Required Travel Documents

Travel Outside of the U.S.

When you’re traveling outside of the United States, make sure you have all required travel documents. A passport is required for all international travel. Remember, the name on your boarding pass must match the name on your government-issued passport. In general, your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of intended stay in a foreign country. Also, be sure to check to see if a visa is needed to visit your destination country. Please review all international destination entry requirements, opens in a new window prior to traveling.

Acceptable Forms of ID Include

Acceptable Forms of ID Include

Things to Consider


  • Check with the Transportation Security Administration, opens in a new window (TSA), a local embassy or consulate to see travel documents you may need to re-enter the U.S.
  • Passport processing often takes several months and could take longer during peak travel periods, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get a valid passport, opens in a new window before you travel
  • Some international destinations require your passport to be valid for a certain amount of time after your date of departure – review your destination’s passport validity requirement, opens in a new window
  • U.S. citizens do not need a passport to enter U.S. territories like Puerto Rico; they can enter with a valid government-issued ID
  • Aim to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to departure when traveling to an international destination, you must be checked in at least 1 hour ahead of your departure
  • If you’re a permanent resident of the United States, be sure to bring the appropriate documentation to be able to re-enter the U.S.