Visa Waiver Program
Visiting The United States Without A Visa
The Netherlands participate in the VWP, so most Dutch citizens do not need a visa to travel to the U.S. However, they will need their own individual Dutch passport. Children included in their parent's Dutch passport need a visa, or must get their own individual passport in order to travel without a visa. All current Dutch passports meet the VWP requirements. For a complete list of VWP countries and more information on biometric passport requirements for other VWP countries, please visit the State Department travel web site.
All visitors from countries not part of the VWP require a visa to enter the U.S. This includes travelers changing planes in the U.S. or on board planes stopping in the U.S., even if they do not get off the plane or leave the transit area of the airport.
(Click here to go to the non-immigrant visa application instructions.)
- Have obtained travel authorization through ESTA, see the ESTA information on the right of this page.
- Have a valid passport, which meets biometric requirements, issued by the participating country and be a citizen (not only a resident) of that country;
- Be seeking entry for 90 days or less as a temporary visitor;
- If entering by air or sea, have a round-trip or through transportation ticket issued on a carrier that has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to participate in the waiver program, and arrive in the United States aboard such a carrier.
- Have proof of financial solvency.
Entry at a land border crossing point from Canada or Mexico is permitted under the VWP. These travelers are not required to enter on a specific carrier.
Effective July 1, 2009, all Dutch passports issued after October 26, 2006, including emergency and temporary passports, are subject to the electronic passport (e-passport) requirement for travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Any Dutch citizen holding an emergency passport that holds no chip, i.e. not an E-passport, must either apply for a regular Dutch passport or a visa to travel to the United States. Please see the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website.
-Visa or no Visa-
Here's a handy tool to see if you need a visa. It is called Visa Wizard. It will also explain the passport requirements for visa-free travel. Please read the instructions carefully.
Note: if you DO need a visa, you do NOT need an ESTA!
No ESTA or Visa for U.S. Citizens
U.S. citizens must travel with a valid U.S. passport to and from the U.S., even if they also hold another country's passport. U.S. citizens do NOT need a visa and do NOT need an ESTA.
-Attention Visa-Free Travelers!-
All visa-free travelers to the U.S. must now apply online for travel authorization prior to traveling! Click here for ESTA details.
It's fast, it's easy! Click on the logo to apply for your Travel Authorization. Get it and Go!
• Made a mistake in your ESTA application?
• Do you still need an I-94W form?
• Do you need an ESTA when you have a valid visa?
These questions and many more are answered in an extensive FAQ sheet prepared by the Department of Homeland Security:
ESTA Questions or problems? Click here for answers!
You may want to check this out, even if you have no questions. It contains very useful information.