Visa Waiver Program
Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), qualified citizens of 36 countries may enter the United States without a visa for the purposes of tourism, business, or in transit. Countries currently authorized to participate in the VWP are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
You can travel without a visa if you meet ALL of the following requirements:
- You are a citizen of one of the countries named above, traveling on a valid, machine-readable passport. Citizens of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, the Republic of Korea, the Slovak Republic, Malta and Greece need an electronic passport containing an integrated chip (e-passport). All unexpired and undamaged Slovene passports with red covers are valid for Visa Waiver travel to the USA.
- Traveling for business, pleasure or transit only;
- Staying in the United States for 90 days or fewer;
- Holding a return or onward ticket;
- If you are entering by air or sea, you must be traveling aboard a carrier that has agreed to participate in the program (PDF 233 KB document from CBP website).
- If you are entering by air or sea, you have obtained ESTA approval.
- If you are entering by land across the Canadian or Mexican border, you must complete an I-94W form and pay a $6.00 fee, payable only in U.S. dollars.
Important Reminder for All Visa Waiver Travelers
You cannot travel under the Visa Waiver Program if you plan to study, work, or remain more than 90 days in the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions about Visa Waiver Travel
How do I know if my passport is okay for Visa Waiver travel?
All Slovene citizens who want to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program, including children, must have machine-readable passports. If the passport was issued or the validity was extended between October 26, 2005, and October 25, 2006, then the passport must also contain a digital photograph. If the passport was issued or the validity was extended on or after October 26, 2006, then the passport must also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph, and other biometric information. Official and diplomatic passports are exempt from digital photograph and electronic chip requirements, but must be machine-readable.
How do I know if I have a machine-readable passport?
Machine-readable passports allow data in the passport to be scanned automatically by a machine. There are two lines of letters, numbers and ’>>>>’s printed at the bottom of the page containing your photograph and personal details. If you are in any doubt as to whether your passport is machine-readable, you should check with the officials who issued your passport.
How do I know if my passport contains a digital photograph?
If your photograph is printed on the passport page along with your biographical information, rather than glued or laminated onto the page, it is considered a digitalized photograph.
What if my passport is not machine-readable or does not have a digital photo?
If you do not have a machine-readable passport, then you will be required to apply for a visa. Alternatively, if you wish to travel visa-free, you will need to obtain a new passport which is machine-readable.
How do I complete the ESTA registration?
Please see our page on ESTA – the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.
I have seen other websites offer to apply on my behalf. Will this help me receive my authorization more quickly?
No. Use of a private service to apply for travel authorization via ESTA will not expedite approval. Third party websites that provide information about ESTA and submit ESTA applications for VWP travelers are not endorsed by, associated with, or affiliated in any way with DHS or the U.S. government. If the website does not end in “.gov,” it is not the official ESTA website.
Which individuals are NOT eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program?
If you have been arrested -- even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction – or if you have a criminal record, a serious communicable disease or if you have ever been refused admission into, or have been deported from the United States, you are ineligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program. Also, if you ever previously overstayed on the Visa Waiver Program, even by only one day, you are not eligible to participate in this program. Finally, if you are planning to work, study, stay more than 90 days, or live permanently in the U.S., you cannot enter under the Visa Waiver Program. If you meet any of those criteria and attempt to fly to the States without having a visa in your passport, you will be refused entry into the United States.