Foreign Entry Requirement  
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs


FOREIGN ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

June 2001


This listing is for U.S. citizens traveling on tourism/business and does not apply to persons planning to emigrate to foreign countries. Persons traveling on official business for the U.S. Government should obtain visa information from the agency sponsoring their travel. For purposes of this publication, a visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S. passport that allows the bearer to visit that foreign country. Note: Wherever you see the words "photo(s) required" in this publication, it generally means that you will need to submit passport-size (2"x2") photographs.

IMPORTANT: THIS LISTING IS PREPARED FROM INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM FOREIGN EMBASSIES PRIOR TO APRIL 2001. THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. CHECK ENTRY REQUIREMENTS WITH THE CONSULAR OFFICIALS OF THE COUNTRIES TO BE VISITED WELL IN ADVANCE.

PASSPORTS: U.S. citizens who travel to a country where a valid passport is not required will need documentary evidence of their U.S. citizenship and identity. Proof of U.S. citizenship includes an expired U.S. passport, a certified (original) birth certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States. To prove identity, a valid driver's license or government identification card are acceptable provided they identify you by physical description or photograph. However, for travel overseas and to facilitate reentry into the U.S., a valid U.S. passport is the best documentation available and unquestionably proves your U.S. citizenship.

Before you send your passport through the mail to apply for a visa, sign it in ink, and write in pencil your current address and daytime telephone number in the space provided. This will help the U.S. Postal Service return it to you should it become separated from the envelope during processing.

Some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid at least six months or longer beyond the dates of your trip. If your passport expires before the required validity, you will have to apply for a new one. Please check with the embassy or nearest consulate of the country that you plan to visit for their requirements.

Some Middle Eastern or African countries will not issue visas or allow entry if your passport indicates travel to Israel. Consult the National Passport Information Center (1-900-225-5674 or TDD: 1-900-225-7778 (fee of $0.35 per minute), or 1-888-362-8668 or TDD: 1-888-498-3648 (flat fee of $4.95 for people using a major credit card)) for guidance if this applies to you.

VISAS: If a visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application, especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign consular representatives are located in principal cities, and in many instances, a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office in the area of his/her residence. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TRAVELER TO OBTAIN VISAS, WHERE REQUIRED, FROM THE APPROPRIATE EMBASSY OR NEAREST CONSULATE OF THE COUNTRY YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT. As soon as you receive your visa, check it to make sure no mistakes were made. Processing and visa fees vary, and most fees may not be refundable, consult the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit for specific details.

IMMUNIZATIONS: Under the International Health Regulations adopted by the World Health Organization, a country may require International Certificates of Vaccination against yellow fever, especially if you are traveling from an area of the world that is infected with yellow fever. Check with health care providers or your records to ensure other immunizations (e.g. tetanus and polio) are up-to-date. Prophylactic medication for malaria and certain other preventive measures are advisable for travel to some countries. No immunizations are required to return to the United States. Detailed health information is included in Health Information for International Travel, available from the U.S. Government Printing Office (address on page 20) for $20 or may be obtained from your local health department or physician or by contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, telephone 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747), toll-free autofax: 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or Internet: http://www.cdc.gov.

AIDS/HIV TESTING: An increasing number of countries have established regulations regarding AIDS testing, particularly for long-term visitors. Although many are listed here, check with the embassy or consulate of the country that you plan to visit to verify if this is a requirement for entry.

ADDITIONAL FEES: All international flights are subject to U.S. Immigration and U.S. Customs fees paid in advance as part of your ticket. In addition, many countries have departure fees that are sometimes collected at the time of ticket purchase or upon exiting the foreign country.
 


AFGHANISTAN - *Passport and visa required. No tourist or business visas are being issued in the U.S. at this time. Consult the Consulate of the Islamic State of Afghanistan in New York (212/972-2277) for further information.

ALBANIA - *Passport required. Visa issued on arrival for tourists stay up to 90 days. Proof of round-trip travel required. Entry fee $45. For further information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Albania at 2100 S Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/223-4942).

ALGERIA - *Passport and visa required. Obtain visa before arrival. Visa valid up to 90 days, requires 2 application forms, 2 photos, and $55 fee (money order or certified check). For tourist visas an itinerary from airline and a hotel reservation is also needed. Company letter required for business visa. Enclose prepaid self-addressed envelope for return of passport by registered, certified or express mail. Validity of visa: Applicants must enter Algeria within 45 days of issuance. For currency regulations and other information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria, 2137 Wyoming Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008(202/265-2800).
Internet: http://www.algeria-us.org

ANDORRA - (See France.)

ANGOLA - *Passport and visa required. Tourist/business visas require an application form, 1 recent photo with name on back, letter stating purpose of travel, letter of invitation sent by the individual or institution to be contacted in Angola, photocopy of a round-trip ticket or travel itinerary, proof of sufficient funds and $55 fee. Visa is good for stay up to 90 days. The Consular Office of the Embassy of Angola has the right to request additional information, if necessary. For additional information, contact: Embassy of Angola, 2100 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/452-1042/3).
Internet: http://www.angola.org

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA - Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship or voter's registration card, along with picture ID, required, return/onward ticket, and proof of funds needed for tourist stay up to 6 months. Contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda, 3216 New Mexico Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016 (202/362-5122/5166/5211) for further information.

ARGENTINA - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 90 days. For information concerning longer stays, employment, or other types of visas contact the Consular Section of the Argentine Embassy, 1718 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/238-6460) or the nearest Consulate: CA (213/954-9155), FL (305/373-7794), GA (404/880-0805, IL (312/819-2620), NY (212/603-0400) or TX (713/871-8935). Internet: http://www.uic.edu/orgs/argentina

ARMENIA - *Passport and visa required. Visa for stay up to 21 days, requires 1 application form, 1 photo and $60 to $95 processing fee (fees vary according processing time). For stays longer than 21 days, but not exceeding 90 days, an official invitation from a qualifying entity in Armenia is required ($35 to $65 fee). No fee for children under 18 years of age. If applying by mail, enclose a SASE or prepaid airbill indicating type of mail service (i.e. Federal Express, etc.), and money order or certified check in the appropriate amount, payable to the Embassy of Armenia. For more information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia, 2225 R Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/319-2983), or the Consulate General in Beverly Hills, CA (310/657-6102).
Internet: http://www.armeniaemb.org

ARUBA - Passport or proof of citizenship (original-official birth or naturalization certificate and photo ID) required. Visa not required for stay up to 3 months after arrival. Proof of onward/return ticket or sufficient funds for stay may be required. Departure tax $20. AIDS test required for intending immigrants. For further information, consult Embassy of the Netherlands (202/244-5300), or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/266-1598), IL ( 312/856-0110), NY (212/246-1429) or TX (713/622-8000).

AUSTRALIA - *Passport, and proof of onward or return ticket and sufficient funds required. An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required prior to departure for tourist or business stays of up to 90 days. ETAs are available from travel agencies and airline reservation desks. Minors not accompanied by a parent need notarized written parental consent from both parents (or one parent if sole custody applies). AIDS test required for permanent resident visa for applicants age 15 and older; tests taken in the U.S. are acceptable. For more information check with the Embassy of Australia, 1601 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/797-3145) or the Consulate General: CA (213/469-4300).
Internet: http://www.austemb.org

AUSTRIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 90 days. For information concerning longer stays, employment, or other types of visas check with the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/895-6767) or nearest Consulate General: Los Angeles (310/444-9310), Chicago (312/222-1515) or New York (212/737-6400).

AZERBAIJAN - *Passport and visa required. Visa (no charge for visas issued within 5 working days) requires 1 application form, 2 photos, conformation from hotel, and a letter of invitation. (Fees are charged for express service, i.e., in less than 10 days.) Please include SASE or prepaid airbill for return of documents. For additional information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, 927 15th Street, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005 (202/842-0811 or 0001).

AZORES - (See Portugal.)

BAHAMAS - Proof of U.S. citizenship, i.e. a passport or original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a photo ID, and onward/return ticket required for stay up to 8 months. Passport and residence/work permit needed for residence and business. Permit required for firearms and to import pets. Departure tax of $15 must be paid at airport. For further information call Embassy of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/319-2660) or nearest Consulate: Miami (305/373-6295) or New York (212/421-6420).

BAHRAIN - Passport and visa required. Multiple-entry visa valid for 5 years requires 1 completed application, 1 photo, and $50 fee (no personal checks), for a maximum stay of up to 4 weeks per visit. (Processing time is 24 hours). All applications for minors must be accompanied by a letter of consent from both parents and a photocopy of both parents' passports. Send passport and all documents by overnight FedEx, DHL, Prior, UPS, or Express. Send a SASE (with proper postage or fees for overnight service) for return of passport by mail. For a tourist visa: A letter stating the purpose and duration of the visit and the applicant's responsibility for all travel expenses. For a business visa: An original letter on company letterhead (photocopies are not accepted) stating the purpose and duration of the visit and the applicant's responsibility for all travel expenses. Internet: http://www.bahrainembassy.org

BANGLADESH - *Passport, visa, and onward/return ticket required. Tourist/business visa requires 2 application forms, 2 photos, and $45 fee. Business visa also requires company letter. For longer stays and more information, consult the Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, 3510 International Drive., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/244-0183) or the Bangladesh Mission in New York at (212/867-3434). Internet: http://members.aol.com/banglaemb/embassy

BARBADOS - *Passport required. Tourists traveling directly from the U.S. to Barbados may be allowed to enter for up to 3 months stay with proof of U.S. citizenship (original or certified copy of birth certificate), photo ID and onward/return ticket. A passport is required for longer visits and other types of travel. Business visas $25, single-entry and $30 multiple-entry (may require work permit) must be obtained prior to entry. Departure tax of $12.50 US ($25 BDS) is paid at airport. Check information with Embassy of Barbados, 2144 Wyoming Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/939-9200), or Consulate General in New York (212/867-8435).

BELARUS - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires 1 application form, 1 photo, original letter of invitation from a citizen of Belarus (for visitor's visa) or a Belarusian organization, company or agency (for business visa). Tourist visa (for stay up to 30 days) requires 1 application form, 1 photo, confirmation from receiving tourist organization in Belarus, and proof of emergency medical insurance that is valid in Belarus. The visa processing fee is $50 for 5 working days, and $100 for next day processing. Transit visa is required when traveling through Belarus ($50). All foreigners visiting Belarus for more than 2 days must register their passports with the local law enforcement authorities. AIDS test required for persons staying longer than 3 months; tests taken in the U.S. are acceptable. For information about student visas and other questions, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus, 1619 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/986-1606), Consulate General, 708 3rd Ave., 21st Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/682-5392).

BELGIUM - *Passport required. Visa not required for business/tourist stay up to 90 days. Temporary residence permit required for longer stays, and for study or work. For residence authorization, consult Embassy of Belgium, 3330 Garfield St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/333-6900), or nearest Consulate General: Los Angeles (323/857-1244), Atlanta (404/659-2150), Chicago (312/263-6624), or New York (212/586-5110).

BELIZE - *Passport, return/onward ticket and sufficient funds (at least $60 per night) required. Visa not required for stay up to 30 days. If visit exceeds 1 month, a stay permit must be obtained from the Immigration Authorities in Belize. AIDS test required for those staying more than 3 months; U.S. test accepted if within 3 months of visit. For longer stays and other information, contact the Embassy of Belize, 2535 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/332-9636) or the Belize Mission in New York at (212/599-0233).

BENIN - *Passport and visa required. Visa for stay up to 36 months, requires $40 fee (certified check or money orders only), 2 application forms, 2 photos, proof of yellow fever vaccination, proof of return/onward transportation (guarantee from employer, travel agency, or photocopy of round trip ticket) and letter of guarantee from bank. Send prepaid envelope for return of passport by certified or express mail. Apply at Embassy of the Republic of Benin, 2737 Cathedral Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/232-6656/7/8).

BERMUDA - Passport (or proof of U.S. citizenship with photo ID) and onward/return ticket required for tourist stay up to 3 months. Departure tax of $10 is paid at airport. For further information, consult British Embassy (202/588-7800).

BHUTAN - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visas arranged by travel agency (valid for 15 days) and issued at entry point of entry in Bhutan. Visa requires $20 fee, 1 application, 1 photo, prepaid land tour, and onward/return ticket (approval time takes about 2 months). For further information, contact the Bhutan Mission to the U.N., 2 United Nations Plaza, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/826-1919) or the Bhutan Travel Service, 120 E 56th Street, Suite 1130, New York, NY 10022 (1-800/950-9908 or 212/838-6382).

BOLIVIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 30 days. Tourist cards issued upon arrival in Bolivia. A "Defined Purpose Visa" for adoptions, business, or other travel requires 1 application form, 1 photo, $85 fee and for business travelers, a letter from company explaining purpose of trip. Send SASE for return of passport by mail. For more information, contact the Embassy of Bolivia (Consular Section), 3014 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/232-4827 or 4828), or nearest Consulate General: Miami (305/358-3450), New York (212/687-0530), or San Francisco (415/495-5173).

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - *Passport required. A visa is not required for tourist stays up to three months. Unless the traveler is staying at a hotel, all foreigners must register with the local police within 48 hours of arrival. Visa must be renewed every 3 months during stay. Travelers planning to remain in Bosnia and Herzegovina for more than three months must obtain a temporary residence permit from the local police having jurisdiction over their place of residence. For more information, contact the Consulate General, 866 U.N. Plaza, Suite 580, New York, NY 10017 (212/593-0264). Internet: http://www.bosnianembassy.org

BOTSWANA - *Passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds required. Visa not required for U.S. citizens staying no more than 90 days. For further information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana, 1531 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/244-4990) or nearest Honorary Consulate: Los Angeles (213/626-8484) or Houston (713/680-1155).

BRAZIL - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visas are issued within 24 hours if submitted in person by the applicant. Visas valid for multiple entries within 5 years from date of first entry for a stay up to 90 days (renewable for the same length of stay by the Federal Police in Brazil), requires 1 application form, 1 passport size photo, and proof of onward/return transportation. There is a processing fee of $45 for tourist visas (money order only). There is a $10 service fee for applications sent by mail, or by anyone other than applicant. Provide SASE for return of passport by mail. Minors (under 18) traveling alone, with one parent or with a third party, must present written authorization by the absent parent(s) or legal guardian, specifically granting permission to travel alone, with one parent or with a third party. This authorization must be notarized, authenticated by the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate, and translated into Portuguese. For information about business visas, contact the Brazilian Embassy (Consular Section), 3009 Whitehaven St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/238-2828) or nearest Consulate: CA (323/651-2664 or 415/981-8170), FL (305/285-6200), IL (312/464-0244), MA (617/542-4000), NY (917/777-7777) or TX (713/961-3063). Internet: http://www.brasilemb.org

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 90 days. AIDS test required for work permits; tests taken in the U.S. are not acceptable. For more information, contact the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam, 3520 International Court, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/342-0159) or Brunei Darussalam Permanent Mission to the U.N., 711 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 (212/697-3465).

BULGARIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for a stay of up to 30 days. Border tax $20 (U.S.) must be paid when entering Bulgaria. For persons staying over 30 days, a visa is required and must be obtained in advance. Business travelers must provide an invitation from a business partner in Bulgaria and a letter from their company in the US. AIDS test may be required for those staying more than 1 month. For more information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/387-7969 or 387-0174) or the Bulgarian Consulate in New York at (212/935-4646). Internet: http://www.bulgaria-embassy.org

BURKINA FASO - *Passport and visa required. Single-entry or multiple-entry visa valid 3 months for visit up to 3 months, extendible once in Burkina Faso, requires $25 fee, 2 application forms, and 2 photos. Send passport by registered mail and include postage or prepaid envelope for return by mail. Payment accepted in certified check, company check, or money order only. For further information call the Embassy of Burkina Faso, 2340 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/332-5577) or Honorary Consulate in Decatur, GA (404/378-7278), Los Angeles, CA (310/575-5555) or New Orleans, LA (504/945-3152). Internet: http://burkinaembassy-usa.org

BURMA (Myanmar) - *Passport and visa required. Single-entry tourist visas (valid for 3 months), for stay up to 28 days, requires $20 fee, 2 application forms, 3 photos and itinerary . Tourists visas are issued for package or group tours as well as Foreign Independent Travelers (FITs). FITs over the age of 12 years holding tourist visas must exchange a minimum of $200 (U.S.) upon arrival. Overland travel into and out of Myanmar is only permitted at certain points (check with Embassy). Enclose prepaid envelope for return of passport by express mail. Allow 2 to 4 working days for processing. For business visas and further information, contact the Burmese Embassy (Embassy of the Union of Myanmar), 2300 S St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/332-9044 or 9045) or the Myanmar Consulate General Office, 10 East 77th St., New York, NY 10021 (212/535-1310).

BURUNDI - *Passport and visa required. Obtain visa before arrival to avoid long airport delay. Multiple-entry visa valid for 2 months (must be used within 2 months of date of issue) requires $40 (single-entry) or $80 (multiple-entry) fee, 3 application forms, 3 photos, return/onward ticket, proof of yellow fever immunization, and detailed itinerary from airline or travel agent. Company letter needed for business travel. Send U.S. postal money order or cash and SASE for return of passport by mail. For further information, consult Embassy of the Republic of Burundi, Suite 212, 2233 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/342-2574) or Permanent Mission of Burundi to the U.N. (212/499-0001 thru 0006).

CAMBODIA - *Passport and visa required. Visa valid for a 30 day stay. Visa requires 3 photos, 3 application forms, and $20 (tourist visa) or $25 (business visa) fee. For further information, consult the Royal Embassy of Cambodia, 4500 16th Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20011 (202/726-7742). Internet: http://www.embassy.org/cambodia

CAMEROON - *Passport and visa required. Obtain visa before arrival. Multiple-entry tourist visa for stay up to 3 months, requires $65.22 fee (money orders only), 2 application forms, 2 photos, proof of onward/return transportation and bank statement. If invited by family or friends, visa available for up to 3 months, may be extended 1 month. Authorities in Cameroon must sign invitation. Multiple-entry business visa, valid 12 months, requires company letter to guarantee financial and legal responsibility; include exact dates of travel. Enclose prepaid envelope for return of passport by registered, certified or express mail. For additional information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon, 2349 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/265-8790 to 8794).

CANADA - Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship and photo ID required. Minors (under 16) traveling alone or in someone else's custody, must present written authorization, signed before a notary, from the parent(s) or guardian. Visas are not required for visitors staying up to 180 days. Anyone with a criminal record (including a DWI charge) should contact the Canadian Embassy or nearest Consulate General before travel. U.S. citizens entering Canada from a third country must have a valid passport. For student or business travel, check with the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 (202/682-1740) or nearest Consulate General: CA (213/346-2701), MI (313/567-2085), NY (212/596-1700 or 716/858-9501), or WA (206/443-1375). Internet: http://www.cic.gc.ca

CAPE VERDE - *Passport and visa required. Single-entry tourist visa, requires $20 fee, multiple-entry $40 fee, 1 application form, and 1 photo. Include SASE for return of passport by mail. For further information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde, 3415 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/965-6820) or Consulate General, 535 Boylston St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02116 (617/353-0014). Internet: http://www.capeverdeusembassy.org

CAYMAN ISLANDS - (See West Indies, British.)

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - *Passport and visa required. Visa must be obtained before arrival. Single-entry visa requires 2 application forms, 2 photographs, proof of onward or return ticket, yellow fever immunization, and $150 fee (no personal checks). Medical report, including AIDS test, required for work permits; U.S. test sometimes accepted. Company letter needed for business visa. For further information, contact the Embassy of Central African Republic, 1618 22nd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/483-7800).

CHAD - *Passport and visa required. Tourist/business for a stay up to 30 days (extendible), requires $75 fee (no personal checks), 3 application forms, and 3 photos. Visa must be used within 2 months of issuance. For business visa need company letter stating purpose of trip. Send prepaid (express or certified/register mail)envelope for return of passport. Apply Embassy of the Republic of Chad, 2002 R St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/462-4009), and check specific requirements. Internet: http://www.chadembassy.org

CHILE - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 90 days. Entry fee of $45 (U.S.) charged at airport. Dependent children under age 18 (including the children of divorced parents) arriving traveling alone, with one parent, or in someone else's custody, are required to present a notarized document certifying that both parents agree to their travel. This document must be notarized before a Chilean consular officer in the United States. For further information, consult the Embassy of Chile, 1732 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/785-1746 exts. 104 or 110) or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/785-0113 and 415/982-7662), FL (305/373-8623), IL (312/654-8780), PA (215/829-9520), NY (212/355-0612), TX (713/621-5853) or PR (787/725-6365). Internet: http://www.chile-usa.org

CHINA, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF - *Passport and visa required. Transit visa required for any stop (even if you do not exit the plane or train) in China. Business travelers are required to obtain formal invitation from Chinese business contact. Tourist visas are issued only after receipt of a confirmation letter from a Chinese tour agency or letter of invitation from a relative in China. Single-entry visa requires $30 processing fee (no personal checks), 1 tourist visa application form, and 1 photo. Allow at least 5 business days processing time. Medical examination required for those staying 1 year or longer. AIDS test required for those staying more than 6 months. For longer stays and more detailed information, contact the Visa Section of the Chinese Embassy, 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/338-6688) or nearest Consulate General: Chicago (312/803-0098), Houston (713/524-4311), Los Angeles (213/807-8018), New York (212/330-7409) or San Francisco (415/563-4857). Internet: http://www.china-embassy.org

COLOMBIA - *Passport and proof of onward/return ticket required for tourist stay up to 30 days. Minors (under 18), who are traveling alone, with one parent or with a third party must present a copy of their birth certificate and written authorization from the absent parent(s) or legal guardian, specifically granting permission to travel alone, with one parent or with a third party. Anyone suspected of being HIV-positive will not be admitted without a waiver from a Colombian consulate in the U.S. For additional information and information about other types of travel, contact the Colombian Consulate, 1875 Conn. Ave., N.W., Suite 218, Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/332-7476) or nearest Consulate General: CA (323/653-4299 or 415/495-7195), FL (305/448-5558 or 441-0437), GA (404/255-3038 or 256-2518), IL (312/923-1196), LA (504/525-5580 or 5582), MA (617/536-6222), NY (212/949-9898), or TX (713/527-8919). Internet: http://www.colombiaemb.org

COMOROS ISLANDS - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa for up to 3 weeks (extendible) issued at airport upon arrival. For further information, consult Embassy of the Federal and Islamic Republic of Comoros, 336 East 45th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/972-8010).

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE (formerly Zaire) - *Passport and visa required. Visa must be obtained before arrival. Tourist/business visa, valid 1 to 3 months depending on fee, requires 2 photos, 2 application forms, and onward/return ticket. Business visa also requires company letter accepting financial responsibility for traveler. Single-entry visa $75 - $264; multiple-entry $120 - $360. No personal checks, send money order and enclose SASE for return of passport by mail. Apply Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1800 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/234-7690/1) or Permanent Mission to the U.N., 747 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017.

CONGO, REPUBLIC OF THE - *Passport and visa required. Tourist/business visa for a stay up to 3 months, requires 2 application forms, 2 photos, onward/return ticket, and $70 fee. For business visa company letter stating reason for trip. If applying by mail, include prepaid FedEx or Express mail envelope for return of passport. Apply Embassy of the Republic of the Congo, 4891 Colorado Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20011 (202/726-5500).

COOK ISLANDS - *Passport, proof of sufficient funds, and onward/return ticket required. Visa not needed for visit up to 31 days. For longer stays and further information, contact the Consulate for the Cook Islands, Kamehameha Schools, #16, Kapalama Heights, Honolulu, HI 96817 (808/847-6377).

COSTA RICA - Passport or original U.S. birth certificate and photo ID required. (Persons under the age of 16 must use a valid passport to enter Costa Rica.) Tourist card issued upon arrival at airport upon presentation of aforementioned documents for approximately $4. U.S. citizens must have onward/return ticket. For stays over 90 days, you must apply for an extension (within the first week of visit) with Costa Rican Immigration and, after 90 days, obtain exit visa and possess a valid U.S. passport. For travel with pets and other information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of Costa Rica, 2112 S St. N.W. , Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/234-2945) or nearest Consulate General: CA (415/392-8488), GA (404/951-7025), FL (305/371-7485), IL (312/263-2772), LA (504/887-8131), NY (212/425-2620) or TX (713/266-1527). Internet: http://costarica-embassy.org

COTE D'IVOIRE (AKA Ivory Coast) - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 90 days. Visa $33, requires 2 application forms, 2 photos, onward/return ticket, and financial guarantee. Include postage for return of passport by registered mail. For further information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Cote D'Ivoire, 2424 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/797-0300) or Honorary Consulate: CA (415/391-0176).

CROATIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 90 days. For stays over 3 months, a visa is required and should be obtained in advance. For additional information, consult the Embassy of Croatia, 2343 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/588-5899 or 5906), or the nearest Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA (310/477-1009), Cleveland, OH (440/951-4246), or New York, NY (212/599-3066). Internet: http://www.croatiaemb.org

CUBA - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visa $26, business visa $50 valid for at stay of up to 30 days, requires 1 application form and 1 photo. Send money order only and SASE for return of passport. Apply Embassy of Switzerland, Cuban Interests Section, 2630 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/797-8518 (Spanish speakers 202/797-8609)). AIDS test required for those staying longer than 90 days. Attention: U.S. citizens need a Treasury Dept. license in order to engage in any transactions related to travel to and within Cuba (this includes the use of U.S. currency). Before planning any travel to Cuba, U.S. citizens should contact the Licensing Division, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, 1500 Penn. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20220 (202/622-0077) or http://www.ustreas.gov/ofac/.

CURACAO - (See Netherlands Antilles.)

CYPRUS - *Passport and round-trip ticket required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 3 months. For employment and other travel, work permit required and must be obtained in advance. AIDS test required for work or study permits. For additional information consult Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus, 2211 R St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/462-5772) or the Consulate General in New York (212/686-6016) or the nearest Honorary Consulate: AR (602/264-9701), CA (310/397-0771), FL (904/953-2802), GA (770/941-3764), IL (847/296-0064), IN (219/481-6897), MA (617/497-0219), MI (313/582-1411), OR (503/248-0500), PA (215/728-6980), TX (713/928-2264), VA (757/481-3583), or WA (425/827-1700).

CZECH REPUBLIC - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay of up to 30 days. For longer stays, U.S. citizens have to apply for the visa. Each visitor may be requested to provide proof of sufficient funds (approx. $25 per day) or documents confirming all expenses are prepaid, or an invitation verified by Czech Immigration Police. For more information, contact the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/274-9123) or the nearest Consulate General: Los Angeles, CA (310/473-0889) or New York, NY (212/717-5643). Internet: http://www.czech.cz/washington
 

DENMARK (including GREENLAND) - *Passport required. Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days. (90 day period begins when entering Nordic area: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.) Special rules apply for entry into the U.S.-operated defense area in Greenland. For further information, contact the Royal Danish Embassy, 3200 Whitehaven St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/234-4300) or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/443-2090), Chicago (312/787-8780) or New York (212/223-4545). Internet: http://www.denmarkemb.org

DJIBOUTI - *Passport and visa required. Visas must be obtained before arrival. Multiple-entry visa valid for 30 days, requires $50 fee, 2 application forms, 2 photos, onward/return ticket, and sufficient funds. Letter from current employer needed for business visa. Send prepaid envelope for return of passport by registered, certified, or express mail. Apply Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti, 1156 15th St., N.W., Suite 515, Washington, D.C. 20005 (202/331-0270) or the Djibouti Mission to the U.N., 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 4011, New York, NY 10017 (212/753-3163).

DOMINICA - Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship and photo ID, and return/onward ticket required for tourist stay of up to 21 days. For longer stays and other information, consult Consulate of the Commonwealth of Dominica, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20016 (202/364-6791).

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Passport or birth certificate and photo ID, and tourist card required. Tourist card for stay up to 2 months, available from Consulate or from airline serving the Dominican Republic, $10 fee. All persons must pay $10 airport departure fee. Minors under 18 years of age traveling alone, with only one parent, or a third party must present written authorization by the absent parent(s) or legal guardian. This authorization must be notarized at a Dominican consulate. AIDS test required for residence permit. U.S. test not accepted. For business travel and other information call the Embassy of the Dominican Republic, 1715 22nd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/332-6280) or nearest Consulate General: AL (334/342-5648), CA (510/864-7777), FL (305/375-9537 or 904/346-0909), HI (808/396-5702), GA (404/572-4814), IL (847/441-1831), LA (504/522-1843), MD (410/560-2101), MA (617/482-8121), MI (248/559-0684), MN (612/339-7566), NY (212/768-2480), PA (215/923-3006), PR (787/833-4756 or 725-9550), or TX (713/266-0165 or 512/224-1345). Internet: http://www.domrep.org

ECUADOR (including the Galapagos Islands) - *Passport required. Visa not required for a stay of up to 90 days. For information concerning longer stays or other types of travel, contact the Embassy of Ecuador, 2535 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/234-7166) or nearest Consulate General: CA (323/658-6020 or 415/957-5921/22), FL (305/539-8214/15), IL (312/329-0266), LA (504/523-3229), MA (617/738-9465/68), NJ (201/985-2959/60), NY (212/808-0211/12), or TX (713/572-8731).

EGYPT - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visa, valid up to 3 months, requires $15 fee (cash or money order), 1 application form, and 1 photo. Enclose prepaid envelope for return of passport by certified mail. AIDS test required for study and work permits. Travelers must register with local authorities or at hotel within 7 days of arrival. For longer stays and additional information consult, the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, 3521 International Court, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/895-5400) or nearest Consulate General: CA (415/346-9700), IL (312/828-9162), NY (212/759-7120), or TX (713/961-4915). Internet: http://www.touregypt.net

EL SALVADOR - *Passport and visa required. (Length of validity of visa will be determined by Consulate.) Visa requires 1 application form, 2 photo, and flight itinerary. Allow 1 working day for processing. Send SASE for return of passport by mail. (Tourist cards issued at airport for emergencies or last minute travel, $10 fee.) AIDS test required for multiple-entry visas and residency permits. U.S. test not accepted. Apply Consulate General of El Salvador, 1424 16th St., N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/331-4032) or nearest Consulate: CA (213/383-5776, 415/781-7924 or 714/542-3250), FL (305/371-8850), LA (504/522-4266), MA (617/577-9111), NY (212/889-3608) or TX (713/270-6239 or 214/637-1018). Internet: http://www.elsalvador.org

ENGLAND - (See United Kingdom.)

EQUATORIAL GUINEA - *Passport required for a stay of less than 90 days. For more details, and information about business visas and longer stays, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, 2020 16th Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20009 (202/518-5700).

ERITREA - *Passport, proof of onward/return ticket, and visa required. Tourist visa requires 1 application, 1 photo, $25 fee (no personal checks), and proof of sufficient funds. Business visa requires company letter stating purpose of travel. Include SASE for return of passport by mail. Allow 3 working days for processing. For more information, contact the Embassy of Eritrea, 1708 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009, (202/319-1991).

ESTONIA - *Passport required. Visas are not required for stays up to 90 days, but for longer stays, a residency permit is required. For further information, contact the Consulate General of Estonia, 600 Third Ave., 26th Floor, New York, NY 10016 (212/883-0636). Internet: http://www.estemb.org

ETHIOPIA - *Passport and visa required. Tourist/business visa valid for stay up to 2 years, fee $70 or transit visa for 72 hours, $40 (money order only), requires 1 application, and 1 photo. Business visa requires company letter. Allow 3-4 working days for processing. Exit visas are required of all visitors remaining in Ethiopia for more than 30 days. For longer stays and other information, contact the Embassy of Ethiopia, 3506 International Dr., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, (202) 364-1200. Internet: http://www.ethiopianembassy.org.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA - *Passport and visa required. Visas must be obtained before arrival. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia currently has no diplomatic or consular office issuing visas in the U.S. at this time. The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Ottawa, Canada (613/233-6289) will visa accept applications from U.S. citizens. Internet: http://www.mfa.gov.yu

FIJI - *Passport, proof of sufficient funds and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for stay up to 4 months. All visitors over age 12 are required to pay $20 departure tax (tax must be paid in Fijian currency). For further information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of the Fiji Islands, 2233 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., #240, Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/337-8320). Internet: http://www.bulafiji.com/

FINLAND - *Passport required. Tourist/business visa not required for stay up to 90 days. (90 day period begins when entering Nordic area: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.) (For longer stays (e.g. employment, studies) residence/work permits required. Contact the Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/298-5800), or nearest Consulate General: Los Angeles (310/203-9903) or New York (212/750-4400). Internet: http://www.finland.org/index.html

FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days. For more information check with the Embassy of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 3050 K St., N.W., Suite 210, Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/337-3063) or the Consulate General, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 4018, New York, NY 10017 (212/317-1727).

FRANCE - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 90 days in France, Andorra, Monaco, and Corsica, and 1 month in French Polynesia. For further information, contact the Consulate General of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/944-6200) or nearest Consulate: CA (310/235-3200) or 415/397-4330), FL (305/372-9799), GA (404/495-1660), IL (312/787-5359), LA (504/523-5772), MA (617/542-7374), NY (212/606-3644) or TX (713/572-2799). Internet: http://www.info.france-usa.org

FRENCH GUIANA - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 3 months. For further information, contact the Consulate General of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/944-6200). Internet: http://www.france-consulat.org.

FRENCH POLYNESIA - (Includes Society Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Tuamotu, Gambier, French Austral, Marquesas, Kerguelen, Crozet, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Wallis and Furtuna Islands.) *Passport required. Visa not required for visit of up to 1 month. For further information, contact the Consulate General of France (202/944-6200). Internet: http://www.france-consulat.org.

GABON - *Passport and visa required. Visa for a stay of up to 4 months, requires 2 application forms, 2 photos, vaccination certificate for yellow fever, letter from sponsor or hotel in Gabon, and $60 fee. Business visas also require company letter. For longer stays and other information call Embassy of the Gabonese Republic, 2034 20th St., Suite 200, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/797-1000 or 1021) or the Permanent Mission of the Gabonese Republic to the UN, 18 East 41st St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/686-9720).

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - (See Ecuador.)

GAMBIA, THE - *Passport and visa required. Tourist/business visa for a stay up to 1 year, requires 1 application, 1 photo, and $45 fee (money order only). For business visa, you also need company letter stating purpose of visit and itinerary. Allow at least 2 weeks for processing. Include prepaid envelope for return of passport by mail. Apply Embassy of the Gambia, 1155 15th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 (202/785-1399) or Permanent Mission of The Gambia to the U.N., 820 2nd Ave., 9th floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/949-6640). Internet: http://www.gambia.com

GEORGIA - *Passport, visa and letter of invitation required. Visa requires passport (not a photo copy), 1 application, 1 photo, and processing fee ($40 -$70). Please provide SASE or prepaid airbill for return of documents. AIDS test required for persons staying longer than 1 month. For additional information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Georgia, 1615 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/393-6060).

GERMANY - *Passport required. Tourist/business visa not required for stay up to 90 days. For longer stays (e.g. employment, students) obtain temporary residence permit upon arrival. Applicants for residence permits staying over 90 days may be asked to undergo a medical examination. Every foreign national entering Germany is required to provide proof of sufficient health insurance and funds. For further information, contact the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 4645 Reservoir Rd., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/298-4393) or nearest Consulate General: CA (415/775-1061, 213/930-2703), FL (305/358-0290), GA (404/659-4760), IL (312/580-1199), MA (617/536-4414), MI (313/962-6526), NY (212/610-9700), TX (713/627-7770), or WA (206/682-4312). Internet: http://www.germany-info.org

GHANA - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visa required for stay up to 30 days (extendible). Visa requires 1 application form, 4 photos, photocopy of onward/return ticket, and yellow fever immunization. Single-entry visa requires $20 fee, multiple-entry $50 fee (payment by money order only - payable to Embassy of Ghana. Allow 3 working days for processing. Include prepaid envelope for return of passport by overnight mail. Departure tax $15 paid at airport. For additional information, contact the Embassy of Ghana, 3512 International Drive, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/686-4520) or Consulate General, 19 East 47th St., New York, NY 10017 (212/832-1300). Internet: http://www.ghana-embassy.org

GIBRALTAR - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 90 days. For further information, consult British Embassy (202/588-7800). Internet: http://www.britainusa.com

GILBERT ISLANDS - (See Kiribati.)

GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND - (See United Kingdom.)

GREECE - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 90 days. For additional information consult Consular Section of the Embassy of Greece, 2221 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/939-5818 or 5800) or nearest Consulate: CA (310/826-5555 or 415/775-2102/4), GA (404/261-3313), IL (312/335-3915 or 17), LA (504/523-1167), MA (617/543-0100), NY (212/988-5500) or TX (713/840-7522). Internet: http://www.greekembassy.org

GREENLAND - (See Denmark.)

GRENADA - Passport is recommended, but tourists may enter with birth certificate and photo ID. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 3 months, may be extended to maximum of 6 months. For additional information consult Consulate General of Grenada, 1701 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/265-2561) or Permanent Mission of Grenada to the U.N. (212/599-0301).

GUADELOUPE - (See West Indies, French.)

GUATEMALA - *Passport required for a stay of up to 90 days. For travel by minors and general information, contact the Embassy of Guatemala, 2220 R St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008-4081 (202/745-4952), or nearest Consulate: CA (213/365-9251 or 415/788-5651), FL (305/443-4828), IL (312/332-3170), NY (212/686-3837) or TX (713/953-9531). Internet: http://www.guatemala-embassy.org

GUIANA, FRENCH - (See French Guiana.)

GUINEA - *Passport and visa required. Tourist/business visa for a stay of up to 6 months, requires 3 applications forms, 3 photos, onward/return ticket, letter of purpose, yellow fever immunization and $45 fee (cash or money order only). Provide SASE for return of passport by mail. For more information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea, 2112 Leroy Pl., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/483-9420).

GUINEA-BISSAU - *Passport, onward/return ticket, and visa required. Visa must be obtained in advance. For more information, contact the Embassy of Guinea-Bissau, 1511 K Street, NW, Suite 519, Washington, D.C. 20005.

GUYANA - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. For more information consult Embassy of Guyana, 2490 Tracy Pl., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/265-6900/03) or Consulate General, 866 U.N. Plaza, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/527-3215).

HAITI - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days. For further information, consult: Embassy of Haiti, 2311 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/332-4090) or nearest Consulate: FL (305/859-2003), MA (617/266-3660), NY (212/697-9767), PR (809/764-1392), or IL (312/922-4004). Internet: http://www.haiti.org

HOLY SEE, VATICAN CITY STATE - *Passport required for entry into Italy. (See entry requirements under "ITALY.") For further information, consult: Apostolic Nunciature, 3339 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/333-7121).

HONDURAS - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for a stay of up to 90 days; holders of U.S. passports are issued a 30-day permit which can be renewed every 30 days for up to a maximum 90 day stay. Departure tax $25 (U.S.). For additional information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy Honduras, 2nd Floor, 1528 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006 (202/737-2972/78), or nearest Consulate General: CA (213/383-9244 and 415/392-0076), FL (305/447-8927), IL (773/342-8281), LA (504/522-3118), NY (212/269-3611) or TX (713/622-7911). Internet: http://www.hondur asembassy. org

HONG KONG, SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION - *Passport and onward/return transportation by sea/air required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 90 days. Confirmed hotel and flight reservations recommended during peak travel months. Departure tax 100 Hong Kong dollars (approx. $13 U.S.) paid at airport. Visa required for work or study. For other types of travel, consult the Visa Section of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China (202/338-6688). Internet: http://www.china-embassy.org

HUNGARY - *Passport, onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds required. Visa not required for stay up to 90 days. AIDS test required for persons staying longer than 1 year. For longer stays and employment, visas must be obtained before you travel. For more information check Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, 3910 Shoemaker Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/362-6730), or the nearest Consulate General: New York (212/752-0661) or Los Angeles (310/473-9344). Internet: http://www.hungaryemb.org

ICELAND - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 90 days. (90 day period begins when entering Nordic area: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.) For additional information call Embassy of Iceland, 1156 15th Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, D.C. 20005 (202/265-6653-5), or Consulate General in New York (212/593-2700).

INDIA - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visas require 1 application form, 2 photos, onward/return ticket, $150 fee, and proof of sufficient funds. Visa must be obtained before arrival. Include prepaid envelope for return of passport by certified mail. AIDS test required for all students and anyone over 18 staying 1 year or more; U.S. test from well known lab accepted. For information about business visas and other requirements, consult the Embassy of India, 2536 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/939-9806/9839) or nearest Consulate General: Chicago (312/595-0405), Houston (713-626-2355), New York (212/774-0600) or San Francisco (415/668-0683). Internet: http://www.indianembassy.org/
 

INDONESIA - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 2 months (non-extendible). Letter of intent from employer or sponsor required for business/social and temporary stay visa. For longer stays and additional information, consult the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/775-5200) or nearest Consulate General: CA (213/383-5126 or 415/474-9571), IL (312/595-1777), NY (212/879-0600) or TX (713/785-1691).

IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF - *Passport and visa required. The United States does not maintain diplomatic or consular relations with Iran. Travel by U.S. citizens is not recommended. Attention: U.S. citizens need a Treasury Dept. license in order to engage in any transactions related to travel to and within Iran. Before planning any travel to Iran, U.S. citizens should contact the Licensing Division, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, 1331 G St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20220 (202/622-2480) or http://www.ustreas.gov/ofac/. For visa information, contact the Embassy of Pakistan, Iranian Interests Section, 2209 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/965-4990). Internet: http://www.daftar.org

IRAQ - *Passport and visa required. Proof of an AIDS test required. The United States suspended diplomatic and consular operations in Iraq in 1990. Since February 1991, U.S. passports are not valid for travel in, to, or through Iraq without authorization from the Department of State. Application for exemptions to this restriction should be submitted in writing to Passport Services, Attn: CA/PPT/PAS, U.S. Department of State, 1111 19th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20524. Attention: U.S. citizens need a Treasury Dept. license in order to engage in any transactions related to travel to and within Iraq. Before planning any travel to Iraq, U.S. citizens should contact the Licensing Division, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, 1331 G St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20220 (202/622-2480) or http://www.ustreas.gov/ofac/. For more visa information, contact the Iraqi Interests Section, 1801 P Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202-483-7500).

IRELAND - *Passport required. Tourists are not required to obtain visas for stays less than 90 days, but may be asked to show onward/return ticket. For further information, consult Embassy of Ireland, 2234 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/462-3939) or nearest Consulate General: CA (415/392-4214), IL (312/337-1868), MA (617/267-9330) or NY (212/319-2555). Internet: http://www.irelandemb.org

ISRAEL - *Passport, onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds required. Visa not required for tourist or business stay of up to 90 days. Notarized consent from parent(s) required for children traveling alone, with one parent, or in someone else's custody. Consult the Consular Section of the Embassy of Israel, 3514 International Dr., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/364-5527) or nearest Consulate General: CA (323/852-5500 and 415/844-7500), FL (305/925-9400), GA (404/487-6500), IL (312/297-4800), MA (617/535-0200), NY (212/499-5400), PA (215/546-5556) or TX (713/627-3780). Internet: http://www.israelemb.org

ITALY - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist or business stays up to 90 days. For longer stays, employment, or study obtain visa in advance. For additional information, consult the Embassy of Italy, Whitehaven Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/612-4400) or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/820-0622 or 415/931-4924), FL (305/374-6322), TX (713/850-7520), IL (312/467-1550), MA (617/542-0483/4), MI (313/963-8560), NY (212/737-9100), PA (215/592-7329) or TX (713/850-7520). Internet: http://www.italyemb.org

IVORY COAST - (See Cote d'Ivoire.)

JAMAICA - Passport or original birth or naturalization certificate and valid driver's license or state-issued photo ID, onward or return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds required. For business or study, visa must be obtained in advance, $45 fee. Departure tax $22 (paid at airport). Check information with Embassy of Jamaica, 1520 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/452-0660) or nearest Consulate: CA (310/559-3822 or 510/266-0072), FL (305/374-8431), IL (312/663-0023), NY (212/935-9000), MA (617/266-8604), or WA (206/872-8950).
 

JAPAN - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 90 days. Passenger service facilities charge $20-$26 (2,040-2,650 yen) paid at airport. For specific information, consult the Embassy of Japan, 2520 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/238-6800) or nearest Consulate General: AK (907/279-8428), CA (213/617-6700 or 415/777-3533), FL (305/530-9090), GA (404/892-2700), Guam (671/646-1290), HI (808/543-3111), IL (312/280-0400), LA (504/529-2101), MA (617/973-9772), MI (313/567-0120), MO (816/471-0111), NY (212/371-8222), OR (503/221-1811), CNMI (670/234-7201), TX (713/652-2977) or WA (206/682-9107). Internet: http://www.embjapan.org

JORDAN - *Passport and visa required. Single-entry visa requires 1 application form and $16.50 fee, multiple-entry visa requires a $31.50 fee (money order only). For a business visa, you also need a company letter stating purpose of your trip. If applying by mail, enclose a self-addressed prepaid airway bill or check payable to Federal Express, UPS, or DHL for return of passport. AIDS test required for persons staying longer than 3 months. For details, consult the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 3504 International Dr., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/966-2664) or nearest Consulate General: CA (415/546-1155), MI (248-/557-4377), NY (212/832-0119), or TX (713/224-2911). Internet: http://www.jordanembassy us.org

KAZAKHSTAN - *Passport, onward/return ticket and visa required. Visas require 1 application and 1 photo. Tourist visa requires a letter of invitation from Kazahstan's tourist agency with confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Requirements for business travel include confirmation from inviting organization with confirmation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Cost of visa depends on duration of stay. Fees must be paid by money order, cashier's check, or traveler's cheque. Visa processing depends on length of stay and processing time. HIV test certificate required for anyone staying more than 3 months. Foreigners must register with the local office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs or at the hotel within 72 hours of arrival to Kazakhstan. For additional information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 1401 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/232-5488) or their Consulate, 866 UN Plaza, Suite 586 A, New York, NY 10017 (212/888-3024).

KENYA - *Passport, visa, and onward/return ticket required. Visas should be obtained in advance, although airport visas are available. Travelers who opt to obtain an airport visa should expect delays upon arrival. Evidence of yellow fever immunization may be requested. Tourist visas require 1 application form, 2 photos, onward/return ticket and $50 fee (money order or cashier's check only). Multiple-entry visa, $100 fee (money order or cashier's check only). Airport departure tax is $20. For additional information, consult the Embassy of Kenya, 2249 R St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/387-6101) or Consulate General: Los Angeles (310/274-6635) or New York (212/486-1300). Internet: http://www.kenya embassy.com

KIRIBATI (formerly Gilbert Islands) - *Passport, onward/return ticket, proof of sufficient funds, and visa required. Visa requires 1 application form, 2 photos, and $57.75 fee (for single-entry visa). For additional information consult the Embassy of Fiji (202/337-8320).
 

KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF (North Korea) - *Passport and visa required. Attention: U.S. citizens need a Treasury Dept. license in order to engage in any transactions related to travel to and within North Korea. Before planning any travel to North Korea, U.S. citizens should contact the Licensing Division, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, 1331 G St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20220 (202/622-2480) or http://www.ustreas.gov/ofac/. The United States currently does not maintain diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea. Visa information must be obtained from a consulate in a country that maintains diplomatic relations with North Korea.

KOREA, REPUBLIC OF (South Korea) - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for a tourist stay up to 30 days. For longer stays and other types of travel, visa must be obtained in advance, $45 fee. Tourist visa requires passport, 1 application form, and 1 photo. Business visa requires 1 application form, 1 photo and company letter. Fine imposed for overstaying visa and for long-term visa holders not registered within 60 days after entry. If applying by mail, enclose SASE or prepaid airbill. Vaccination certificate required if coming from infected area within 14 days of arrival in Korea. AIDS test required for persons working as entertainers and staying longer than 90 days; U.S. tests results accepted. For further information check Embassy of the Republic of Korea, (Consular Division), 2320 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/939-5663 or 60) or nearest Consulate General: CA (213/385-9300 and 415/921-2251/3), FL (305/372-1555), GA (404/522-1611/3), Guam (671/472-6488), HI (808/595-6109), IL (312/822-9485), MA (617/348-3660), NY (212/752-1700), TX (713/961-0186) or WA (206/441-1011/4).

KUWAIT - *Passport and visa required. Business visa requires 2 application forms, 2 photos, a business letter, and $24 fee. Transit visa, valid for up to 72 hours, requires copy of onward/return ticket, visa for next destination (if applicable), $8 fee. AIDS test required for residency and work permits; U.S. test accepted. For further information, contact the Embassy of the State of Kuwait, 2940 Tilden St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/966-0702) or Consulate, 321 East 44th St., New York, NY 10017 (212/973-4318). Internet: http://www.kuwait-info.org

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC (Kyrgyzstan) - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires 1 application form, 1 photo, detailed letter of invitation, and appropriate fee ($25-$200). Visa and processing fees vary depending upon duration of stay and processing time requested. Include SASE for return of passport by mail (or proper fee for express mail service). AIDS test required for persons staying longer than 1 month; U.S. test results accepted. For additional information and fees, contact the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic, 1732 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/338-5143). Internet: http://www.kyrgyzstan.org

LAOS - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires $30 fee, 1 application form, 1 photo, onward/return ticket, sufficient funds, and SASE for return of passport by mail. Tourist visas can be obtained upon arrival at certain entry points or before departure from the Lao Embassy. Visa available for a stay of up to15 days, extended. For business visas and more information, check with the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, 2222 S St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/667-0076). Internet: http://www.visit-laos.com

LATVIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for a stay of up to 90 days. AIDS test required for persons seeking residency permits; U.S. tests results accepted. For specific requirements, contact the Embassy of Latvia, 4325 17th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20011 (202/726-8213). Internet: http://www.latvia-usa.org

LEBANON - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires 1 application form, 2 photos, and cover letter detailing length of stay. Single-entry visa, $35 (stay cannot exceed 3 months) multiple-entry visa, $70 (stay cannot exceed 6 months). Business visa requires company letter stating purpose of travel. AIDS test required for those seeking residence permits; U.S. test is accepted. Minors need authorization from both parents (a notarized parental consent form/letter) to enter Lebanon. For further visa information, contact the Embassy of Lebanon, 2560 28th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/939-6300) or nearest Consulate General: Los Angeles (323/467-1253), Detroit (313/567-0233), or New York (212/744-7905). Internet: http://www.lebanonembassy.org

LEEWARD ISLANDS - (See Virgin Islands, British.)

LESOTHO - *Passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds required. For more information, check with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho, 2511 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/797-5533).

LIBERIA - *Passport and visa required. Travelers must obtain visas before arrival. Tourist/business entry visa valid 3 months, $45 fee, requires 2 application forms, 2 photos, onward/return ticket, proof of sufficient funds, and Certificate of Immunization against yellow fever. Company letter needed for business visa. Include SASE for return of passport by mail. Obtain exit permit from immigration authorities upon arrival, 1 photo required. For other requirements call the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia, 5201 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20011 (202/723-0437). Internet: http://www.liberiaemb.org

LIBYA - *Passport and visa required. AIDS test required for those seeking residence permits; U.S. test accepted. Since December 1981, U.S. passports are not valid for travel in, to, or through Libya without authorization from the Department of State. Application for exemptions to this restriction should be submitted in writing to Passport Services, U.S. Department of State, 1111 19th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20524, Attn.: CA/PPT/PAS. Attention: U.S. citizens need a Treasury Dept. license in order to engage in any transactions related to travel to and within Libya. Before planning any travel to Libya, U.S. citizens should contact the Licensing Division, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, 1331 G St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20220 (202/622-2480) or http://www.ustreas.gov/ofac/. Application and inquiries for visas must be made through a country that maintains diplomatic relations with Libya.

LIECHTENSTEIN - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 90 days. For further information, contact the Embassy of Switzerland, 2900 Cathedral Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/745-7900) or the nearest Consulate General: CA (310/575-1145 or 415/788-2272), GA (404/870-2000), IL (312/915-0061), NY (212/599-5700), or TX (713/650-0000). Internet: http://www.swissemb.org.

LITHUANIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days. AIDS test required for persons seeking residency permits; U.S. tests results accepted. For further information, contact the Embassy of Lithuania, 2622 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/234-5860) or Consulate General in New York, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018 (212/354-7849) or Chicago, 211 East Ontario Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL (312/397-0382).

LUXEMBOURG - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days. For additional information, contact the Embassy of Luxembourg, 2200 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/265-4171) or the nearest Consulate: San Francisco (415/788-0816) or New York (212/888-6664).

MACAU, SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION - *Passport required. Visa not required for visits up to 60 days. For further information, consult the Visa Section of the Chinese Embassy, 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/338-6688) or the nearest Chinese Consulate General: Chicago (312/803-0098), Houston (713/524-4311), Los Angeles (213/807-8018), New York (212/330-7409) or San Francisco (415/563-4857), or the Macau Tourist Information Bureau, Suite 2R, 77 Seventh Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10011. Internet: http://www.macau.gov.mo

MACEDONIA - (See Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.)

MADAGASCAR, REPUBLIC OF - *Passport and visa required. Visa allows entry in Madagascar within 6 months from the date of issue. Short-term visas valid for single-entry up to 30 days, $33.45; or double-entries, $39.01 (no personal checks). Requires 1 application form, 1 photo, proof of onward/return transportation, and sufficient funds for stay. For business visa, the aforementioned is required including company letter. Include a prepaid envelope for return of passport by registered mail. For longer stays and additional information, contact the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Madagascar, 2374 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/265-5525/6) or the U.N. Mission in New York, NY (212/986-9491). Internet: http://www.embassy.org/madagascar

MALAWI - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 6 months. Exit fee $20. For further information, contact the Embassy of Malawi, 2408 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/797-1007) or Malawi Mission to the U.N., 600 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10016 (212/949-0180).

MALAYSIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 3 months. Medical exam required for work permits. U.S. test sometimes accepted. For entry of pets or other types of visits, consult the Embassy of Malaysia, 2401 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/328-2700) or nearest Consulate: Los Angeles (213/892-1238) or New York (212/490-2722). Internet: http://www.undp.org/missions/malaysia

MALDIVES - *Passport required. Tourist visa issued upon arrival for 30 days validity, no charge (for stays longer than 30 days, you must apply at the immigration office in Maldives). Visitors must have proof of hotel reservations, onward/return transportation, and sufficient funds (minimum of $25 per person per day). Check with the Maldives Mission to the U.N. in New York (212/599-6195) for further information.

MALI - *Passport and visa required. Visa must be obtained in advance. Tourist/business visa for stay up to 1 month, may be extended after arrival, requires $20 fee (cash or money order), 2 application forms, 2 photos, and proof of onward/return transportation. For business travel, must have company letter stating purpose of trip. Send SASE for return of passport if applying by mail and/or appropriate express mail fees. Apply at the Embassy of the Republic of Mali, 2130 R St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/332-2249).

MALTA - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 90 days (extension must be applied for prior to end of 90-day period or expiration of original visa while in Malta). Visa requires 1 application form, 2 photos, proof of onward/return ticket, and $40 fee (check or money order). Transit visa available for $30 fee (fees are non-refundable). For additional information consult the Embassy of Malta, 2017 Conn. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/462-3611/2) or nearest Consulate: CA (415/468-4321), MI (313/525-9777), MO (816/833-0033), MN (612/228-0935), NY (212/725-2345), PA (610/664-7475), or TX (713/428-7800 or 214/777-4463).

MARSHALL ISLANDS, REPUBLIC OF THE - Passport, sufficient funds for stay and onward/return ticket required for stay up to 30 days (extendible up to 90 days from date of entry). Departure fee $20. Health certificate required if arriving from infected areas. AIDS test may be required for visits over 30 days; U.S. test accepted. Check information with Embassy of Marshall Islands, 2433 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/234-5414) or Permanent Mission to the U.N., 220 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017 (212/983-3040) or the Consulate General in Hawaii (808/545-7767). Internet: http://www.rmiembassyus.org

MARTINIQUE - (See West Indies, French.)

MAURITANIA - *Passport and visa required. Obtain visa before arrival. Visa valid 1 to 3 days, requires $50 fee, 3 days to 3 months, requires $125 fee (fees payable by certified check or money order only), 2 application forms, 4 photos, proof of sufficient funds (bank statement), letter of invitation, bank statement and proof of onward/return transportation. Business travelers must have letter from sponsoring company. For further information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Mauritania, 2129 Leroy Pl., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/232-5700).

MAURITIUS - *Passport, sufficient funds for stay, confirmation from hotel, and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 6 months. AIDS test performed upon arrival, when applicants are applying for permanent residency and work permits. For further information, consult the Embassy of Mauritius, Suite 441, 4301 Conn. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/244-1491/2) or the Honorary Consulate: Los Angeles (818/788-3720).

MAYOTTE ISLAND - (See France.)
 

MEXICO - *Passport and visa not required of U.S. citizens for tourist/transit stay up to 90 days. Tourist card is required. Tourist card valid 3 months for single entry up to 180 days, no charge, requires proof of U.S. citizenship, photo ID and proof of sufficient funds. Tourist cards may be obtained in advance from Consulate, Tourism Office, and most airlines serving Mexico upon arrival. Departure tax $10 is paid at airport when not included in the cost of the airline ticket. Notarized consent from parent(s) required for children under age 18 traveling alone, with one parent, or in someone else's custody. For details and information on other types of travel, check with the Embassy of Mexico's Consular Section, 2827 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20009-4260 (202/736-1000) or nearest Consulate General: AZ (602/242-7398), CA (213/351-6800, 415/392-5554 and 619/231-8414), CO (303/331-1110), FL (305/716-4977), GA (404/266-1913), IL (312/855-1380), LA (504/522-3596), NY (212/689-0460), PR (809/764-0258) or TX (210/227-1085, 214/252-9250, 713/271-6800, 512/478-9031 and 915/533-4082).

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnei, and Yap) - Proof of citizenship, sufficient funds, and onward/return ticket required for tourist visit up to 30 days, extendible (up to 1 year from date of entry) after arrival in Micronesia. Entry permit is needed for other types of travel; obtain forms from airline. Departure fee for Chuuk and Kosrae $10 and $5 for Pohnpei (U.S. currency). Health certificate may be required if traveling from infected area. AIDS test required if staying over 90 days; U.S. test is accepted. For further information, contact the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia, 1725 N St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/223-4383) or nearest Consulate: Hawaii (808/836-4775) or Guam (671/646-9154). Internet: http://www.fsmgob.org

MIQUELON ISLAND - Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship and official photo ID are sufficient for tourist/business stays of up to 3 months. (Stays from 2 weeks to 3 months require a valid *passport.) A visa is required for stays over 3 month. For further information, consult the Embassy of France (202/944-6000). Internet: http://www.france-consulat.org.

MOLDOVA - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires 1 application form, 1 photo, and processing fee. Single-entry visa, $40, multiple-entry $50-$200 (depending on length of stay), transit visa, single entry $20, double entry $40. There is an additional $5 visa application fee that must be paid separately. All fees must be paid with company checks or money orders only. No fee for visa for children under age 16. AIDS test required for persons staying over 90 days; U.S. tests results sometimes accepted. For additional information consult, the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova, 1533 K Street, N.W., Suite 333, Washington, D.C. 20005, (202/667-1130). Internet: http://www.moldova.org

MONACO - *Passport required. Visa not required for visit up to 90 days. For further information, contact the Embassy of France, (202/944-6000) or nearest Honorary Consulate of the Principality of Monaco: CA (213/655-8970 or 415/362-5050), IL (312/642-1242), LA (504/522-5700), NY (212/759-5227) or PR (809/721-4215). Internet: http://www.france.consulate.org

MONGOLIA - *Passport and visa required. Transit visa for stay up to 48 hours requires copy of onward ticket, visa for next destination and $35 fee. Tourist visa for up to 30 days requires confirmation from Mongolian Travel Agency (Zhuulchin) and $45 fee. Business visa requires letter from company stating purpose of trip and invitation from Mongolian organization and fee. Submit 1 application form, 1 photo, itinerary and prepaid envelope for return of passport by certified or special delivery mail. AIDS test required for students and anyone staying longer than 3 months; U.S. test accepted. All foreigners are required to be registered with the Civil Registration Information Center Police Department in Mongolia upon arrival regardless of duration of stay and are warned to do so in order to avoid any inconveniences they may face upon departure. For additional information, contact the Embassy of Mongolia, 2833 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/333-7117) or the UN Mission of Mongolia, 6 East 77th St., New York, NY 10021 (212/861-9460). Internet: http://www.undp.org/missions/mongolia

MONTSERRAT - (See West Indies, British)

MOROCCO - *Passport required. Visa not required for stays up to 3 months, extendible. For additional information consult the Embassy of Morocco, 1601 21st St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/462-7734) or Consulate General in New York (212/213-9644).

MOZAMBIQUE - *Passport and visa required. Visa must be obtained in advance. Entry visa valid 3 months from date of issuance, requires 1 application form, 2 photos, $20 (single-entry) or $40 (multiple-entry) processing fee, and letter (from company or individual) giving detailed itinerary and address of where visitor is staying. Visitors must exchange $50 at point of entry and declare all foreign currency. Apply at the Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique, Suite 570, 1990 M St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/293-7146).

MYANMAR (see Burma.)

NAMIBIA - *Passport, onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds required. Visa not required for tourist or business stay up to 90 days. Person planning to work (this includes unpaid volunteers) in Namibia must obtain work and residency permits and/or visas from the Embassy of Namibia before traveling. Consult the Embassy of Namibia, 1605 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/986-0540) for further information.

NAURU - *Passport, visa, onward/return ticket and sponsorship from a resident in Nauru required. For more information, contact the Consulate of the Republic of Nauru in Guam: Ada Professional Bldg., Marine Dr. 1st Floor, Agana, Guam 96910 (671/649-7106 or 7107).

NEPAL - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visa extendible to a maximum period of 150 days in one visa year (January to December). Single-entry visa for 60 days, $30; double-entry visa for 60 days, $55; triple entry visa for 60 days, $70; and multiple-entry visa with a validity for 60 days, $90; requires 1 application form and 1 photo. Entry visas are valid for entry into Nepal within six months from the date of issue. Tourist visa can also be obtained from Immigration Office at Katmandu Airport and other specified ports of entry. Airport tax of Rs.900 must be paid for all international flights into Nepal. For additional information about "trekking permits" and entry requirements, contact the Royal Nepalese Embassy, 2131 Leroy Pl., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/667-4550), or Consulate General in New York (212/370-3988). Internet: http://www.undp.org/missions/nepal

NETHERLANDS - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business visit up to 90 days. Tourists may be asked to show onward/return ticket, proof of sufficient funds and health insurance coverage, and that there is adequate housing available for length of stay. Long term visitors must register with the local police within 8 days of arrival. (No residency permits granted.) For further information, contact the Embassy of the Netherlands, 4200 Linnean Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/244-5300) or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/268-1598), IL (312/856-0110), NY (212/246-1429), or TX (713/622-8000). Internet: http://www.netherlands-embassy.org

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES - Islands include Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Statia, St. Maarten. Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship (i.e. certified birth certificate or voter registration card with photo ID) required. Visa not required for stay up to 14 days, extendible to 90 days after arrival. Tourists may be asked to show onward/return ticket or proof of sufficient funds for stay. Departure tax $10 when leaving Bonaire and Curacao, $4 in Statia, $10 in St. Maarten. For further information, consult Embassy of the Netherlands (202/244-5300), or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/2681598), IL (312/856-0110), NY (212/246-1429) or TX (713/622-8000). Internet: http://www.netherlands-embassy.org

NEW CALEDONIA - (See French Polynesia.)

NEW ZEALAND - *Passport and arrival card (to be completed upon arrival) required. Visa not required for tourist or business meeting or consultations stay up to 3 months, must have onward/return ticket, visa for next destination and proof of sufficient funds. For business or additional information, contact the Embassy of New Zealand, 37 Observatory Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/328-4800) or the Consulate General in Los Angeles (310/207-1605. Internet: http://www.emb.com/nzemb

NICARAGUA - *Passport valid 6 months beyond duration of stay, onward/return ticket and $5 entry fee required for a stay up to 30 days. Airport departure tax $18. If you change status from visitor to permanent resident while in Nicaragua, you will need to deposit with their immigration officials the equivalent cost of a one-way ticket from Nicaragua to the U.S. Business visa also requires a letter of invitation from business contact in Nicaragua. For further information, travelers may contact the Consulate of Nicaragua, 1627 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/939-6531 or 32) or the nearest Consulate in CA (213/252-1170 or 415/765-6821), FL (305/220-6900), LA (504/523-1507), NY (212/983-1981), or TX (713/272-9628).

NIGER - *Passport and visa required. Visa must be used within 3 months of issuance. All visa types require 3 application forms, 3 photos, proof of onward/return transportation, and $35.58 (1 month stay) or $88.94 (longer stay) fee. Transit visas required for travelers continuing through Niger. For tourist visa the general requirements apply as well as 2 copies of bank statement, certifying the traveler has at least $500 in his/her bank account. For business visas, general requirements apply, plus 1 copy of a letter from the company that is being represented stating the purpose, activities, duration, and source of financial responsibility for the trip. Provide SASE or prepaid airbill for return of documents. For further information and fees, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Niger, 2204 R St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/483-4224).

NIGERIA - *Passport, proof of sufficient funds, hotel confirmation, and visa required. Visa requires 1 application, 1 photo, proof of onward/return transportation, fees (contact the Embassy of Nigeria for appropriate fees), and letter of invitation from Nigeria. Business visa requires letter from counterpart in Nigeria and letter of introduction from U.S. company. For information about visa fees and for other requirements, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Nigeria, 2201 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 (202/822-1500 or 1522) or the Consulate General in New York (212/715-7200).

NIUE - Passport, onward/return ticket, and confirmed hotel accommodations required. Visa not required for stay up to 30 days. For additional information, consult the Embassy of New Zealand (202/328-4800).

NORFOLK ISLAND - *Passport and visa required. Visa issued upon arrival for visit up to 30 days, extendible, requires confirmed accommodations and onward/return ticket. Business visa must be obtained before arrival, $27 fee. Australian transit visa must also be obtained in advance for travel to Norfolk Island. For both visas, consult the Australian Embassy (202/797-3000). Internet addresses: http://www.austemb.org or www.pitcairners.org

NORWAY - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 90 days. (90 day period begins when entering Nordic area: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.) No pets. For further information, contact the Royal Norwegian Embassy, 2720 34th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/333-6000) or nearest Consulate General: CA (415/986-0766 to 68 ), FL (305/358-4386), MN (612/332-3338), NY (212/421-7333), or TX (713/521-2900). Internet: http://www.norway.org

OMAN - Passport (must be valid for not less than 12 months) and visa required. Tourist/business visas for multiple-entry issued for stay up to 6 months and valid for 2 years requires $60 fee (cash, cashier's check or money order). Single-entry visa requires $36 fee (cash, cashier's check or money order). Both types of visas require 1 application form and a SASE for return of passport by mail. AIDS test required for work permits. U.S. test not accepted. Allow 1-3 days for processing. For transit and road travel, check with the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman, 2535 Belmont Rd., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/387-1980, 1981 or 1982).

PAKISTAN - *Passport and visa required. Visa must be obtained before arrival. Tourist visa requires 1 application form, 2 photos, and proof of onward/return transportation. Validity depends on length of visit, multiple entries, and $45 fee. Need company cover letter and invitation for business visa. Include prepaid envelope for return of passport by registered mail. For applications and inquiries in Washington area, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of Pakistan, 2315 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/939-6295/61), or CA (310/441-5114), or NY (212/879-5800). Internet: http://www.pakistan-embassy.com
 

PALAU, THE REPUBLIC OF - Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship, visa, and onward/return ticket required. Visa, issued at airport, requires $50 fee for stays of up to 30 days. Obtain visa forms for entry permit from airline or shipping agent serving Palau. For further information, consult with Representative Office, 1150 18th St., N.W., Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/452-6814).

PANAMA - *Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship and photo ID, tourist card or visa, proof of sufficient funds, and onward/return ticket required. Visa and tourist card valid 30 days. Visa issued at Embassy of Panama or one of the consulates. Tourist card available from airline serving Panama for $10 fee. Stay can be extended up to 60 days, apply at the main office of Immigration and Naturalization in Panama. Visa requires 1 application form and 1 photo. Allow one working day for processing. Departure tax $20 is paid at airport. AIDS test required for persons adjusting visa status while in Panama. For longer stays and additional information regarding travel other than via a commercial airline, contact the Embassy of Panama, 2862 McGill Terrace, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/483-1407) or the nearest Consulate: CA (415/391-4268), FL (305/371-7031 or 813/831-6685), LA (504/525-3458), NY (212/840-2450), PA (215/574-2994), or TX (713/622-445l).

PAPUA NEW GUINEA - *Passport, visa, onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds required. Tourist and business visas for a stay up to 60 days (extendible). multiple-entry visa requires 1 application form, 1 photo, letter of invitation, and $256.25 fee. Business visas also requires letter of invitation from sponsoring company, bio-data, recent annual report of parent company. AIDS other medical test required for work and residency permits; U.S. test accepted. Please provide SASE or prepaid airbill for return of documents. For longer stays and further information, contact the Embassy of Papua New Guinea, #805, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/745-3680) or the Papua New Guinea Honorary Consulate, P.O. Box 893133, Mililani, Hono-lulu, Hawaii 96789 (808/623-8144). Internet: http://www.pngemb assy.org

PARAGUAY - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 90 days (extendible). Exit tax $20 (paid at airport). AIDS test required for resident visas. U.S. test sometimes accepted. For additional information, consult the Embassy of Paraguay, 2400 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/483-6960). Internet: http://www.mre.gov.py/embaparusa/USA.htm

PERU - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 90 days, extendible after arrival. Tourists need onward/return ticket. Business visa requires 1 application form, 1 photo, company letter stating purpose of trip, and $27 fee. For further information, contact the Consulate General of Peru, 1625 Mass. Ave., N.W., Suite 605, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/462-1084) or nearest Consulate: CA (213/252-5910 and 415/362-5185), FL (305/374-1305), IL (312/853-6174), NY (212/481-7410), or TX (713/355-9438).

PHILIPPINES - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. For entry by Manila International Airport, visa not required for transit/tourist stay up to 21 days, extendible to a maximum of 59 days with approval of immigration authorities. Visas requires 1 application form, 1 photo, $30 fee for single-entry and $90 fee multiple-entry. Company letter needed for business visa. For longer stays or more information, contact the Embassy of the Philippines, 1600 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/467-9300) or nearest Consulate General: CA (213/639-0980 to 85 and 415/433-6666 or 69), HI (808/595-6316), NY (212/764-1330 or 34), or CNMI (670/234-1848). Internet: us.sequel.net/RPinUS

POLAND - *Passport and proof of sufficient funds required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days. Visitors must register at hotel or with local authorities within 48 hours after arrival. For longer stays or more information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Poland (Consular Division), 2224 Wyoming Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/232-4517) or nearest Consulate General: Chicago, IL, 1530 Lakeshore Dr., 60610 (312/337-8166), Los Angeles, CA, 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 555, 90025 (310/442-8500) or New York, NY, 233 Madison Ave., 10016 (212/889-8360). Internet: http://www.polishworld.com/polemb

PORTUGAL - (Includes travel to the Azores and Madeira Islands.) *Passport required. Visa not required for visit up to 90 days. For travel with pets and other information consult the Embassy of Portugal, 2310 Tracy Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/332-3007) or the nearest Consulate: CA (415/346-3400), MA (617/536-8740 and 508/997-6151), NJ (973/643-4200), NY (212/246-4580) or RI (401/272-2003).
Internet: http://www.portugalemb.org

QATAR - *Passport and visa required. Business visitors, tourists, those attending scientific or cultural symposia, and medical visitors are granted a 10-year multiple-entry visa at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. One application form, 1 photo, letter of invitation and a non-refundable application fee of $45 is required. Please provide a SASE for return of passport by mail. AIDS test required for persons seeking residency permits and visitors staying longer than 1 month; U.S. tests results not accepted. For specific information, contact the Embassy of the State of Qatar, Suite 200, 4200 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016 (202/274-1603).

REUNION - (See France.)

ROMANIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for a stay up to 30 days. For stays exceeding 30 days, visa should be obtained in advance. Visa requires letter stating purpose of travel, duration, departure and return dates, and a SASE for return of passport by mail. For additional information, consult the Embassy of Romania, 1607 23rd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/332-4851) or the nearest Consulate General: New York (212/682-9120) and Los Angeles (310/444-0043). Internet: http://www.roemembus.org

RUSSIA - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visa requires 1 application form, 3 photos, confirmation and voucher from travel agency and/or hotel in Russia, cover letter from travel agency, and processing fee. Business visa requires 1 application, 3 photos, cover letter from your company, and letter of an official invitation from an authorized Russian counterpart and visa processing fee. Visa processing fee for business and tourist visas is $70 for 2 weeks, $80 for one week, and $110 for less than three working days. Multiple-entry business visa (needs confirmation through the Russian MFA) - $200 to $450 processing fee. Fees must be paid by money order or cashier's check only. Transit visas required when traveling through Russia, even if you remain on the plane. Provide SASE for return of passport by mail. HIV test certificate required for anyone staying over 3 months. For additional information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of Russia, 2641 Tunlaw Road, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/939-8907 or 8918) or the nearest Consulate General: NY (212/348-0926, 0955, 0626), CA (415/928-6878) or WA (206/728-1910). Internet: http://www.russianembassy.org

RWANDA - *Passport required. Visa not required for a stay of up to 30 days. For more information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda, 1714 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/232-2882), or the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the U.N., 124 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 (212/696-0644/45/46), or the nearest Consulate General in Chicago (708/205-1188), or Denver (303/321-2400).

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship, photo ID and onward/return ticket required for stay up to 3 months. AIDS test required for persons seeking residency/study/work permits; U.S. tests results sometimes accepted. For further information, consult the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis, 3216 New Mexico Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20016 (202/686-2636) or Permanent Mission to the U.N., 414 East 75th St., Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10021 (212/535-1234).
Internet: http://www.stkittsnevis.org

SAINT LUCIA - Passport (or proof of U.S. citizenship and photo ID) and return/onward ticket required for stay up to 6 months. For additional information, contact the Embassy of Saint Lucia, 3216 New Mexico Ave., Washington, D.C. 20016 (202/364-6792) or Permanent Mission to the U.N., 820 Second Ave., Suite 900E, New York, NY 10017 (212/697-9360).

ST. MARTIN (ST. MAARTEN*) - (See West Indies, French or *Netherlands Antilles.)

ST. PIERRE - Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship and official photo ID sufficient for tourist/business stays of up to 2 weeks. (Stays from 2 weeks to 3 months require a valid *passport.) A visa is required for stays over 3 month. For further information, consult the Embassy of France (202/944-6000). Internet: http://www.france-consulat.org.

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES - Proof of U.S. citizenship, photo ID, and onward/return ticket and/or proof of sufficient funds required for tourist stay up to 6 months. AIDS test required for persons seeking residency permits; U.S. tests results accepted. For more information consult the Embassy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 3216 New Mexico Ave., Washington, D.C. 20016 (202/364-6730) or Consulate, 801 Second Ave., 21st Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/687-4490).

SAMOA - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for stay up to 30 days. For longer stays and more information, contact the Independent State of Samoa Mission to the U.N., 820 2nd Avenue, Suite 800, New York, NY (212/599-6196) or the Honorary Consul in Hawaii (808/677-7197).

SAN MARINO - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 90 days. For additional information, contact the nearest Honorary Consulate of the Republic of San Marino: Washington, D.C. (1899 L St., N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202/223-3517), Detroit (313/528-1190) or New York (516/242-2212).

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visas for single entry of up to 3 months ($30) or multiple entry of up to 6 months ($35) and business visas for single entry of up to 3 months ($35) or multiple entry of up to 6 months ($40) require 1 application form, 1 photo, and letter stating purpose of travel. Fees are to be paid by money order only. Company letter is required for a business visa. Enclose prepaid envelope or postage for return of passport by FedEx service. Apply at the Permanent Mission of Sao Tome and Principe to the U.N., 400 Park Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10022 (212/317-0533).

SAUDI ARABIA - *Passport and visa required. (Tourist visas are not available for travel to Saudi Arabia.) Transit visa valid 72 hours, requires onward/return ticket, 1 application form, no fee. Business visa, for a stay not to exceed 30 days, requires $54 fee (money order only), 1 application form, 1 photo, company letter stating purpose of visit, invitation from Foreign Ministry in Saudi Arabia and SASE for return of passport by mail. Medical report, including AIDS test, required for work permits; U.S. test sometimes accepted. For details and requirements for family visits and religious travel, contact the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, 601 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 (202/342-3800) or nearest Consulate General: Los Angeles (213/479-6000), New York (212/752-2740) or Houston (713/785-5577).
Internet: http://www.saudiembassy.net

SCOTLAND - (See United Kingdom.)

SENEGAL - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa not needed for stay up to 90 days. For further information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Senegal, 2112 Wyoming Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/234-0540).

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO - (See Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.)

SEYCHELLES - *Passport, onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds required. Visa issued upon arrival for stay up to 1 month, no charge, extendible up to 1 year. Medical exam, including AIDS test, performed upon arrival for work permits; U.S. test not accepted. For more information, consult Permanent Mission of Seychelles to the U.N., 800 Second Ave., Suite 400, New York, NY 10017 (212/972-1785) for further information.

SIERRA LEONE - *Passport and visa required. Single-entry visa valid 3 months, requires 1 application form, 1 photo, return/onward ticket, proof of financial support from bank or employer and $45 fee (money order only). Multiple-entry visa, $90 fee. Business visa also require a letter of invitation from a company in Sierra Leone and a profile of the company in the USA that the traveler is representing. Provide SASE or prepaid airbill for return of documentation. For business and additional information consult the Embassy of Sierra Leone, 1701 19th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/939-9261).
 

SINGAPORE - *Passport, proof of sufficient funds for stay, and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 3 months. AIDS test required for some work visas; U.S. test is not accepted. For additional information, contact the Embassy of Singapore, 3501 Int'l Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/537-3100).

SLOVAK REPUBLIC - *Passport required. Visa not required for a stay of up to 30 days. AIDS test required for long term visas; U.S. test is not accepted. For more information, contact the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 2201 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/965-5160 ext. 270). Internet: http://www.slovakemb.com

SLOVENIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for business/tourist stay up to 90 days. For longer stays (e.g. employment, students) a temporary residence permit must be obtained before traveling. Additional information can be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, 1525 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/667-5363) or the Consulate General of Slovenia in New York (212/370-3006).

SOLOMON ISLANDS - *Passport, onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds required. Visitors permit issued on arrival for stay up to 2 months in 1-year period. For further information, consult Solomon Islands Mission to the U.N., 820 2nd Ave., Suite 800A, New York, NY 10017 (212/599-6192/93).

SOMALIA - *Passport required. For further information, contact the Consulate of the Somali Democratic Republic in New York (212/688-9410).

SOUTH AFRICA - *Passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds required. Tourist or business visa not required for stay up to 90 days. AIDS test required for all mine workers (irrespective of position); U.S. test sometimes accepted. For more information, contact the Embassy of South Africa's Consular Office, 3051 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/232-4400) or the nearest Consulate in CA (323/651-0902), IL (312/939-7929), or NY (212/213-4880). Internet: http://www.southafrica.net

SPAIN - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist or business stays up to 90 days. Medical report, including AIDS test, required for residency/student/work permits; U.S. test sometimes accepted. For additional information check with the Embassy of Spain, 2375 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 (202/452-0100 and 728-2330) or nearest Consulate General in CA (415/922-2995 and 213/938-0158), FL (305/446-5511), IL (312/782-4588), LA (504/525-4951), MA (617/536-2506), NY (212/355-4080), PR (809/758-6090) or TX (713/783-6200). Internet: http://www.spainemb.org

SRI LANKA - *Passport, onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds ($30 per day) required. Tourist visa not required for stay up to 30 days (extendible in Sri Lanka). For business travel, visa required and must be obtained in advance. Business visa valid 30 days, requires 1 application form, 2 photos, a company letter, a letter from sponsoring agency in Sri Lanka and employing company in U.S., a copy of an onward/return ticket, and $45 fee. Include $6 postage for return of passport by registered mail. For further information, contact the Embassy of Sri Lanka, 2148 Wyoming Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/483-7954) or the Consulate in Los Angeles (323-634-0479 and 323-634-1079) or the nearest Honorary Consul General: GA (404-881-7164), LA (504-455-7600), or NY (212/966-7040 to 7043).

SUDAN - *Passport and visa required. Visa must be obtained in advance and visas are only issued at the Consulate General in New York. Transit visa valid up to 7 days, requires $50 fee (cash or money order), onward/return ticket and visa for next destination, if appropriate. Tourist/business visa for single entry up to 1 month (extendible), requires $50 fee, 1 application form, 2 photo, proof of sufficient funds for stay and SASE for return passport. Business visa requires company letter stating purpose of visit and invitation from Sudanese officials. Visas not granted to passports showing Israeli visas. Allow 4 weeks for processing. Travelers must declare currency upon arrival and departure. Check additional currency regulations for stays longer than 2 months. Contact the Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan, 2210 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/338-8565 to 8570) or Consulate General, 655 Third Ave., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/573-6033 or 35). Internet: http://www.sudanembassyus.org

SURINAME - *Passport, visa and onward/return ticket required. Multiple-entry visa requires 2 application forms, 2 photos and appropriate fee. Business visa requires company letter explaining purpose of trip, name of institution to be visited and its address and telephone number in Suriname, and expected duration of visit. Processing fee: $45 (money order only). For return of passport by mail, include $8 for registered mail, or $15 for Express Mail (money order only), or enclose SASE. Allow 10 working days for processing. For additional requirements, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Suriname, Suite 460, 4301 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/244-7488 and 7590), or the Consulate in Miami (305/593-2697).

SWAZILAND - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 60 days. Temporary residence permit available in Mbabane for longer stay. Visitors must report to immigration authorities or police station within 48 hours unless lodging in a hotel. For further information, consult the Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland, 3400 International Dr., N.W., Suite 3M, Washington, D.C. (202/362-6683).

SWEDEN - *Passport required. Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days. (90 day period begins when entering Nordic area: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.) For further information, consult the Embassy of Sweden, 1501 M St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005-1702 (202/467-2600) or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/445-4008), FL (954/467-3507), IL (312/781-6262), New York (212/583-2550) or any other consulate of Sweden in the United States. Internet: http://www.swedenemb.org

SWITZERLAND - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 90 days. For further information, contact the Embassy of Switzerland, 2900 Cathedral Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/745-7900) or the nearest Consulate General: CA (310/575-1145 or 415/788-2272), GA (404/870-2000), IL (312/915-0061), NY (212/599-5700), or TX (713/650-0000). Internet: http://www.swissemb.org
 

SYRIA - *Passport and visa required. Obtain visa in advance. Single-entry visas valid for 3 months, require 2 application forms, 2 photos (signed), and $61 fee (payment must be money order only). Enclose SASE with appropriate postage (not metered stamps for certified mail) for return of passport by mail. AIDS test required for anyone staying over 15 days; U.S. test sometimes accepted. For group visas and other information, contact the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic, 2215 Wyoming Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/232-6313).

TAHITI - (See French Polynesia.)

TAIWAN - *Passport onward/return ticket, and valid visa for next destination, if applicable, required. Visa not required for stay up to 14 days. Health certificate, including AIDS test, is mandatory for anyone staying over 3 months; U.S. test not accepted. For business travel, longer stays or other information, contact the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, 4201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016-2137 (202/895-1800) or Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta (404/872-0123), Boston (617/737-2050), Chicago (312/616-0100), Guam (671/472-5865), Honolulu (808/595-6347), Houston (713/626-7445), Kansas City (816/531-1298, Los Angeles (213/389-1215), Miami (305/443-8917), New York (212/317-7300), San Francisco (415-362-7680), and Seattle (206/441-4586). Internet: http://www.taipei.org or www.boca.gov.tw

TAJIKISTAN - *Passport and visa required. Travelers must obtain visas before arrival in Tajikistan. Visas may be obtained from the Russian Embassy or nearest Consulate in the U.S., for travel to Tajikistan. Travelers who intend to visit Tajikistan should also obtain double-entry Russian, Kazakh or Uzbek visas prior to departure, depending on intended transit points. AIDS test required for anyone staying longer than 90 days. U.S. test sometimes accepted. For additional information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of Russia, 2641 Tunlaw Road, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/939-8907, 8913 or 8918) or the nearest Consulate General: NY (212/348-0926, 0955, 0626), CA (415/928-6878) or WA (206/728-1910).

TANZANIA - *Passport and visa required. Obtain visa before departure. Visas for mainland Tanzania are valid for Zanzibar. Business/tourist visa (valid 6 months from date of issuance) for 1 entry up to 30 days, may be extended after arrival. Requires 1 application form, 1 photo and $50 fee (no personal checks). Enclose prepaid envelope for return of passport by certified or registered mail. Allow 1 month for processing. For business visa and other information, consult Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania, 2139 R St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/939-6125) or Tanzanian Permanent Mission to the U.N. 205 East 42nd St., 13th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/972-9160).

THAILAND - *Passport required. Tourists staying no longer than 30 days do not need a visa. For longer stays, obtain a visa in advance. Transit visa, for stay up to 30 days, $10 entry fee; or tourist visa for stay up to 60 days, $15 entry fee. For business visa valid up to 90 days, need $20 entry fee or $40 fee for multiple entry, and company letter stating purpose of visit. Submit 1 application form, 2 photos, and postage for return of passport by mail. (Note: All visa fees are payable in cash or money order, if applying in person, or by money order only, if applying by mail. Apply at the Royal Thai Embassy, 1024 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/323-3600 ext. 767), or the nearest Consulate General: CA (213/962-9574-77), IL (312/664-3129), or NY (212/754-1770). For other Consulates General throughout the U.S., call 202/944-3600. Internet: http://www.thaiembdc.org

TOGO - *Passport and visa required. All types of visas (except diplomatic) require 3 application forms, 3 photos, proof of sufficient funds, and $45 fee. For information on additional visa related requirements, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Togo, 2208 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/234-4212/3).

TONGA - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for stay up to 30 days. For additional information, consult the Consulate General of Tonga, 360 Post St., Suite 604, San Francisco, CA 94108 (415/781-0365).

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 3 months. Business visa requires 1 application form, 1 photo, $9 fee (no personal checks), company letter, and SASE (make sure you include enough stamps to cover the cost of postage, e.g. $11.75 for Post Office Express Mail Service, etc.) for return of passport by mail. For further information, consult Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago, 1708 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/467-6490) or the nearest Consulate General: New York (212/682-7272) or Miami (305/374-2199).

TUNISIA - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visas not required for tourist/business stay up to 4 months. For further information, consult Embassy of Tunisia, 1515 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 (202/862-1850), or nearest Consulate: San Francisco (415/922-9222) or New York (212/272-6962).

TURKEY - *Passport and visa required. Visas can be obtained at Turkish border crossing points for tourist/business visits up to 3 months or through a Turkish consular office in the U.S. Visa requires a letter stating purpose of trip and $45 fee (cash or money order only). Visa must be obtained in advance for visits lasting longer stays, and for study, research, or employment purposes. For further information, contact the Consular Office of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, 2525 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/612-6740/41) or nearest Consulate: CA (323/937-0118), IL (312/263-0644), NY (212/949-0160) or TX (713/622-5849). Internet: http://www.turkey.org

TURKMENISTAN - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires 1 application, 1 photo, and letter of invitation. Visas are available in a variety of time periods, and fees are paid according to the type of visa and processing time needed. AIDS test required for foreigners staying longer than 3 months. U.S. test not accepted. For further information about visa fees and types, consult the Embassy of Turkmenistan, 2207 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/588-1500). Internet: www.turkmenistanembassy.org

TURKS AND CAICOS - (See West Indies, British.)
 

TUVALU - *Passport and onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds required. Visitors permit issued on arrival. For further information, consult British Embassy (202/588-7800).

UGANDA - *Passport and visa required. For other information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda, 5911 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20011 (202/726-7100-02) or Permanent Mission to the U.N. (212/949-0110).

UKRAINE - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires 1 form, 1 photo, a letter of invitation, and $75 - $165 fee, depending upon whether you apply for a single, double or multiple entry visa (company check or money order only). Transit visa requires onward/return ticket. All foreigners visiting Ukraine (except those staying less than three days or minors under age 18) must register their passports with the local law enforcement authorities. Anyone applying for a visa for a stay of 3 months or longer is required to present a certificate showing that they are HIV negative. Test performed in the U.S. are sometimes accepted. For additional information, contact the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine, 3350 M St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/333-7507/08/09), or the Consulate in Chicago (312/642-4388), or the Consulate General in New York (212/371-5690). Internet: http://www.ukremb.com/

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visa requires a typed letter from the applicant's employer indicating type and length of position held or, for students/homemakers/retirees, bank statement proving sufficient funds for stay. Business visas issued only by UAE Embassy, and require company letter and sponsor in UAE to send a fax or telex to UAE Embassy confirming trip and accepting financial responsibility. Single-entry visa valid within 2 months from the date of issuance for stay up to 30 days, $51 processing fee. Multiple-entry visa (for business only), valid 1 to 10 years from date of issue for maximum stay of 6 months per entry, no fee. Transit visa must be obtained in advance (through travel agency, hotel, or company in UAE), valid for a stay up to 15 days. To receive a visa, submit 2 application forms, 2 photos and prepaid envelope for return of passport by certified/registered mail (typed not handwritten). AIDS test required for residency permits; test performed upon arrival in the UAE. For further information, contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, 1255 22nd Street, Suite 700, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 (202/955-7999).

UNITED KINGDOM (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 6 months. Medical exam, including AIDS test, sometimes required. For additional information consult the Consular Section of the British Embassy, 19 Observatory Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/588-7800) or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/477-3322), IL (312/346-1810), or NY (212/745-0200). Internet: http://www.britainusa.com

URUGUAY - *Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 90 days. For additional information, consult the Consulate of Uruguay, 2715 M St., N.W., 3rd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20007 (202/331-4219) or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/394-5777), FL (305/443-7453 or 9764), or NY (212/753-8191 or 92). Internet: http://www.embassy.org/uruguay
 

UZBEKISTAN - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires 1 application, 1 photo, letter explaining purpose of visit, and $45 fee. Processing time is 7 days after receipt of application. AIDS test required for anyone staying longer than 15 days; U.S. test sometimes accepted. Check requirements with the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, 1746 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 20036 (202/530-7284 or 91) or the Uzbekistan Consulate, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 327A, New York, NY 10017 (212/754-6178 or 7403). Internet: http://www.uzbekistan.org

VANUATU - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for stay up to 30 days. For further information, consult the Vanuatu Mission to the U.N. (212/593-0144 or 0215).

VATICAN - (See Holy See.)

VENEZUELA - *Passport and visa required. Tourist visa requires $30 fee (money order or company check), 1 application form, 1 photo, onward/return ticket, proof of sufficient funds and certification of employment. For business visa, need letter from company stating purpose of trip, responsibility for traveler, name and address of companies to be visited in Venezuela and $60 fee. All travelers must pay departure tax ($12) at airport. Business travelers must present a Declaration of Income Tax in the Ministerio de Hacienda (Treasury Department). For additional information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of Venezuela, 1099 30th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007 (202/342-2214) or the nearest Consulate: CA (415/955-1982), FL (305/577-4214), IL (312/236-9655), LA (504/522-3284), MA (617/266-9368), NY (212/826-1660), PR (809/766-4250/1) or TX (713/961-5166). Internet: http://www.emb.avenez-us.gov

VIETNAM - *Passport and visa required. Tourist/business visa, valid 6 months, requires 2 application forms, 2 photos, letter stating purpose of visit (or letter of invitation from Vietnamese authorities required for business visa) and $25 fee for a single-entry visa. Visa authorization is arranged by sponsor in Vietnam and the Embassy cannot process visas until it receives authorization or approval from Vietnam. For more information, contact the Embassy of Vietnam, 1233 20th St., N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202/861-2293 or 861-0694). Internet: http://www.vietnamembassy-usa.org

VIRGIN ISLANDS, British - Islands include Anegarda, Jost van Dyke, Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Proof of U.S. citizenship, photo ID, onward/return ticket and sufficient funds required for tourist stay up to 6 months. Consult the British Embassy for further information (202/588-7800).

WALES - (See United Kingdom.)

WEST INDIES, British - Islands include Anguilla, Montserrat, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos. Proof of U.S. citizenship, photo ID, onward/return ticket and sufficient funds required for tourist stay up to 6 months. Consult the British Embassy for further information (202/588-7800).

WEST INDIES, French - Islands include Guadeloupe, Isles des Saintes, La Desirade, Marie Galante, Saint Barthelemy, St. Martin and Martinique. *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 3 months. For further information, consult the Embassy of France (202/944-6200). Internet: http://www.france-consulat.org

WESTERN SAMOA - (See Samoa)

YEMEN, REPUBLIC OF- *Passport and visa required. Visa valid 30 days from date of issuance for single-entry, requires 1 application form and 2 photos. For tourist visa need proof of onward/return transportation, employment, letter of invitation and $50 fee ($30 visa fee plus $20 application fee). Business visa requires $50, company letter stating purpose of trip. (Payment by money order only and include SASE with proper postage for return of passport by registered mail.) AIDS test required for residency/study/work permits; U.S. test not accepted. For more information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, Suite 705, 2600 Virginia Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 (202/965-4760) or Yemen Mission to the U.N., 866 United Nations Plaza, Rm. 435, New York, NY 10017 (212/355-1730).

ZAIRE - (See Congo, Democratic Republic of )

ZAMBIA - *Passport and visa required. Visa may be obtained in advance or at port of entry. Tourist/business multiple-entry visa, valid up to 3 years, requires $30 processing fee (no personal checks), 2 application forms, and 2 photos. Note: If applicant adds spouse and/or children to visa form, traveler must pay an additional $10 fee for each. When a visa is obtained at port of entry, it is only valid for stay of up to 3 months and the fee is $40. Business visa also requires company letter. For more information, consult the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia, 2419 Mass. Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/265-9717 to 19).

ZANZIBAR - (See Tanzania.)

ZIMBABWE - *Passport, visa, onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds required for a stay up to 3 months. Visas issued upon arrival in Zimbabwe, $30 fee. Anti-malarial pills are recommended. $20 exit fee paid at airport. Visitors must declare currency upon arrival. For regulations check with the Embassy of Zimbabwe, 1608 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 (202/332-7100).

Notes

SASE is self-addressed, stamped envelope.
 

If applying in person, remember to call about office hours. Many consulates are only open in the morning and closed for local holidays.
 

This booklet is updated yearly. This publication and Passports-Applying for them the EASY WAY, which gives detailed information on how and where to apply for your U.S. passport, are both available from the Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, CO 81009 for 50 cents each.

 

Consular Information Program

The State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs provides assistance and information to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. Consular Affairs issues Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings, Public Announcements, and other travel publications. The following gives a brief description of some of the information currently available through the Consular Information Program:

Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings, and Public Announcements

Consular Information Sheets are issued for every country in the world. They include such information as the location of the U.S. embassy or consulate in the subject country, health conditions, political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties.

The State Department also issues Travel Warnings and Public Announcements. Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department decides to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended will have Travel Warnings as well as Consular Information Sheets. Public Announcements are issued as a means to disseminate information quickly about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term and/or transnational conditions posing significant risks to the security of American travelers.

Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings, and Public Announcements may be heard anytime by dialing (202) 647-5225 from a touch-tone phone. They are also available at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, and through airline computer reservation systems, or, by writing and sending a self-addressed, stamped business-size envelope to the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Room 4811, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. 20520-4818.

Travel Brochures

A Safe Trip Abroad contains helpful precautions one can take to minimize the chance of becoming a victim of terrorism or crime.

Tips for Americans Residing Abroad offers information for U.S. citizens living abroad on dual citizenship, tax regulations, voting, and other consular services.

Travel Tips for Older Americans contains special health, safety and travel information for older Americans.

Your Trip Abroad offers tips on obtaining a passport, considerations in preparing for your trip and traveling, and other sources of information.

The following travel tips brochures contain information on currency regulations, customs, and dual nationality for specific areas of the world:

Tips for Travelers to Canada
 

Tips for Travelers to the Caribbean
 

Tips for Travelers to Central & South America
 

Tips for Travelers to Mexico

Tips for Travelers to the Middle East and North Africa
 

Tips for Travelers to the People's Republic of China
 

Tips for Travelers to Russia and the Newly Independent States
 

Tips for Travelers to South Asia
 

Tips for Travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa

Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings, Public Announcements, and Consular Affairs' publications can be obtained by accessing Internet at http://travel.state.gov or by dialing by 202/647-3000 from your telephone fax.

Publications can also be purchased from the *U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Copies of Consular Affairs' publications are available for $1.50 - $2.00 from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, tel: 202/512-1800, fax: 202/512-2250, Internet: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs. (Prices and availability are subject to change without notice. Please check with the GPO for up-to-date information.)

 

Top Ten Tips for Travelers

1. Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visa, if required. Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your passport!

2. Read the Consular Information Sheets (and Public Announcements or Travel Warnings, if applicable) for the countries you plan to visit. (See the section "Consular Information Program.")

3. Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends at home, so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

4. Make sure you have insurance, which will cover your emergency medical needs, while you are overseas.

5. Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, while in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws!

6. Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas and never accept packages from strangers.

7. While abroad, avoid using illicit drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages, and associating with people who do.

8. Do not become a target for thieves by wearing conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of cash or unnecessary credit cards.

9. Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques in order to avoid violating local laws.

10. When overseas, avoid demonstrations and other situations that may become unruly or where anti-American sentiments may be expressed. Q


 

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