Heading To The USA? Here's What You Need To Prepare!

Heading To The USA? Here's What You Need To Prepare!Heading To The USA? Here's What You Need To Prepare!

America! Here we come!

Over 75 million people visit the USA each year. There’s just so much to see and do that even Americans don’t get the full experience! Our travelling to USA checklist has your back when you’re looking to head over – whether for business or pleasure!


The essential “travelling to USA checklist”

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Before you go anywhere, you want to make sure you’re fully prepared! Travelling to the USA may have preparations that are slightly different from any other destination. And if you love lists, then here’s a basic one to get you started!



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You’ll need all the normal travel items when flying abroad:

  • US dollars
  • Valid passport (not within 6 months of expiry)
  • Travel power adapter
  • Vaccinations
  • Clothings to match activities and weather
    • The US has seasonal weather so if you visit during the autumn and winter time, bring a coat!

Tickets (and visa)

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When buying your tickets, you should know it takes roughly 17 hours from Manila to the States!

You can snag cheap tickets at Php23,000. The cheapest month to go is in June according to USA Today

There are 38 countries that are part of the Visa Waiver program. Members of this group can enjoy visiting the USA without applying for a travel visa (check here to see if this applies to you!). However, these countries need to apply for a valid Electronic System of Travel Authorisation (ESTA) permit. It only costs $14 and can be applied for 72 hours before departure (but we recommend as early as possible!).

If your passport isn’t in the Visa Waiver program, you’ll need to apply for a travel visa – for Filipinos, that’s a B2 visitor visa. And the documents you’ll need to apply are:

  • Valid passport (not within 6 months of expiry)
  • A duly completed Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form.
  • A 2″x2″ passport photo (white background, within the past 3 months)
  • A nonrefundable $160/Php8,500 (paid in local currency)

Once you’ve applied online, you’ll need to bring the above documents to an interview at the US embassy. In addition to this core set of requirements, they’ll also want additional supporting documents:

  • Current proof of income, tax payments, property or business ownership, or assets.
  • Your travel itinerary and/or other explanation about your planned trip.
  • A letter from you employer detailing your position, salary, how long you have been employed, any authorized vacation, and the business purpose, if any, of your U.S. trip.
  • Criminal/court records pertaining to any arrest or conviction anywhere, even if you completed your sentence or were later pardoned.


Travel insurance

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It’s essential to get covered before you fly anywhere! Especially in the USA, where private medical costs can ramp up sky-high if something unfortunate happened. 

If you don’t normally get insurance, think of it as an investment in yourself! And you don’t have to just go with a pure insurance program. There are different schemes on offer where part of the premium you pay goes towards your coverage, while the rest can be used to invest! Pretty handy!


With our travelling to USA checklist, you should have no issues with preparing to fly and arriving in “the Land of the Free”! Share with your friends if you know anyone who might be flying to the US soon! 

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Written by

Vinnie Wong