Countries That Allow Visa On Arrival For US Citizens

By Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar on Jan 09, 2019
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If you are a US citizen or a US passport holder, traveling is way easier than imagined. A staggering number of 186 countries do not ask for a travel visa or offer a visa on arrival for US citizens. So, here is the list of countries where you can go for a vacation without getting worked up about all the visa paperwork. When these countries are welcoming you with open arms, what are you waiting for? Hop on a plane and be a wanderer! 

  • Angola 
  • Australia 
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin 
  • Bolivia 
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia 
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt 
  • Ethiopia 
  • Gabon 
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India 
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi 
  • Maldives
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu 
  • Uganda
  • UAE
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

 Read on to know every detail like permissible stay, extendable duration, and e-Visa procedure -

1. Angola - e-Visa

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Angola is a Southern African country that combines tropical Atlantic beaches with Sub-Saharan desert. 

It grants a visa on arrival for 30 days and can be extended up to 90 days maximum. Keep in mind that you must have a return ticket and an accommodation confirmation while entering the country. 

2. Australia - Electronic Travel Authority

A country of art, culture, history, and heritage, Australia is also known for its geographical beauty and wilderness. And surprisingly, visa requirements for US citizens are also basic. Read about some of the best things to do in Australia before planning your trip. 

To visit Australia, you will need to apply for Electronic Travel Authority which will allow you a stay of 90 days for 12 months period. 

3. Azerbaijan - e-Visa / Visa on arrival

Azerbaijan is a country that must be visited for its unique culture and fascinating past. 

US passport holders, only if taking a direct flight of Azerbaijan Airlines from New York City, are allowed to stay in Azerbaijan for 30 days. But, if you are planning to stay for more than 10 days, then register at the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan is necessary. 

4. Bahrain - e-Visa / Visa on arrival

Who wouldn’t love staying in a country like Bahrain to explore its bustling traditional markets as well as archeological sites? Its different islands offering water activities are perfect for travelers. 

US citizens can avail 14 days visa on arrival to enter Bahrain. This visa can also be obtained online. 

5. Bangladesh - Visa on arrival

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Bangladesh is a country that is heavily dependent upon tourism. 

30 days visa on arrival can be obtained at Shahjalal International Airport, Osmani International Airport, and Shah Amanat International Airport. 

6. Benin - e-Visa

A small country like Benin in West Africa is often visited for work purposes and sometimes for tourism.

A visa on arrival in Benin is likely for 30 days and is available only if you have an International Certificate of Vaccination. 

7. Bolivia - Visa on arrival 

Bolivia is a country often visited by outdoor lovers and adventure enthusiasts. 

The US passport holders will get a visa on arrival for 90 days with a validity of 10 years. Remember that you will have to pay USD 160 approximately as a reciprocal fee. 

8. Brazil - e-Visa

Brazil is one of the most-visited destinations by US citizens and its rugged, vibrant natural areas are the key attractions. Be it a leisure vacation or a business holiday, Brazil is perfect for everything.

You can enter Brazil for 90 days, provided you have cleared the e-Visa procedure. The visa has a validity of 2 years. 

9. Burkina Faso - Visa on arrival 

Burkina Faso is one of the lesser-known tourist destinations in West Africa. 

If you have an International Certificate of Vaccination, then you will get a visa on arrival for a period of 1 month

10. Cambodia - e-Visa / Visa on arrival

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Cambodia is amongst the tourist hotspots in Southeast Asia. It is an ancient kingdom that is yet to transform into a modern world. What are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Cambodia right away! 

Cambodia visa for US citizens on arrival allows a stay of 30 days. You will need a passport that is valid for 6 more months at least. 

11. Cape Verde - Visa on arrival

Cape Verde is nestled off the northwest coast of Africa on a volcanic archipelago. The picturesque beaches have become its identity. 

A single entry visa on arrival allows you to stay in Cape Verde for up to 90 days and is valid for 5 years. Remember that if you are arriving from Africa, you will need to show an International Certificate of Vaccination.

12. Comoros - Visa on arrival 

Comoros in East Africa is still a country that is not known to many tourists. 

When you are visiting Comoros, you will get a visa on arrival for 90 days. You will also need to provide a return ticket while entering the country. 

13. Côte d'Ivoire - e-Visa

Côte d'Ivoire or Ivory Coast is a West African country with a turbulent history and rising tourism industry. 

When you have applied for e-Visa, you have to arrive on Ivory Coast via Port Bouet Airport. The visa allows you a stay of 30 days and is valid for 90 days. 

14. Djibouti - e-Visa 

Djibouti is a country of unique culture, expansive wildlife, and rising modern cities.

Obtaining e-Visa will allow you to stay in Djibouti for 31 days with permission to enter a country multiple times. Most of the times, a visa is valid for one year.

15. Egypt - e-Visa / Visa on arrival

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Egypt, the country of colossal, ancient pyramids, welcomes millions of tourists every year. Do not all the fascinating places to visit in Egypt and make the best of your time.

When you visit Egypt, e-Visa or visa on arrival for 30 days is issued. You will need to pay around USD 25 for a single-entry visa and around USD 60 for a multiple-entry visa. If you are arriving at Sharm El Sheikh, Taba, or Saint Catherine airports and staying in the Sinai resorts, then you do not need a visa for up to 15 days.

16. Ethiopia - e-Visa / Visa on arrival 

The number of tourists visiting Ethiopia is rising every year. Its diverse ethnicity marks the country different than other African parts. 

You must arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport for an e-Visa or visa on arrival. These are available for 30 to 90 days considering your passport is valid for 6 months after the date you are leaving Ethiopia. 

17. Gabon - e-Visa / Visa on arrival

Gabon is a young African country that is yet to be developed as a tourist destination. 

A single-entry visa can be obtained when arriving at Libreville International Airport that lets you stay in Gabon for up to 90 days. A fee of around USD 80 needs to be paid. 

18. Guinea-Bissau - e-Visa / Visa on arrival 

Getting a visa for visiting Guinea-Bissau is still a complicated process as Guinea-Bissau embassies are fewer.

You need to apply for a visa online in advance and it will be issued on arrival for a stay of 90 days.  

19. India - e-Visa 

Visiting a diverse and bustling country like India is a real treat for travelers. 

If you are a US passport holder, you get a multiple-entry tourist visa valid for 10 years that allows a stay of 60 days twice a year. You will have to arrive at one of the 26 designated airports or 3 designated seaports and will have to pay a fee of around USD 80. 

20. Jordan - Visa on arrival

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Jordan, which was a major tourist attraction once, has been affected by internal regional conflicts in recent years. 

Queen Alia International Airport and almost all the international entry points in Jordan offer visa on arrival for 30 days. Keep in mind that it is a single-entry visa. 

21. Kenya - e-Visa / Visa on arrival

Be it leisurely beach vacations or wildlife safaris, Kenya knows how to attract tourists perfectly! 

You will need a passport with 6 months validity and 2 blank pages along with an International Certificate of Vaccination for 3 months visa on arrival. 

22. Kuwait - e-Visa / Visa on arrival

Kuwait is an interesting Asian country that is transforming into a tourist hotspot. 

US citizens can avail of a 3-month long visa on arrival. A fee of USD 150 for a single-entry visa and USD 175 for a multiple-entry visa is applicable. 

23. Laos - Visa on arrival 

Visiting the Asian country of Laos will introduce you to a combination of Buddhist monasteries and French colonial architecture.

Visa on arrival is available at designated entry points only and is valid for 30 days. You can extend this visa up to 60 more days. 

24. Lebanon - Visa on arrival 

When you go to middle east countries like Lebanon, you get to see a nation that is perpetually caught between past and present. 

You can obtain a visa on arrival for 1 month, extendable for 2 more months, at Beirut International Airport as well as any other entry port. 

25. Madagascar - Visa on arrival 

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Madagascar is one of the famous African countries among international travelers. 

Visa on arrival is valid for 30 days without any fees. Different visas for 60 or 90 days are also available with additional charges. 

26. Malawi - Visa on arrival 

Malawi is located in East Africa and is home to a tourism industry that is growing slowly. 

According to the current laws, visa on arrival for 3 months can be obtained by paying fees of around USD 75. It is a single-entry visa. 

27. Maldives - Visa on arrival 

Exploring the exquisite coral islands of Maldives was never this easier! You can also check some of the top budget resorts in the Maldives where you will have a wonderful stay. 

You will get a 30 days visa on arrival without paying any charges. It can be extended up to 90 days. 

28. Mozambique - Visa on arrival 

Mozambique is an East African country, popular for its postcard-perfect beaches.

30 days visa on arrival is applicable for tourists only. If you are traveling to Mozambique for business or any other purpose, you need to obtain a visa in advance. 

29. Myanmar - e-Visa 

Myanmar is loved by travelers for its rustic vibes and unexplored beauty. 

Any e-Visa holders should arrive in Myanmar via designated entry points. Tourists are allowed a stay of 28 days whereas business travelers are allowed to stay for 70 days.

30. Nepal - Visa on arrival 

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Nepal is still a country that is mostly visited by Asian tourists and very few US travelers. 

If you are a US citizen, you can get a visa on arrival for up to 90 days. Keep in mind that a stay of maximum of 150 days is allowed in a calendar year. 

31. Oman - e-Visa 

Travel and tourism are amongst the fast-developing industries in Oman. 

You can get a 30-day visa on arrival at almost all the entry points except at the Mazoonah and Sarfait crossings at the Oman-Yemen border. It can also be extended up to 30 days more. 

32. Papua New Guinea - e-Visa / Visa on arrival 

Be it a cultural diversity of natural beauty, you will get to witness everything at Papua New Guinea. 

You will get a visa on arrival for 60 days that can be extended for 30 more days. A single-entry business visa is valid for 30 days.

33. Paraguay - Visa on arrival 

Paraguay in South America is a hidden gem with its roaring waterfalls and unexplored towns. 

A multiple-entry visa on arrival can only be obtained at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asuncion that allows you to stay in Paraguay for 90 days. This visa is usually valid for up to 10 years. 

34. Rwanda - e-Visa / Visa on arrival 

Even though tourism is growing at a faster pace in Rwanda, it is still a country less-visited. 

It is advised to obtain a visa before entering the country, but 30-days tourist visa can also be obtained for USD 30 at any entry port. 

35. Seychelles - Visitor's Permit on arrival

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Seychelles is one of the wonderful beach destinations that have a visa on arrival for US citizens. Use the Seychelles trip planner to create an itinerary and fall in love with this beauty! 

This archipelago country lets you enter for 3 months with the on-arrival visa facility. You can also extend this visa for a year. 

36. Samoa - Entry Permit on arrival 

Even though Samoa is a lesser-known country in Oceania, it is working towards developing the tourism industry. 

Visa on arrival can be obtained without paying any fee and is valid for a stay of 60 days.

37. Solomon Islands - Visitor's permit on arrival 

The Solomon Islands is a group of 6 major and 900 smaller islands. It has become a well-known diving destination around the world.

You can visit the Solomon Islands for 3 months with a visa on arrival. If necessary, you can also extend the visa for 3 more months within 12 months. 

38. Somalia - Visa on arrival 

Somalia, though home to many attractions, is not a much-explored tourist destination due to political unrest. 

It is recommended to obtain a visa in advance, but you can also get a visa on arrival for up to 60 days. It is available at the Mogadishu Airport and other airports. 

39. Sri Lanka - e-Visa / Visa on arrival 

You will love the amalgamation of rainforests, beaches, and ancient Buddhist ruins while visiting Sri Lanka. 

Being a US passport holder, you either need a visa or Electronic Travel Authorization to visit Sri Lanka. If you are a tourist, you are eligible for a visa on arrival for 30 days. If you are traveling for any other purposes like business or journalism, then applying for a visa in advance is mandatory. 

40. Suriname - Tourist Card on arrival

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Suriname is one of the smallest sovereign states in South America that offers so many things to its visitors. 

Tourist card of USD 25 is valid for 90 days and is available at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport. A valid passport and a return ticket are a must. If you are traveling to Suriname for business, you will need to obtain a visa in advance. 

41. Tajikistan - e-Visa 

Tajikistan has become a synonym of rugged mountain ranges. It is a paradise for mountaineers. 

When you apply for e-Visa, you need to pay only USD 70 and the visa allows you a stay of 45 days. But, keep in mind that if you are visiting from any of the countries with a Tajik diplomatic mission, you must apply for a visa in advance. 

42. Tanzania - e-Visa / Visa on arrival 

With beautiful Zanzibar, Tanzania is on the fast track of attracting tourists from all over the world.

The visa on arrival costs USD 100 and allows a stay of 3 months. You need a valid passport with at least one blank visa page and a return ticket. 

43. Timor-Leste - Visa on arrival 

After centuries of Portugal and Indonesian invasions, Timor-Leste is slowly developing a tourism industry after gaining freedom in 1999.

If you are arriving in Timor-Leste by air, you are eligible for visa on arrival for 30 days. You will need to pay USD 30 as a fee. But if you are entering the country by road, you will need to apply for a visa before. 

44. Togo - Visa on arrival 

Togo is a tropical West African country that will take you back in time with its small villages that line the beaches and hills. 

A multiple-entry visa on arrival is available with a fee of USD 99. This visa will allow you to stay in Togo for up to 90 days. Basic 7-days visa on arrival is also available. 

45. Turkey - e-Visa / Visa on arrival 

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Turkey is a country of captivating beauty that captures the soul of the middle east perfectly. Enjoy the best things to do in Turkey to have a wholesome experience. 

Applying for e-Visa will let you stay in Turkey for up to 90 days and will charge you a fee of USD 20. You can also get a visa on arrival at different entry ports for USD 30, but e-Visa is encouraged by the government. 

46. Tonga - Visa on arrival 

Tonga is a small Oceania country that has basic visa requirements for US citizens.

If you are traveling as a tourist, then you do not need a visa for a stay of up to 30 days. After that, a visa is necessary. If you are visiting Tonga for business, you do need to apply for a visa in advance.

47. Tuvalu - Visa on arrival 

It is a wonder how a country like Tuvalu is still a hidden gem and not visited by hordes of tourists every year!

You can get a visa on arrival for 1 month and can be extended for 3 more months. Tuvalu does not charge anything for these visas. 

48. Uganda - e-Visa 

Uganda is one of the typical African countries with abundant wildlife and cultural diversity.

You have to apply for e-Visa at least 2 business days in advance and usually a single-entry tourist visa costs USD 50 or more. Though the time period is not specified, it is mostly anywhere between 2 weeks to 3 months

49. United Arab Emirates - Visa on arrival 

The United Arab Emirates, popularly known as UAE, is a much-loved tourist destination with its ultra-modern cities like Dubai and Sharjah. You can plan a trip to UAE and experience its grandeur. 

If you are planning to stay in Dubai for less than a month, you do not need to apply for a visa in advance. A visa on arrival will be issued with a validity of 30 days free of charge. 

50. Uzbekistan - e-Visa 

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Uzbekistan is a wonderful place to soak in different cultures and ethnicities. 

Uzbekistan has recently opened its doors for an electronic visa. You will need around USD 40 and approximately 5 business days to get an e-Visa of 30 days

51. Vietnam - e-Visa 

In the last few decades, Vietnam has become increasingly popular among travelers. Check some of the best places in Vietnam that are loved by tourists. 

To enter Vietnam, e-Visa is a must for US citizens. It is valid for a maximum of 30 days and is for a single entry only.

52. Zambia - e-Visa / Visa on arrival 

Zambia is an exciting country to explore with the tourism industry focusing on exquisite natural beauty. 

A single-entry visa on arrival is usually valid for 90 days. But, the exact time period is usually decided on arrival. You can extend the visa later if necessary. 

53. Zimbabwe - e-Visa / Visa on arrival 

Visiting Zimbabwe is an adventure in itself as tourism is lesser than expected and the travel industry is yet to flourish. 

A single-entry visa for 30 days or a multiple-entry visa for 60 days is available when you are in Zimbabwe. The visa on arrival can also be extended later. 

So, pick your destination, pack your bags, and start exploring the world!

 *Visa regulations are subject to change.

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