Traveling Internationally & Need A Visa Waiver? Make Sure You Go To The Country’s Official Site, Not A Scam Site

Although there are currently 80-something countries that don’t require any special paperwork for U.S. citizens to enter their respective land, there are well over 30 countries that require them to get a visa waiver. That number will nearly double when the 26 Schengen Zone countries will also require a visa waiver of U.S. citizens, effective January 1, 2021.

Meanwhile, citizens of nearly 40 countries and territories are eligible for visa-free entry into the United States, as long as citizens fill out a visa waiver.

Unfortunately, there are several scam websites that look very official and/or offer to “help” you fill out the electronic form, albeit for a fee on top of the actual visa waiver cost. Here’s how to avoid them and find the “official” sites for the country/countries in question.

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Reminder: Effective Today, If You’re Traveling To New Zealand & Don’t Need A Visa, You’ll Need A Waiver

October 1, 2019: Following in the footsteps of the United States’ ESTA, Canada’s eTA and the upcoming ETIAS (Who can forget that one? It’s a visa! No it’s not!) for the European countries in the Schengen Zone, New Zealand has official begun its NZeTA visa waiver program for those who don’t need a visa to enter the country.

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Going To This Country? If You Don’t Need A Visa, You’ll Soon Need A Waiver

Following in the footsteps of the United States’ ESTA, Canada’s eTA and the upcoming ETIAS (You remember that one, right? It’s a visa! No it’s not!) for the European countries in the Schengen Zone, another country is going to start a visa waiver program on October 1, but registration can begin this month.

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Opinion: People’s Response To The Upcoming ETIAS Visa/Non-Visa/Maybe ESTA Payback For Going To Europe

I have never, ever seen so much hoopla over international travel before.

I had originally written about ETIAS back in December, when I first heard that the Schengen group of 26 European countries will begin to require that citizens of over five dozen countries, including the U.S., fill out an electronic form to enter this group of countries in the E.U. In late February I read somewhere there was more info, which led me to write, “More Info About Requiring A Visa When Traveling To Europe As A U.S. Citizen.”

And then the comments started…

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