When you’re planning a trip to see friends and family in the U.S. it’s best to find out about visas as early as possible. Along with purchasing visitor medical coverage, arranging your visa is an essential pre-trip task. You need to be prepared with a visa and good quality visitor travel insurance to make sure your entry into the country is successful.
Visitors to the U.S. need a non-immigrant visa if travelling for pleasure and to stay with family for a short period of time. The B-2 visa, or “visitor visa” is issued to tourists for this purpose.
The visitor visa for tourists allows you to visit friends and family, take a vacation, travel around the United States for pleasure and generally rest and relax, among other things. If you also want to engage in business activities, get paid for work or study at a college or university you need a different visa.
35 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program and if you are travelling from one of these countries you are eligible to visit without a visa for up to 90 days, if you meet the requirements of the program. Eligible countries include the United Kingdom, Japan and New Zealand.