding passports with endorsements other than 'British Citizen' should confirm visa requirements.
Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadians do not require a visa, only a valid passport. Visitors should hold tickets and documents required for return or onward destination.
Entry requirements for Australians: Australian nationals require a passport valid for duration of stay, but do not require a visa for touristic stays of up to 90 days. A valid machine-readable passport and a return or onward ticket is required, and Australians must check into the US government ESTA website prior to departure.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans must hold a passport valid for duration of stay, and a visa is required. Visitors must have return or onward tickets and the necessary documents for further travel.
Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand nationals require a passport valid for duration of stay, but do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. A machine-readable passport and a return or onward ticket is required, and New Zealanders must check into the US government ESTA website prior to departure.
Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish nationals require a passport valid for duration of stay, but do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. A machine-readable passport and return or onward tickets are required, and Irish nationals must check into the US government ESTA website prior to departure.
Passport/Visa Note: It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Visa is required for short visits unless travelers qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of certain countries to travel to the US for a stay of up to 90 days without a visa. Visitors under the VWP need to register online three days before travel and have an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). This allows the US government to screen all visitors before travel. Visitors entering the country under the VWP must have a machine-readable passport (MRP) that has a barcode on the photo page. Travellers under the VWP must have passports that include biometrics if they wish to enter the country without a visa, which means that passports must contain unique personal data such as fingerprints or iris details. All passports must contain a digital photo image in order to travel visa-free. All visitors to the USA have a photograph and two fingerprints taken by an inkless scanner on arrival, including those travelling visa-free under the VWP. As part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), all travellers travelling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean region are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States. If departing from the USA, a valid passport is required by immigration authorities. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.
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