Visa Waiver Program
Visa Free Travel
Germany is a member of the Visa Waiver Program. (VWP)
The information below is directed at German passport holders.
Not a German passport holder?
For visa waiver program information regarding other countries and their passport requirements, please visit the website of the U.S. Consulate, Embassy or Diplomatic Mission to that country; complete list at http://www.usembassy.gov/
For general information about the Visa Waiver Program please visit www.travel.state.gov/.
As of January 12, 2009, all nationals or citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries who plan to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure require an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States under the VWP.
Learn more about ESTA and how to apply.
You may travel visa free if you meet all of the following requirements:
- You have your own passport (everyone, including children, is required to have his or her own passport to travel VWP)
- Children's passport (Kinderreisepass) are not eligible for the VWP, unless issued or extended before or on 26 October 2006. All Children's ID (Kinderausweis) require a visa and are not eligible for the VWP. Children must have their own e-passport to travel VWP.
- You are traveling for business, pleasure or transit only.
- Your intended stay in the US does not exceed 90 days.
- You must hold a valid return or onward ticket. Onward tickets may not end in Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean.
- You will enter the US aboard an air or sea carrier that has agreed to participate in the program. This applies to most airlines and shipping companies.
- Private or official aircraft or vessels do not meet this requirement. You will need a visa if you travel on a private plane or yacht.
- Your passport is valid for the duration of stay in the U.S.
- Read the VWP guidelines handout (pdf 573kb)
|Meets all VWP Requirements|
|Can travel VWP if certain requirements are met|
Issued on or after 26 October, 2006 require a visa.
Issued or extended on or before 25 October, 2006.
|Invalid for VWP Travel|
Important Information for Travelers on the Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program applies for the United States of America including Puerto Rico, Guam and the US-Virgin Islands.
After entering the US you may travel to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean within 90 days and re-enter the US using any mode of transport. You may also enter the US without a visa traveling from Canada or Mexico for up to 90 days (please note that there will be a $6.00 fee, payable only in US dollars). You will have to show proof of the ability to finance your trip at the port of entry.
The Visa Waiver Program permits visa free travel to the US if you are a citizen of one of the following countries and the conditions apply to you.
Republic of Korea*
|* Citizens of these countries are required to have an E-Passport to travel with the Visa Waiver Program.|
Note: Citizens of Argentina and Uruguay may no longer enter the United States without visas.
Persons who enter the US on VWP must have an ESTA approval before they will be allowed to enter. If the airline carrier is unable to process the ESTA authorization, the form I-94w may still have to be filled out and retained until the final exit from the U.S. This is especially important if individuals plan to re-enter the U.S. from their side-trip using a non-signatory aircraft or boat. (If they re-enter by land or with a signatory carrier, such individuals can just fill out a new I-94w. However,if they return from the side-trip by private boat, they must retain the valid I-94w from the original admission.)
What do I do if I did not turn in my I-94w when leaving the U.S.?
Kinderreisepässe & Travel to the U.S.Children's passports (Kinderreisepässe) are not valid for travel on the Visa Waiver Program unless issued or extended on or before October 26, 2006. All children's ID (Kinderausweis) are not valid for visa free travel to the U.S. Children travelling on a Kinderreisepass issued after October 26, 2006 or a Kinderausweis need a visa to travel to the U.S. Children must have their own e-passport in order to travel without a visa.
New and Noteworthy
- The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General will be closed on May 1, 9, 20 and 27. The U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt will also be closed on May 30. (German and American Holidays)
■ Visainformation in Darmstadt (April 29)
■ Visit the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt for Super Student Week May 13-17. (April 18, 2013)
■ Au Pair Visa Scam (April 12, 2013)
■ Visa Fee Changes due to Changes in Euro/Dollar Exchange Rate (March 25, 2013)
■ Attending School in the U.S.? Visa Required! (March 14, 2013)