What’s a Visa?
I’m not talking about the plastic card in your wallet, used for faking like you’ve got money. Americans are GREAT with those! No, I’m talking about the little slip of paper or stamp that comes after a little paperwork, a fee and a follow-up visit to your local embassy or airport. And that’s just tourist visas, not a business one. In short, a hassle.
Why Getting a Visa Sucks
If you think getting a tourist visa is a hassle, you’re not alone. It takes paperwork, spending money ($30-$300) and maybe even a visit to a nearby embassy or consulate. In other words, it’s easier to book a flight around the world, than to arrange permission to walk off the plane. But if you’re American, well, lucky for you! Americans, with their US passports, can visit pretty much every country on the planet, visa-free. Out of nearly 200 countries, Americans can visit 172 of them without a visa. Yes, you can stay up to 90 days in almost every country, without any hassle. Just book your flight and Go.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit that Country?
Probably not, but let’s cover this anyway. Needing a visa to visit somewhere depends a lot on what country you’re from. (hey, that’s the whole point of this article!) I have to share 2 things here. First is a great info graphic that show how powerful each country’s passport is. Click on it for the full-sized picture:
Then, this website offers a page and chart to answer if you need that visa, per country, per nationality. It’s cool stuff. You just pull down what nationality you are. The list shows destination countries as red (need a visa) or green (no visa needed -just fly there).
I guess my point is, if you’re American, there is next to nothing holding you back. You think you got it hard? Try being from one of the “less powerful” countries in the picture. Many people there want to visit other places, but can’t. You can. You’re free to go. Fly, be free.
p.s. By the way, Canada ranks just behind the US overall. Plus they can visit that nearby vacation oasis called Cuba.