Visa Waiver Program General Information: The Visa Waiver Program enables
citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or
business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The program was
established in 1986 with the objective of promoting better relations between the
United States and its allies, eliminating unnecessary barriers to travel,
stimulating the tourism industry, and permitting the Department of State to
focus consular resources in other areas. Visa Waiver eligible travelers may
continue to apply for a United States Visa if they prefer, but it is not
required for stays up to 90 days. The Visa Waiver Program requires all travelers
to have a machine-readable passport in addition to other requirements described
in the Visa Waiver Program Information Guide.
Visa Waiver Program Eligibility Requirements: Not all citizens of Visa Waiver
countries are eligible to enter the United States Visa-free under the Visa
Waiver Program. Some applicants might be required to apply for a
Visa or a B-2 Tourist Visa in order to visit the United States. Additional
information can be found in the Visa Waiver information guide.