Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

You may travel visa free to the United States from anywhere in the world if you meet all of the requirements for visa free travel.

If you received a Form I-94 or I-94W and failed to turn in your Form I-94/I-94W Arrival/Departure Record to the commercial airline or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when you departed the United States, see the CBP website for instructions.

You may travel to Canada/Mexico/Bermuda or the islands in the Caribbean provided you have a return or onward ticket. If your return journey will take you back through the United States., even if only in transit, the total trip, including both periods of time spent in the United States/Canada/Mexico/Bermuda, or the islands in the Caribbean cannot exceed 90 days unless you can demonstrate that your stay in Canada/Mexico/adjacent countries is meaningful (i.e., you must be legal residents of these areas.) If it does, you will require a visa.

If your ticket terminates in Mexico/Canada/Bermuda or the islands of the Caribbean, you must be a legal resident of the area to qualify for visa free travel. If you are not and your stay will exceed 90 days from the date on which you first entered the United States, you will require a visa unless you can demonstrate that your stay in Canada/Mexico/adjacent countries is meaningful. (i.e., you must be legal residents of these areas.)

You are only required to enter the United States by a VWP participating carrier. Your onward or return journey may be by any mode of transport, provided you hold a return or onward ticket.

The maximum period of time you may remain in the United States, if you enter visa free, is 90 days.

If you enter by land there is no requirement that you be in possession of a round trip or onward ticket. The immigration authorities at the border crossing will issue you an arrival/departure record card (I-94W). You will be charged a $6.00 administrative fee which is only payable in U.S. dollars. This fee is charged to all travelers regardless of whether or not they have a visa. For those entering the United States by air or sea, the fee is included in the cost of the ticket.

It will depend on your itinerary. If you have an onward ticket for each stage of your journey, including the journey between the United States and Canada or Mexico, you may travel without a visa. Should you choose to travel this way, you must be in possession of the tickets for each stage of your journey on your initial entry to the United States. You cannot buy the ticket for the journey between the United States and Canada or Mexico on your arrival in the United States.  If you will depart the United States for Canada or Mexico by private transport, you will require a visa.

As you overstayed your last visit to the United States, you are not eligible to travel visa free. You will require a visa.

The regulations are the same as if you entered the United States for a visit. If you will transit in the United States, even if only for a couple of hours, to Mexico/Canada/Bermuda or the islands of the Caribbean, the total trip including both periods of time spent in the United States /Canada/Mexico/Bermuda or the Caribbean islands cannot exceed 90 days. If it does, you will require a visa, unless you are a legal resident of the country.

A recent visa denial for any reason could result in denial of an authorization via ESTA, additional questioning at the port of entry, or denial of admission to the United States.  Applicants who are uncertain of whether they qualify for VWP travel may choose to apply for a visa.

If you are entering the United States aboard a private aircraft of a U.S. corporation that has entered into an agreement with the CBP to carry passengers under the VWP, you will not require a visa if you are eligible for visa free travel. If you are entering aboard any other private or official aircraft, you will require a visa.

You must contact your employer. The Embassy does not have a list of corporations that have entered into an agreement with the CBP to carry passengers under the VWP.

If you are entering the United States on a private ship, you will require a visa.

There is no limit to the number of times you may travel visa free under the VWP in any given period. There is also no minimum period of time you are required to remain outside the United States before reapplying for admission. If you are a frequent traveler to the United States, it is advisable that you carry with you for presentation to U.S. immigration’s evidence of your residence abroad to which you intend to return at the end of your visit together with evidence of funds sufficient for your support while in the United States. If the immigration’s inspector is not convinced that you are a bona fide visitor for business or tourism, you may be denied entry.

Additional information on the VWP is available from the Department of Homeland Security CBP website.