The definition of a bilateral agreement is only a mutually beneficial agreement between two parties, in which each promises to respect its commitments. The EU has bilateral agreements with non-European countries that travel in areas such as trade and, as is the case with visa-free travel. The following example of a regular U.S. passport holder who obtained a residence permit in Spain under a bilateral agreement shows how the agreement works: you must have a passport valid at least 6 months after your planned departure from the United States (unless you are exempt by country agreements). For families, each family member, including young children and children, must have their own passport. (*) Only accepted in the agreement between Brazil and Poland on visa exemption. To travel on the VWP without a visa, you must obtain an authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before boarding a U.S.-bound carrier. ESTA is a web-based system operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to determine authorization to travel to the United States for tourism or business under the VWP. Visit the ESTA website on the CBP website for more information. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows most citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for a stay of 90 days or less. Travellers must have a valid travel authorization prior to travel and meet all of the following requirements.
If you want to have a visa on your passport, you can still apply for a visit visa. New Zealand has bilateral agreements with 18 countries associated with Schengen and Schengen. Twelve nations have bilateral agreements with Australia. One of them can be useful to many travellers: the bilateral agreement between Australia and Germany on visa exemption. This scheme allows Australians with a passport to apply for a stay in Germany for 3 months, regardless of the time they have already spent in the Schengen area. At the end of the last working day of the 90-day stay, a visitor may apply to stay in an EU country for a longer period if his country of origin has a current formal agreement with that Member State. Most bilateral agreements allow travellers to spend an extra 3 months without a visa.