Which Countries Can You Visit on a B1/B2 Visa, Apart from USA

The American B-1 and B2 visas are temporary visas that allow visitors from across the globe to travel to the US for business, short-term work or simply leisure. The government also gives travellers the opportunity to switch their visa status from B1/B2 to another type of visa, depending on the immediate needs and circumstances.

But, how would you react if I tell you that you can visit many other countries on the B1/B2 visa, apart from USA? Great, isn’t it, since getting a B1/B2 visa itself is a huge task? You get the maximum value for your time, money and effort when you are allowed to visit other countries while you are in the US on a B1/B2 visa.

Countries You are Allowed to Visit with a US Tourist Visa

Some sources have stated that you can travel to up to 33 countries “visa-free” if you have a valid US tourist visa or green card. Many of these countries will need the B1/B2 visa to be a multi-entry one that has been used at least once to travel to the US.

According to US Customs and Border Protection, a non-immigrant can visit Canada or Mexico for up to 30 days and re-enter during their visit to the US. The date till which one can re-enter America is provided on Form I-94. However, the traveller may need to contact officials in Canada or Mexico, since their rules for entry with a B1/B2 visa may vary.

Moreover, you’ll have to depart from the US before the departure date mentioned on the visa, to avoid overstaying. Overstaying in the US can have serious consequences, including the person being barred from entering USA for the next 3 to 10 years, depending on the time for which the individual has overstayed in the US.

Below is the complete list of countries you can visit with a B1/B2 visa.

Central America

  1. Belize
  2. Guatemala
  3. Honduras
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Panama
  6. El Salvador
  7. Nicaragua

North America

  1. United States of America, including Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, US Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa
  2. Mexico

Caribbean

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Aruba
  3. Curaçao
  4. Saint Maarten
  5. Antigua and Barbuda

Europe

  1. Montenegro
  2. Serbia
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  4. Turkey
  5. Georgia
  6. Albania
  7. United Kingdom

South America

  1. Peru
  2. Chile
  3. Colombia

The Middle East

  1. United Arab Emirates
  2. Oman
  3. Qatar

Africa

  1. São Tomé and Príncipe

Asia

  1. Certain parts of Taiwan
  2. South Korea
  3. Philippines
  4. Singapore
  5. Malaysia

The time period for which you can visit these countries may vary. Moreover, some nations have restrictions on the entry of people of certain nationalities.

US officials strictly monitor the time period for which you are issued the visa, since they want to make sure that your intention is to return to your home country before your visa expires.

When you return to the US, after having visiting any of the above mentioned countries, and if your current US visa has expired but your I-20 is still valid, you won’t need to obtain a new visa in order to re-enter the US.Important Note: According to CBP, after returning from countries like England or Costa Rica, your re-entry to the US will be considered a new admission, after which you’ll have to undergo a tedious inspection process.


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  • The list of countries that can be visited under the B1/B2 visa is for someone people of a specific nationalities. For example if we would like to our home country (Portugal) and come back within that 6 months period is still possible?

  • Hi, many thanks. I have multiple entry USA B1\B2 visa valid till 2027 but have never visited USA. How many countries i can visit with this B1\B2 visa ? Kindly advise.

    BR,
    BM
    bijendermishra@gmail.com

  • Hello I am from Pakistan and I have B1B2. I just want to know that how many days can I stay in Philippine? On visit.
    Please reply me soon

  • Hello there,

    I am from Haiti and I was wondering if I could travel to Honduras using my U.S. tourist visa? Is it possible or am I obligated to apply for a Hondurian Visa? Thank you for the article and your time! 🙂

  • Hello there,

    I am a South African citizen living in China. I want to visit Taiwan. Can I do so on my b1/b2 visa?

    Best,
    Celeste

  • Hi Mani, I have a valid B1/B2 VISA and I am travelling to Columbia via London and Miami. I wanted to know if I need a transit visa for London and also if I need to apply for a visa to Columbia. BA told me I don’t need one but I have heard some people having trouble and the US and UK have really not been helpful.

    • I’ve heard both cases as well Jeeva. Being asked transit visa and otherwise. As I understand, things change and it’s better if you’d check with the airlines closer to your travel date. As for Columbia, I’m sure you need a visit visa, but based on your citizenship/passport status you might be able to get a visa on arrival.

    • Hello…
      Karthik, I’m Dilawar from India, I have B1B2 visa valid up to 4 years, I want to visit Malta, can I get visa on arrival for Malta or need to apply for Schengen visa.
      Thank you.

      • The purpose of your intended travel and other facts (like passport/citizenship) will determine what type of visa is required. I’d suggest you contact the embassy directly.

  • Hi! Mr.Mani,
    Glad to come across your post.
    I have B1/B2 Visa which is valid for another 8years.I would like to know that by just booking a Hotel and Flight , I can visit anywhere in US right?
    Also if I can travel to CANADA on this visa or need to apply for Canadian visa?
    By the way,I’m from Mumbai.
    Thanks in advance.

    Best Regards,
    Naseer

    • Yes you can visit the US by just booking a hotel and flight, however you will have to prove to the officers at immigration your purpose of visit.

  • Hello Mani, I have a question, I am Anita and I have my B/B2 visa approval and I am going to attend the conference in March. I need to change the status to F1 or H1 could you kindly assit me. Thank you Sir.

    Best Regards Anita

  • Hi, Mani I have a question, I am a Filipino and I want to go to St. Maarten can I enter the Island just by using my b1 b2 US Visa??

  • Hi Mani,

    I am curious to know with a B1/B2 visa can you travel to the United Kingdom. I assumed one needed a UK tourist visa. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Jenny


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