A US passport is ranked as being the 3rd most powerful in the world, which can make international travel a lot more streamlined for those who hold one. Many African countries don’t require you to apply for a visa beforehand, or even obtain a visa at all. However, there are some almost universal requirements - namely, proof of exit, as well as having at least two blank passport pages, but the following countries aren’t likely to give you any visa trouble.
As long as your passport has at least six months left before expiration, you can stay for a maximum of 3 months without a visa.
Your visa fee depends on the length of your stay: $33USD for 45 days, and $286 for stays exceeding 45 days.
Cote d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast
It’s possible to get your visa upon arrival, but bear in mind that it’s a little more expensive - a short-stay visa is $50 if collecting it from an embassy before you travel, or $78 if purchased at customs. For stays exceeding three months, you’ll have to pay $146.
US citizens can remain in Equatorial Guinea for up to 90 days without a visa.
The maximum stay is three months, and your passport should be valid for at least three months after your departure.
All travelers need a visa, ranging from $50-250 on arrival depending on length of stay.
As long as your passport is valid for the duration of your stay, you won’t need a visa to visit Mauritius.
Like Mauritius, as long as your passport is valid for the duration of your stay, there’s no need for a visa in Morocco. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, you’ll have to apply for a resident’s permit once in the country.
US visitors can remain in Namibia for up to three months without a visa, as long as the passportis valid for six months from the date of entry.
For $50 on arrival, visitors can remain in Rwanda for thirty days, provided they hold a passportvalid for six months after the date of arrival.
You need a passport valid for at least three months beyond entry, for a maximum stay of three months.
As long as your passport is valid throughout your stay, you can remain in Seychelles for up to three months.
No visa required for stays of up to 90 days, though make sure your passport is valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure.
US passports should be valid for at least three months upon entry, but this is the only requirement for stays of under 30 days.
A visa costs $100 for a stay of up to three months. Your passport should also be valid for six months past the date of entry into the country.
US passport holders can stay for up to 90 days, so long as their passport is valid for the duration of their stay.
For $50 you can get a single-entry visa upon arrival. A passport valid for six months after your intended departure date is also required for entry.
You can obtain a 90-day tourist visa upon arrival for $30, and you’ll need a passport valid for at least six months after departure.
Of course, you should always do extra research into visa and passport requirements before you travel to avoid any nasty surprises upon arrival. But as long as you’re up-to-date and informed, entry into these countries should be easy and hassle-free.