If one has an indian passport with UK residency, does he require a visa to travel to the USA for tourism?


You can not visit the USA without a visa if you are not on the VWP list, regardless of where you reside.

UK aside, even if someone is a permanent resident of Canada they still need a visa to enter USA if they are not eligible for VWP.

Permanent residents (landed immigrants) of Canada must have a nonimmigrant visa unless the permanent resident is a national of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), meets the VWP requirements, and is seeking to enter the United States for 90 days or less under that program

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    The answer is right. Though on the more positive side you're likely to have an easier time getting a visa if you've already got proven good behaviour and residence in the UK since the US/US share a lot of data and there'll be less suspicion of illegal immigration if you're already free to live in a wealthy country. – the other one Mar 2 '18 at 14:05

You likely need a visa, since India is not one of the countries on the Visa Waiver Program list. You can always check if you need a visa by using the IATA travel document check website (or I think it used to be called TIMATIC Web): https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/

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