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Travel Abroad May Not Require Visa

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While traveling abroad will always require a passport, there are many countries that won’t require a visa if you’re visiting for only a short period of time? In the near future I’ll be making a short trip to Taiwan for family reasons and so I was concerned that I wouldn’t have enough time to apply for a visa and get it in time for my trip. Luckily, if you are a US Passport holder and the trip is for less than thirty days, a visa is not required. This saves me the headache of applying for and hoping its approved in time plus the fees (which are in the neighborhood of $50-100, I’m not sure).

So, if you’re planning a trip, Wikipedia’s US Passport entry has a list of countries and stay periods where a visa is not required. You can save yourself some time and some money by skipping the visa. With the US dollar as weak as it is, you’ll probably want to save that money so you can spend it on your trip!

For a quick reference, in European Union countries the stay period is 90 days, England’s period is 6 months, and for most other places its 30-90 days.

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4 Responses to “Travel Abroad May Not Require Visa”

  1. Chris says:

    Although this is a great issue, I would play it safe and check with the country where I am going to ensure accurate information. Wikipedia is a great source to start, but I don’t trust its accuracy

  2. hey

    have fun in taiwan! there are many tropical fruits that are in season right now that you can’t get in america. try the varieties of mangos, they are amazing! i would also recommend you to bring spf. it’s going to be very hot and sunny. if it gets too hot, duck into a department store for free ac, which is everywhere in taipei. for some reason we have the highest concentration of department stores in asia. also visit taipei 101 at night, it’s the tallest building in the world. (well, for now…)



  3. plonkee says:

    Just a reminder that England (and the rest of the UK) is actually a member of the European Union.

  4. jim says:

    True, I just listed it separately because the visa rules apparently are different.

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