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Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including the Kingdom of The Netherlands, to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, if certain requirements are met. Under the VWP, time spent in Canada, Mexico, and adjacent islands counts towards the maximum of 90 days stay allowed under the program.

International visitors to the U.S. from Visa Waiver Program countries are required to have a valid ESTA authorization in order to enter. All visitors must apply for travel authorization (ESTA) online.

Visas are always required for airline crew members, crew members of commercial, private or maritime vessels, students, interns, exchange visitors, temporary workers and intra-company transferees, treaty traders, religious workers, performers and artists, representatives of foreign countries on official business, and journalists/media representatives traveling for work purposes.

If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel.

If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at ceac.state.gov/genniv/, and schedule a visa appointment.  If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment.

Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status.  For more information about scheduling an emergency appointment, visit the non-immigrant visa page on our website.