Visa for Boston or a stopover in the USA
Foreign nationals intending to travel to Boston must have a travel authorization validated by the United States. This travel authorization will allow access to American territory upon arrival in Boston. There are several types of travel authorization for the USA.
Do I need a visa for Boston?
Boston is one of the major cities on the East Coast of the United States. Foreign travelers landing in Boston in the U.S. must have a U.S. visa. The reason for your stay determines the type of visa you need for Boston.
For stays of less than 90 days: You don’t need to obtain a visa for Boston, just apply for a travel authorization by clicking on the online form.
Do I need a visa to stop over in Boston?
There are two visa options for transit through Boston:
- Travelers can apply for a C transit visa for a stopover in Boston;
- The other solution is cheaper and quicker: Foreign nationals can apply for ESTA transit authorization to stop over in the U.S. without needing a visa.
Can you travel to Boston without being vaccinated?
As of July 2023, it is no longer necessary to be vaccinated against COVID 19 to travel to the United States. You can travel to Boston without being vaccinated against COVID 19.
What is a tourist visa for Boston?
A foreign traveler can travel to Boston on an American tourist visa. The Boston tourist visa allows foreign nationals to land in Boston for tourism or to visit family in the United States.
Can I travel to Boston with an ESTA?
A foreign traveler can obtain an ESTA for Boston. Obtaining an ESTA is faster than applying for a Boston tourist visa. ESTA authorization for Boston is valid for 2 years, but successive stays in the USA must not exceed 90 days.
How much does a visa for Boston cost?
The price of a visa for Boston depends on the visa chosen by the traveler. When applying for a B visa for the USA, the minimum administrative fee is US$185. If the traveler chooses to apply for ESTA, the price will be lower: ESTA costs a minimum of US$21.
How do I apply for a Boston visa?
You can apply for a Boston visa online. The applicant follows the online visa application procedure. During the procedure, the applicant will also need to obtain a visa appointment at the American embassy in the country where he or she resides.
Travelers may choose to apply for an ESTA to travel to Boston. In this case, the application process is entirely online. The deadlines for an ESTA are very quick: ESTA authorization is obtained in 72 hours maximum.
How do I get a visa to Boston from the UK?
There are a large number of U.S. visas that a traveler can apply for and obtain from a U.S. embassy. The main visas used to travel to Boston from the UK are the B1 business visa and the B2 tourist visa.