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I’m British – Do I Need a Visa for the US?

It pays to research the visa requirements for your destination in advance of your flight date because there are many different requirements for different kinds of travelers, not least if you are traveling to the United States. If you are a British citizen and planning a vacation to America, do you need a visa? How about if you are planning to study in the United States? Read on to find out the requirements for visas for British visitors.

Most British citizens that have a valid, machine-readable passport and also an onward or return ticket will qualify for America’s Visa Waiver Program, meaning they will not need a visa. Visitors must be staying for less than 90 days, and there are conditions attached. To find out if you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, visit the website. You need to fill out the online form to participate in the program, and you need to do this before you fly.

If you are visiting the United States for more than 90 days, for study, for business, or for any other purpose you are likely to need a visa. Visit the United States embassy to check the requirements for your visa. Remember that visas take a long time to process so the sooner you start your application, the better. There are fast-track services but these are always more expensive.

As you are preparing your visa for travel, research the best international visitor insurance. As well as a passport and a visa (or participation in the Visa Waiver Program) you should have visitor insurance for your trip. The cost of healthcare in the United States is high and can cause you problems if you fall sick without travel insurance. Check your visa requirements and buy your insurance in advance – don’t leave it to the last minute.

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