Required Travel Documents

Traveling to the U.S.

When you’re traveling to the United States from another country as a visitor, make sure you’re prepared with the documentation required to enter the United States. 

If you are a lawful U.S. permanent resident or visitor on a visa, make sure you have your residency travel documentation, visa or green card when traveling. If you're visiting for a short time, make sure to check if you need a visa. Find U.S. Visa Information, opens in a new window

International Visitors

When you’re visiting the United States from another country, make sure you’re prepared with the documentation required to enter and exit the country.

Required Travel Documents for Non-U.S. Passport Holders


Unless you’re a national of a Visa Waiver country, citizens of other countries visiting the United States generally need a visa, a document declaring your reason for visiting the United States for business, tourism, leisure or a combination of reasons.

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Visa Waiver Program

Traveling to the United States? The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) requires travelers to submit an online request for travel authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States. This allows visitors from participating countries, opens in a new window to get speedy approval for travel to the U.S. for business or pleasure for 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa. For more information, visit the VWP website., opens in a new window

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I-94 Form Information

When entering the United States, the I-94 form shows the arrival and departure records of nonimmigrant visitors with a visa to visit the United States. The I-94 form must be completed by everyone except United States citizens, returning resident aliens, aliens with immigrant visas, Canadian citizens visiting or in-transit, people who completed a 1-94W.

U.S. Passport Holders

Citizens of the United States will be required to present their passport to re-enter the country, and may utilize expedited programs like Global Entry.

U.S. Customs

When entering the United States on a Delta Air Lines flight, you’ll have access to the Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks when arriving at the airline’s international gateways in Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW), Los Angeles (LAX), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), New York (JFK) and Seattle (SEA). A little like small ATMs, you can speed through customs when you use these machines.

Mobile Passport App

For U.S. and Canadian Citizens, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has partnered with Airside Mobile and Airports Council International to develop an app that facilitates a more time efficient process through U.S. Customs in Atlanta (ATL) and Seattle (SEA). The Mobile Passport App, opens in a new window enables customers to submit their passport and customs declaration information via their smartphone or tablet rather than via APC kiosks.

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Additional Resources

See more information about U.S. passport and visa requirements, or resources to help you prepare for your visit to the United States from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or find health information for different destinations through the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.