Visa and U.S. Passport

Lately, we have heard the phrase “white privilege”, but do you know about “American privilege”?  You are probably thinking — what she is blogging about?  “American privilege” is a term that I just came up with because of our United States passport and how easily we can travel visa-free.

However, out of the 195 countries in the world, only 75 countries require a visa from a U.S. citizen.  The U.S. passport is ranked at number 5 in the world (  With that being said, below is a list of countries that require a visa starting with the most popular ones.

Popular Destinations Which Require Visas for US Citizens


US citizens must acquire an electronic visa called an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) . They are valid for tourist or business visits of up to 90 days. You can apply for your ETA online.


Visas must be obtained well in advance of departure from a Brazilian Consulate.  The visa will be valid for multiple entries over a 10 year period.


Travelers must apply for their visa at the correct Chinese Consulate based on their state of residence. The visa is valid for 10 years.


A traveler can obtain one of two types of visa: a single entry e-Visa (electronic visa, issued online) valid for a 30-day stay, or a 10-year multiple entry visa issued as a sticker visa on their passport.

Indonesia (Bali)

Visas are available on arrival at international airports in Indonesia, or you can apply in advance at an Indonesian Consulate in the US.


Single entry Kenya visas are available online as e-Visas. Multiple entry visas are available through the Kenyan Consulate in New York City.


Russia has one of the most complicated visa procedures and does not allow travelers to mail in visa applications, we strongly recommend that you apply through a visa service. In order to visit Russia, you will need to have an official tourist or business invitation before you fill out your application.


Vietnam offers three options for visas: a sticker visa that is placed inside your passport, a “loose leaf” visa that is issued at the consulate as a separate piece of paper, and an eVisa that is issued online.

Additional Countries Which Require Visas

Now here is the irony, of the other 66 countries that require a visa from U.S. citizens, they are African nations and/or Middle Eastern.

Even with our privilege, it is always best to check before making any international travel plans to see if a visa is required.

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