Because not all countries require a Visa for United States citizens to visit, the concept is a difficult one — especially for first-time travelers.
Many European countries only require a passport, and not a Visa, for U.S. citizens to visit. But if you plan a trip to one of the countries that does require a Visa, you have to jump through quite a few more hoops to visit — and it could cost you. This is because to apply for a Visa, you generally have to go to the country’s consulate, many times in either Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York City.
Some countries aren’t as strict, and you can apply online or at the airport. It’s important to research the rules of that country before purchasing your ticket.
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So which countries require a Visa for United States citizens? According to Passport Info, some of the more popular ones are:
To research these countries’ Visa rules, visit this page.
Here are the additional countries that require a Visa for visit by U.S. citizens.
Central Africa Republic
Congo Republic (Brazzaville)
Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)
Papua New Guinea