The map above shows the 99 countries American passport holders can travel to visa-free. What this means in practice is that you don’t need prior permission to enter any of the countries listed. However, be aware that virtually all countries impose time limits on how long Americans can stay, generally anywhere between 14 and 90 days.
Moreover, there may be restrictions on what type of activities you can do while there. Most countries will allow tourists, but some may have restrictions for business people, students, etc.
Thus, it’s always good idea to check out the website of the embassy of your destination country and the State Department’s Alerts and Warnings for advisories that may affect your journey.
On top of visa-free travel, many other countries offer visa-on-arrival, which means you still need a visa to enter the country, but can obtain (or purchase) it when you arrive. Once again be sure to check with embassy of the destination country before leaving to find out about cost, what currency can be used to pay for it, duration, etc.
Given that it’s so easy for Americans to travel abroad, you’d think more of them would. However, as of 2014 there were 121.5 million valid passports for a population of 318.9 million people. This means roughly only 38% of American hold a valid passport or 62% don’t.
All data for the map above and the lists of countries below comes from Wikipedia, so there may be some errors. If you notice any please leave a comment in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
Here’s the full list:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- South Korea
- Equatorial Guinea
- The Gambia
- South Africa
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
Looking for something a bit more exotic? Well Americans can also travel visa-free to the following territories, disputed areas, and partially recognized countries (names in bold are US territories):
So while Americans may have 99 problems, finding a country to visit isn’t one. Have a favourite destination from the list above? Let everyone else know about it the comments section below: