This listing of foreign
entry requirements is the leading online resource for U.S.
citizens traveling on tourism or business. It does not apply
to persons planning to emigrate from the U.S. to foreign countries.
A Briggs recommends that your passport should be valid at least 6 months beyond the last date of travel outside the United States. Some countries require that your passport not expire within six months of the date you leave the country but do not enforce the policy upon entering the country. Other countries do not declare such a policy but do enforce it at the border. For this reason, A Briggs strongly recommends that all U.S. citizens traveling abroad use the six-month guideline; that is, if your passport will expire within six months of the date you return to the U.S. from traveling internationally, renew your passport before departure.
Likewise, A Briggs recommends that you have at least three blank pages in your passport when departing the U.S. to travel internationally -- and remember that the last pages in your passports are for amendments and endorsements and may not be accepted for use as blank visa pages.
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Country Specific Information
Citizenship (abbreviated: additional
All countries require travelers to show proof of U.S. citizenship
upon entry to their country and upon return re-entry to the
U.S. If you are flying to any international destination from or to the U.S., you must have a valid passport in your possession.
Most countries require you to present your passport upon arrival.
If you do not have one, click here
for information about obtaining a passport. If you need
a visa, click here.
A few countries do not require a passport and will accept
other types of proof of citizenship including an original
or certified copy of your birth certificate, original Certificate
of Naturalization, original Certificate of Citizenship, or
original Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United
States. If you are traveling to a country that does not require
a passport for admission, we recommend you use either a passport,
certified copy of your birth certificate, or original Certificate
If you are traveling to a country that does not require a
passport and you do not present a passport upon entrance,
you also should be prepared to present proof of your identity.
To prove your identity, a valid driver's license or government
identification card is acceptable provided they identify you
by physical description or photograph. However, for travel
overseas and to facilitate reentry into the U.S., the U.S.
State Department says, "a valid U.S. passport is the
best documentation available and unquestionably proves your
Certified birth certificates are issued by the state, city
or county in which you were born and must have a raised seal
of the issuing agency. Hospital birth certificates are unacceptable
for proof of citizenship.
Although Canada, Mexico, and some other countries in the Caribbean
do not require a passport, we have had a number of reports
of U.S. travelers entering Canada and Mexico being detained
upon entry or re-entry to the U.S. because they do not have
passports. We suggest that you secure a passport before travel
to these countries. Please note that even though some countries
and tour operators state a birth certificate is sufficient
for entrance to a country, we have had reports of travelers
being denied boarding because they did not have a valid passport.
Some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid at
least 6 months or longer beyond the dates of your trip. If
your passport expires in less than six months, you should
renew your passport prior to your departure from the U.S.
For more information, refer to Proof
of Citizenship and Identity
Below is a list of all countries in the world and their requirements
for entry by U.S. citizens. Check the country to which you
are traveling to learn the requirements to enter that country.
Some countries require U.S. citizens to obtain a visa, which
is a permit allowing the passport holder to visit that nation.
Visas are issued in the U.S. by the embassy or consulate of
the country to which you are traveling. Obtain it from the
appropriate embassy or consulate in the U.S. before leaving
to enter that country.
Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application,
especially if you are applying by mail. Note that some countries
including China do not allow applying by mail. It is the responsibility
of the traveler to obtain visas, where required, from the
appropriate embassy or nearest consulate in the U.S. of the
country you are planning to visit. As soon as you receive
your visa, check it to make sure no mistakes were made. Processing
and visa fees vary from country to country, and most fees
are not refundable. For assistance with a visa, click here.
Under the International Health Regulations adopted by the
World Health Organization, a country may require International
Certificates of Vaccination against yellow fever, especially
if you are traveling from an area of the world that is infected
with yellow fever. Prophylactic medication for malaria and
certain other preventive measures are advisable for travel
to some countries. No immunizations are required to return
to the United States. Detailed health information may be obtained
from your local healthcare provider or by contacting the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, or by telephone at 1-877-
Flu shots are available in many countries and the vaccine
available in advanced, first-world countries is virtually
the same as that in the U.S. according to an article in the
Wall Street Journal on December 14th that quotes William Schaffner,
chair of the Department of Preventative Medicine at Vanderbilt
University. He cautions that the “…vaccine in
the Southern Hemisphere will be last year’s version
until about April or May.” For more information about
where you might get a flu shot see the State
Department’s list of hospitals and doctors abroad.
An increasing number of countries have established regulations
regarding AIDS testing for long-term visitors. If you are
traveling to a country for longer than 90 days, be sure and
check the requirements of the Embassy or Consulate for the
country that you plan to visit to learn if an AIDS test is
a requirement for entry.
All international flights are subject to U.S. Immigration
and U.S. Customs fees paid in advance as part of your ticket.
In addition, many countries have departure fees that are sometimes
collected at the time of ticket purchase or upon exiting the
The U.S. State Department also publishes the requirements
to enter all nations in the world; however, because of resource
limitations, the information is updated only once a year and
is often out of date and incorrect. See the State Department
Foreign Entry Requirements.