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8 Popular Tourist Destinations That Require a Visa for All US Travelers


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American travelers do not need a visa to travel to most countries in the world.

Having a US passport means US travelers can quickly reach many international destinations without having to worry about applying for and paying for a visa.

However, there are a handful of destinations that do require visas for US travelers.

Woman riding the Ella train in Sri Lanka

Although this is not meant to be an exhaustive list (always check a country’s entry requirements independently before you travel), here are some of the most popular tourist destinations around the world that require a visa for US travelers.

Some countries on this list require simple visas with a quick online application process, while others are more complicated and require a visit to the country’s embassy or consulate.

woman on safari

1. Brazil

Starting October 1, Brazil will require a visa for US travelers.

In 2019, the visa requirement was removed in an effort to boost tourism, but unfortunately, it is now coming back. However, an electronic visa application is expected to be introduced to simplify the process rather than require travelers to visit a Brazilian embassy or consulate.

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beach in brazil

2. Australia

Many Americans do not realize that a visa is required to travel to Australia.

It’s called an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) and you need to apply online before your trip. The cost is $20 AUD (approximately $13 USD).

australian beach

3. Egypt

Egypt is a country that has been growing in popularity lately.

However, if you want to see the ancient Egyptian pyramids, ride a camel in the desert, or travel down the Nile, you’ll need to apply for a tourist visa first.

The Egyptian tourist visa must be applied for online at least one week before your trip and the cost is $25 USD.

Young woman watching the sunset over the pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt, North Africa

4. Bolivia

Bolivia is an underrated destination in South America, perfect for adventurous travelers, but American travelers need a visa to enter.

Although it is possible to apply for a visa upon arrival in the country, it is not recommended due to the amount of material needed for the application.

It is best to apply in advance at any Bolivian embassy or consulate to ensure you get the visa. The cost is $160 USD.

Uyuni Salt Flats


Another country that requires a visa for American travelers is India.

India offers an online visa application that you must apply for at least one week before your trip. The Indian tourist visa costs $25 USD.

Woman at the Taj Mahal in India

6. Kenya

If you dream of going on a safari and watching wildlife in Kenya, you will need to get a visa first. Kenya requires US travelers to apply for the East African tourist visa, which covers the countries of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

Alternatively, you can apply for a Kenya-only single-entry visa.

The cost of an East African tourist visa is $100 USD and the cost of a Kenyan visa is $51 USD. Both offer online visa applications.

Maasai villager in Kenya, Africa

7. Sri Lankan

Sri Lanka is a fascinating destination that packs many unique sights and culture on a small island in the Indian Ocean.

However, American travelers wishing to explore Sri Lanka will first need to obtain a visa. The current cost of an e-Visa is $35 USD.

colorful fishing boats on the beach in sri lanka


Türkiye is a destination that lately is gaining popularity among international travelers. However, Americans need a visa to be able to visit.

The online visa must be applied for at least a few days before your trip and the cost is $50 USD.

Young tourist woman photographed with her backpack as she stands on the Galata bridge looking at the historic peninsula of Istanbul, Turkyie, Turkey, Eurasia, Middle East, Eastern Europe

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