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December 4, 2023

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How to travel to the USA and UK without a visa

Citizens of some countries can enter the USA and the UK without a visa. Citizens of other countries can overcome the restriction by obtaining a second citizenship of the country, which allows them to travel to the US and the UK freely.

Explore the countries with visa-waiver agreements with the States, conditions for 10-year US visitor visas, and which second passport to get for frequent trips to Great Britain.

Albert Ioffe
Albert Ioffe

Told how to travel without visas to the US and UK

Visa-free entry into the US and the UK to Malta, the passport and the Caribbean

How to travel to the USA and UK without a visa

Passports that allow you to travel to the UK and USA without a visa

Visa-free entry to the USA is available to 41 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program.

Entry to the United States for citizens of the European Union is also available in a visa-free regime. Exceptions are citizens of Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus.

List of the US Visa Waiver Program countries

Andorra

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brunei

Chile

Croatia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Monaco

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Republic of Korea

San Marino

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

United Kingdom

The purpose of travel to the USA under the program must be in accordance with the B‑1/B‑2 visa: tourism, business meetings or treatment at local medical facilities. You can travel around the country, visit friends or relatives, and attend training and conferences.

Entry into the country under the program is prohibited for study or work in the United States.

Before traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, you must obtain permission to enter the country through the Electronic System of Authorization (ESTA). To obtain a permit, you need to go to the platform, fill out a form and pay a fee of $14.

Requirements for a citizen of a participating country:

  1. No criminal record.

  2. No previous refusals to enter the United States.

  3. A holder of arnpassport with an electronic chip.

  4. No trips to Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen since March 1st, 2011.

  5. The purpose of travel to the USA is tourism, business meetings or transit.

  6. Obtained electronic authorisation to enter the USA in the ESTA system.

  7. A return ticket or other evidence of leaving the USA on time.

Citizens of 83 countries can stay in the UK for up to six months without a visa.

Citizens of countries that are not members of the European Union can arrive in the UK without a visa only in transit and on condition that they follow to Australia, Canada, America or New Zealand with a visa from one of these countries.

If a passenger arrives in the UK on a cruise ship, they can stay in the country without a visa for 24 hours.

List of countries whose passport allows you to visit the UK without a visa

Andorra

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Australia

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei

Canada

Costa Rica

Chile

Colombia

EU countries except Ireland

Grenada

Guatemala

Guyana

Hong Kong

Iceland

Israel

Japan

Kiribati

Liechtenstein

Macao 

Malaysia

Maldives

Marshall Islands

Mauritius

Mexico

Micronesia

Monaco

Nauru

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Norway

Palau

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Republic of Korea

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Seychelles 

Singapore

Solomon Islands

Switzerland 

Taiwan 

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tuvalu

USA

Uruguay 

Vatican City

Visa-free regime in the US and UK with a second passport

To visit the US and UK without a visa, you can get a second citizenship in one of the countries with visa-free agreements. 

The fastest way to get a second citizenship is through special state programs for investors.

Maltese citizens visit the UK visa-free and stay up to 180 days. They can stay in the US without a visa with a Maltese passport until the US Electronic Travel Authorization (ESTA) expires. It is usually valid for two years.

Citizens of Caribbean countries can stay in the UK without a visa for up to 180 days. In the United States, they get long-term visas under a simplified procedure.

Countries where you can get a second citizenship

Country

UK without a visa

USA without a visa

USA under a 10-year visa

mt-flag Malta

ag-flag Antigua and Barbuda

gd-flag Grenada

dm-flag Dominica

kn-flag St Kitts and Nevis

lc-flag Saint Lucia

How to get a second passport by investment and gain visa-free entry to the USA and the UK

Caribbean citizenship is obtained within 3 to 6 months for a non-refundable contribution to the economy or the real estate purchase. These are the main options for Caribbean citizenship programs.

Saint Lucia offers additional options: investment in local businesses and purchasing government bonds. Additional options are provided by Antigua and Barbuda, e.g. a contribution to the university fund or investment in a local business.

The minimum investment amounts for the programs of the Caribbean countries:

  • $100,000+ as a contribution to a state fund;

  • $200,000+ as a purchase of real estate.

Under the option of a non-refundable contribution to the fund, the investment amount will increase if the investor includes a family in the application. Under the option of buying real estate, the investor pays a special state fee depending on the program and family composition.

Individual cost calculation of the Caribbean passport

Individual cost calculation of the Caribbean passport

Malta citizenship is obtained for exceptional services by direct investment. This is citizenship by naturalisation, meaning that the investor needs to obtain a residence permit, maintain the status for one or three years, and then apply for citizenship.

Investors fulfil several investment conditions:

  1. €600,000+ as a contribution to the National Development Fund.

  2. €16,000+ per year for renting a property or €700,000+ for buying a property in Malta.

  3. €10,000+ as a charitable contribution to a non-governmental organization.

The minimum investment amount is €690,000. Depending on the family’s composition, it will increase: an additional €50,000 must be paid for each relative.

Malta and the Caribbean allow investors to return their investments in real estate. 5 years after the purchase, investors can sell the object and return the money.

Individual cost calculation of the Maltese citizenship

Individual cost calculation of the Maltese citizenship

5 other opportunities provided with a second passport

1. Travelling without visas. In addition to the US and UK, a Maltese passport allows you to travel without visas to other 169 countries.

For citizens of the Caribbean countries, more than 140 countries are open in a visa-free regime. China is visa-free for citizens of Dominica and Grenada.

Main visa-free destinations for Maltese and Caribbean passports

Destination

Maltese passport

Caribbean passport

Schengen countries

UK

USA

Canada

China

Hong Kong

Singapore

Japan

2. Possibility to obtain a visa to the USA. Citizens of the Caribbean can stay in the US for up to 180 days per year on a B‑1/B‑2 visa. The visa is issued for 10 years in two weeks.

With a Grenada passport, you can get a visa to the US E‑2. With such a visa, you can live and do business in the United States. Family members — spouses and children — can live, study and work in the United States. There are no restrictions on entry into and exit out of the country.

Visa free entry to the US

Citizens of countries participating in the US Visa Waiver Program can stay in the States without a visa for up to 90 days. This is true for Maltese citizens

3. Relocating to Europe. Malta is an island European state, and its new citizens enjoy equal rights and freedoms with local residents. For example, they save on treatment in clinics, open accounts in international banks and develop international business.

4. Education on preferential terms. With a Maltese passport, studying at European universities is cheaper than with a passport from a non-EU country.

Citizens of the Caribbean countries can get scholarships to study at universities in the UK because the Caribbean countries are part of the Commonwealth of Nations. Commonwealth Scholarship Programs cover the majority of tuition fees, allowing you to save on tuition.

5. Benefits for tax residents. In Malta, tax residents do not pay property, wealth, inheritance or gift taxes. Maltese companies do not pay taxes on royalties, interest, and dividends.

Tax residents of the Caribbean do not pay taxes on income, capital gains, wealth and inheritance.

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Frequently asked questions

  • How to travel without a visa to the US and UK?

    Citizens of countries outside the European Union can stay for a long time without a visa in the US and UK only on a second passport. For example, a passport from one of the Caribbean countries allows you to stay in the UK without a visa for up to 180 days. Maltese citizens travel visa-free to the US and UK.

  • Do Europeans need a visa to visit the US?

    EU citizens travel to the USA without a visa. Exceptions are Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus.

    Of all the EU countries, Malta is the only state that allows you to obtain citizenship by naturalisation for special services by direct investment.

  • Do EU citizens need a UK visa?

    After Brexit, EU citizens can travel visa-free to the UK and stay there for up to 6 consecutive months.

    Some EU countries offer citizenship by participating in citizenship investment programs. In exchange for a passport, the investor makes a contribution to the country’s economy. The EU passport makes it possible to travel without visas around the world, including the US and the UK.

  • What documents are required for visa-free entry to the US and UK?

    Citizens of visa-free entry countries to the US and the UK, when entering these countries, must have a valid passport and proof of departure from the country on time: passport or returnickets.

    Before entering the United States without a visa, you must obtain an electronic authorisation in the ESTA system and also make sure that the passport has an electronic chip.

  • How to quickly get a US visa?

    Citizens of the Caribbean receive a B‑1/B‑2 visa to the United States in two weeks under a simplified procedure. The visa is issued for 10 years. The purpose of the visit to the country on this visa must be tourism, business meetings or treatment in local hospitals.

    The Grenada passport, in addition to the B‑1/B‑2 visa, allows you to obtain an E‑2 business visa in the United States. With such a visa, you can live, work, study and do business in the United States. There are no restrictions on entry and exit.

  • What gives a second citizenship?

    The main reason investors get a second passport is to travel freely around the world without visas.

    For example, citizens of Malta travel without visas to 169 countries. Visa-free destinations include the Schengen countries, the UK, the USA, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

    With a Caribbean passport, you can travel visa-free to over 140 countries, including the Schengen area, the UK, China, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In the United States, citizens of the Caribbean countries quickly receive a visa under a simplified procedure.

    In addition to free movement around the world, a second passport provides other opportunities.

  • How to get a second citizenship?

    Getting a second passport is the fastest on state citizenship programs for investors. For example, investors receive citizenship of the Caribbean countries in 3—6 months.

    Investors fulfil investment conditions in exchange for a passport. For example, to obtain a passport from one of the Caribbean countries, investors make a non-refundable contribution to the state fund or buy real estate in the country. The minimum investment for Caribbean citizenship programs is $100,000.

  • How long can EU citizens stay in the USA without a visa?

    An EU citizen can stay in the USA for up to 90 days without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. This program allows for tourism, business meetings, or medical treatment visits.

  • Which countries can go to the USA without a visa?

    Citizens from 41 countries, including many in the European Union, can enter the USA without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. Some of these countries include Australia, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. A full list of VWP countries is available on the official US Department of State website.