Countries of the USA Visa/ESTA Waiver Program (VWP)

Various country flags at the top of flagpoles looking up from underneath

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) facilitates travel to the United States for citizens from eligible countries, allowing them to visit for tourism or business for up to 90 days without a visa. It’s crucial for travelers to know if their country is a participant in this program. Below is an updated table of countries that are part of the VWP:

Visa Waiver Program Countries

AustriaGreeceRepublic of MaltaSouth Korea
ChileIrelandNew ZealandSwitzerland
Czech RepublicItalyPolandUnited Kingdom
EstoniaLatviaSan Marino

The Importance of ESTA for VWP Travelers

For citizens of these countries, an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a prerequisite for U.S. travel:

  1. Complete the online application form. Quick and straightforward, it takes about 10 minutes.
  2. Submit and Pay for your application. We accept a variety of payment methods, including PayPal and credit cards.
  3. Receive your ESTA within 72 hours. Your travel authorization will be sent directly to your email.

For urgent travel needs, expedited processing options are available at checkout.

FAQs about VWP Countries

How Often Is the VWP Country List Updated?

The VWP country list is periodically reviewed, with changes depending on diplomatic and security considerations.

Are All Citizens of VWP Countries Eligible for an ESTA?

Most citizens of VWP countries are eligible, but individual circumstances like travel history or dual citizenship can affect eligibility.

Can I Work in the U.S. Under the VWP?

The VWP is for tourism and certain business activities and does not permit employment in the U.S.

What if My Country Isn’t Part of the VWP?

If your country isn’t part of the VWP, you’ll need to apply for a U.S. visa through the regular application process.


For VWP country citizens, the ESTA simplifies traveling to the United States. Always confirm your country’s status in the VWP and apply for your ESTA in advance. For any assistance with your ESTA application, is here to help. Enjoy your travels!

Share this...