Every person entering the USA from abroad must have a passport, valid - for most countries - for at least six months from the date of entry. US citizens entering or re-entering the country from Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda also need to present a valid passport.
All travelers who enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Program require machine-readable passports that incorporates an integrated chip with information from the data page (passports issued after October 26, 2006).
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Citizens of Canada do not require visas or return tickets. Travelers from other countries require return tickets and visas, unless traveling under the Visa Waiver Program.
Citizens of Bermuda traveling to the US generally do not require a visa for travel up to 180 days (some exceptions apply). Citizens and permanent residents of Mexico generally must have a nonimmigrant visa or Border Crossing Card (also known as a "Laser Visa").
The following countries currently participate in the Visa Waiver Program:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
To qualify for the travel under the Visa Waiver Program, citizens of the above countries must have a passport valid for six months past their expected stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions), their stay in the US may not exceed 90 days, and the purpose of the trip can only be tourism, business or transit. They also need to have prior authorization to travel under the VWP through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) - see details on http://www.cbp.gov/esta. ESTA applications must be submitted at least 72 hours before travel to the USA. They can be obtained online for free
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