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8 Popular Tourist Destinations That Require A Visa For All American Travelers

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

Having a U.S. passport means that American travelers can breeze right into 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 American travelers.

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

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

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1. Brazil

Beginning October 1, Brazil will require a visa for American travelers.

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

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2. Australia

Many Americans don't realize that a visa is needed to travel to Australia.

It's called the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), and you must apply for it online in advance of your trip. The cost is $20 AUD (approximately $13 USD.)

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3. Egypt

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

However, if you want to see the ancient pyramids of Egypt, ride a camel in the desert, or journey down the Nile, you'll need to apply for a tourist visa first.

The Egyptian tourist visa should be applied for online at least a week in advance of your trip, and the cost is $25 USD.

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4. Bolivia

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

Although it's possible to apply for a visa on arrival into the country, it's not recommended due to how much material is needed for the application.

It's better to apply in advance at any Bolivian embassy or consulate to make sure you get the visa. The cost is $160 USD.

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5. India

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

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

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6. Kenya

If you're dreaming of going on a safari and spotting wildlife in Kenya, you'll need to secure a visa first. Kenya requires American travelers to apply for the East Africa Tourist Visa, which encompasses the countries of Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

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

The cost for an East Africa Tourist Visa is $100 USD, and the cost for a Kenyan visa is $51 USD. Both offer online visa applications.

Masai Villager In Kenya, Africa

7. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a fascinating destination that packs a lot of unique sights and culture into a small island in the Indian Ocean.

American travelers hoping to explore Sri Lanka will need to obtain a visa first, though. The current cost for an electronic visa is $35 USD.

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8. Turkey

Turkey is a destination that's booming in popularity among international travelers lately. However, Americans do need a visa in order to visit.

The online visa should be applied for at least a few days in advance of your trip, and the cost is $50 USD.

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Sunday 18th of June 2023

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