The Foreign Service of the
United States of America
in the Federal Republic of Germany
VISA-FREE TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES
Attention: As of May 1, 2006, holders of German temporary or emergency passports who
intend to travel to or through the United States must either obtain a valid, machine-
readable regular German passport for Visa Waiver Program travel or apply for a U.S. visa
to travel to the United States.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) permits visa free travel to the United States if you are a citizen of
one of the following countries and the conditions mentioned beneath apply to you:
Andorra France Luxembourg Singapore
Australia Germany Monaco Slovenia
Austria Iceland the Netherlands Spain
Belgium Ireland New Zealand Sweden
Brunei Italy Norway Switzerland
Denmark Japan Portugal United Kingdom
Finland Liechtenstein San Marino
Note: Citizens of Argentina and Uruguay may no longer enter the United States without visas.
Conditions: You may travel visa free if you Important Information
meet all of the following requirements: The Visa Waiver Program applies for the United
• You are a citizen of one of the above States of America including Puerto Rico, Guam
mentioned countries and hold a valid and the U.S.-Virgin Islands. After entering the
passport of that country. German United States you may travel to Canada, Mexico
passports have to be valid for the or the Caribbean within 90 days and re-enter the
duration of stay in the US. Please note U.S. using any mode of transport. You may also
that passports of certain other countries enter the U.S. without a visa traveling from
need to be valid for at least six months Canada or Mexico for up to 90 days (please note
from the date of departure from the U.S.; that there will be a $6 fee, payable only in U.S.
• You are traveling for business, pleasure or dollars). You will have to show financial proof to
transit only; finance your trip at the port of entry.
• Your intended stay in the United States
does not exceed 90 days; Please note: Persons who enter the U.S. on VWP
• You must hold a valid return or onward wishing to make side trips must retain their
ticket. Onward tickets may not end in green I-94W card until the final exit from the
Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean; United States. This is especially important if
• You will enter the U.S. aboard an air or they plan to re-enter the U.S. from their side-trip
sea carrier that has agreed to participate using a non-signatory aircraft or boat. If
in the program. This applies to most travelers re-enter by land or with a signatory
airlines and shipping companies (private carrier, they may complete a new I-94W.
or official aircraft or vessels do not meet However, if they return from the side trip by
this requirement). You will need a visa if private boat or aircraft, they will need to present
your carrier is not a participant. the I-94W from the original admission.
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Machine-readable Passports -- As of June 26, 2005 a machine-readable passport is required.
Families seeking to enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program will need to obtain an individual
passport for each traveler, including infants.
Temporary machine-readable Passports -- As of May 1, 2006 German temporary passports are
not valid for travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Holders of German temporary
or emergency passports who intend to travel to or through the United States must either obtain a
valid, machine-readable regular German passport for Visa Waiver Program travel or apply for a U.S.
visa to travel to the United States.
Biometric Passport Requirements -- By October 26, 2005, Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries
were required to produce passports with digital photographs. Valid passports issued or extended by
VWP countries before October 26, 2005, that do not contain a digital photograph will still be
accepted for travel under the auspices of the VWP, provided that the passports are machine-
Children's Passports -- Children's passports (Kinderreisepässe) issued before October 26, 2006
are valid for visa-free travel to the U.S. Children's passports (Kinderreisepässe) issued on or after
October 26, 2006 are not valid for visa-free travel, since they are not issued as electronic
passports (e-passports) with an integrated electronic chip. A visa is required. Children can however
apply for a regular electronic passport. Kinderausweise require a visa.
The following categories of travelers may not travel using the VWP and require a visa:
• People, who intend to work in the United States (paid or unpaid!). This includes work as an
au-pair or intern;
• People who intend to stay in the US for more than 90 days;
• People who intend to attend a school or university in the United States;
• People who have been refused admission into, or have been deported from the United States
within the past five years;
• People who have been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime (including drug
• People who have been afflicted with a serious communicable disease, or who are drug
abusers or addicts;
• People who have participated in the persecution of any person under the control of the Nazi
Government of Germany;
• People who have ever been a member or representative of a terrorist organization;
• People holding a blue or gray German travel document (Fremdenpass);
If any of the above applies to you, you are not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program and will need a
visa to enter the US. Please call the following number for further information:
Visa Information Service
Live Service: 0900-1-850055 (€1.86/min). 7am to 8pm, Monday - Friday. Credit Card
Service for applicants from outside of Germany and callers who cannot access 0900
numbers: +49 (0)9131-772-2270; €15 per call, MasterCard and Visa accepted.
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