What Travel Documents Are Required When Traveling Overseas?

What Travel Documents Are Required When Traveling Overseas?

What Travel Documents Are Required When Traveling Overseas?

The most important document to have when traveling is a passport. The U.S. government requires a passport or other document to exit the country, and requires only a passport for re-entry. Additional documents may be required depending on the destination and duration of travel.

In much of Western Europe, American and Canadian citizens require only a passport, as long as their visit is less than six months and is not intended for work. People planning on longer stays or traveling for work may require a visa, which is a stamp placed in the passport by a government that gives the bearer permission to travel in that country. Other helpful documents include an International Driving Permit, pre-purchased rail or plane tickets, and other identity documents.