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 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.