Top 10 Places to Travel Without a Passport

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Kusum Tewari 34 Min Read

Traveling internationally can be an exhilarating experience. However, it also usually requires having a valid passport. Passport application processing times have been lengthy amid COVID-19 pandemic backlogs. Fortunately, American citizens can visit many beautiful vacation destinations around the world without a passport.

From tropical islands to historic European cities, these passport-free places offer amazing cultures, jaw-dropping scenery, delicious cuisine, and more. This article will highlight the top 10 places to travel without a passport along with travel tips and key information for each destination.

1. Puerto Rico

The enchanting Caribbean island of Puerto Rico tops our list of the best places to travel without a passport. As a United States territory, American citizens can visit without any passport or visa requirements.

Puerto Rico offers a little slice of Latin America just a short plane ride from most major airports in the continental U.S. The island provides the perfect itinerary for a warm weather getaway with plenty of diversity.

How to Get to Puerto Rico

It’s easy to catch a direct flight to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan from hubs like New York, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, and Atlanta. Flight time from the East Coast averages about 3.5 hours.

Alternatively, you can sail to Puerto Rico on cruise ships departing from U.S. ports. Major cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian offer regular itineraries.

Top Things to See and Do

Exploring Old San Juan should be at the top of any Puerto Rico itinerary. Wander the charming cobblestone streets and get lost amongst the candy-colored Spanish colonial buildings. Visit historic sites like the 16th century El Morro fort perched dramatically on the coast.

More great attractions in San Juan include the Bacardí Rum Factory tour, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico showcasing local artists, and the Casa Bacardi museum telling the story of the famous rum’s history on the island.

Beyond the capital, Puerto Rico offers diverse adventures. Don’t miss hiking through the lush El Yunque National Forest, paddling across the ethereal waters of Mosquito Bay (one of the world’s best bioluminescent bays), and relaxing on Flamenco Beach consistently ranked one of the Caribbean’s top beaches.

Ponce on the southern coast makes for an interesting day or overnight trip to see its historic Spanish Colonial architecture. The Arecibo Observatory lets visitors observe the world’s second largest radio telescope.

When to Visit Puerto Rico

Thanks to its location south of the hurricane belt, Puerto Rico enjoys pleasant weather year-round. However, the island does have distinct wet and dry seasons.

The best times to visit Puerto Rico for ideal weather conditions are December to April and late July/August. These drier months see lower rainfall, mostly sunny skies, and daytime highs in the 80s Fahrenheit (high 20s Celsius).

June and November fall in the wetter seasons with higher chances of rain. Puerto Rico stays warm enough for beach days but humidity is higher.

Passport and Documentation Requirements

As U.S. citizens, Americans can visit Puerto Rico without passports or visas. You just need to bring the same valid government-issued ID required for any domestic U.S. flights. This includes:

  • Driver’s license
  • State-issued ID card
  • Passport card
  • Enhanced driver’s license

Children under 18 can travel with their certified birth certificate.

2. U.S. Virgin Islands

Another top tropical destination in the Caribbean you can visit without a passport are the U.S. Virgin Islands. Like Puerto Rico, the islands are an unincorporated U.S. territory.

The archipelago includes three main islands: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Each has its own unique vibe and attractions.

How to Get to the U.S. Virgin Islands

The easiest way to reach the U.S.V.I. is flying into Cyril E. King International Airport (STT) on St. Thomas. Direct flights are available from many major American airports. Charlotte, New York City, Miami, Houston, and others have regular nonstop routes averaging about 4 hours.

You can also sail to the U.S. Virgin Islands via cruise ships leaving from U.S. ports like Miami, Port Canaveral, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Top Things to See and Do

With lush green hillsides tumbling into the sea, floury soft sand beaches, and turquoise Caribbean waters, the landscapes of the U.S.V.I. are simply stunning.

On St. Thomas, lounge on the lengthy stretch of sand at Magens Bay. Take the Skyride funicular up Paradise Point for spectacular views. In the main town of Charlotte Amalie, browse duty-free shops and dine at cozy cafes.

St. John attracts visitors wanting a more peaceful vibe. Two-thirds of St. John is protected parkland filled with hiking trails and deserted beaches. Snorkel the coral reefs at Trunk Bay.

St. Croix moves at a more relaxed pace. Bask on the white sands of Sandy Point Beach. Tour 18th century plantation estates like Estate Whim Plantation Museum. Go scuba diving amongst shipwrecks and reefs.

When to Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands

Like most tropical destinations, the peak tourism season in the U.S.V.I. runs from mid-December to mid-April. This is the driest period with low humidity and mostly sunny skies. Expect higher hotel rates and bigger crowds.

The budget-friendly shoulder seasons of late April/early May and November still offer pleasant weather with lower occupancy.

Summertime brings higher humidity and chances of rain. But hotel prices also drop making it attractive for some.

Passport and Documentation Requirements

U.S. travelers can visit the U.S. Virgin Islands passport-free with government-issued photo ID. Kids can enter with their birth certificate.

Acceptable identification includes:

  • Driver’s license
  • State-issued ID card
  • Passport card
  • Enhanced driver’s license

3. Bermuda

Known for its pink sand beaches, pastel-colored houses, and distinctive British flare, the island country of Bermuda allows Americans easy entry aboard closed-loop cruises.

Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is just a 2 hour flight from most East Coast airports. It provides the perfect quick getaway to soak up some island life and culture without a passport.

How to Get to Bermuda

The most straightforward way to reach Bermuda without a passport is booking a closed-loop cruise. These round-trip sailings depart from and return to the same U.S. port without additional stops.

Many major cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Carnival offer quick 4-5 night closed-loop Bermuda itineraries leaving from Northeast homeports like New York City, Boston, Baltimore, and Charleston.

You can also fly to Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) from East Coast hubs. Average nonstop flight time is just under 2.5 hours from New York and Boston.

Top Things to See and Do

Bermuda packs in a variety of attractions across its 21 square miles. Begin exploring in the vibrant capital of Hamilton filled with restaurants, shops, and historic buildings.

The Royal Naval Dockyard on Ireland Island transports visitors back to Bermuda’s days as a strategic British military outpost. Tour the island on rail via the Bermuda Railway Trail stretching from one end to the other.

Of course, you can’t visit Bermuda without spending ample time relaxing on its legendary pink sand beaches. Top stretches of sand include Horseshoe Bay and Elbow BeachCrystal Cave lets you descend into an underground world of glittering stalactites.

When to Visit Bermuda

Bermuda enjoys pleasant weather year-round thanks to the surrounding ocean tempering extremes. However, the cooler months from November to March see fewer visitors.

Between May and October, temperatures range from the 70s to low 80s Fahrenheit (low to high 20s Celsius). Water temperatures average around 75°F (24°C) in the summertime, ideal for swimming and water sports.

Hurricane season lasts from June through November, though Bermuda sits north of the typical storm tracks in the Atlantic.

Passport and Documentation Requirements

As mentioned earlier, U.S. citizens can visit Bermuda without a passport when arriving aboard closed-loop cruises. However, all travelers age 16 and older still need to bring proof of citizenship such as:

  • Original birth certificate (with raised seal)
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Current photo ID like a driver’s license

Passports provide faster and easier entry but aren’t mandatory. Have documents ready when arriving at the cruise port to board.

4. The Bahamas

Another prime beach destination in the Atlantic, the Bahamas grants easy access to Americans aboard closed-loop cruises. Made up of over 700 islands and cays, this tropical archipelago offers some of the Caribbean’s best beaches.

Major cruise lines have also developed private island day resorts in the Bahamas exclusively for passengers. You can enjoy idyllic island vibes without even needing a passport to disembark the ship.

How to Get to the Bahamas

Similar to Bermuda, joining a closed-loop cruise from the United States provides perhaps the simplest method of reaching the Bahamas without a passport.

Many 3-5 night itineraries depart from Florida ports like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and Port Canaveral. Bahamas cruises also leave out of Charleston, New York City, Baltimore, and Galveston, Texas.

From the East Coast, flights take under 2 hours. South Florida airports have regular nonstop service to Nassau, Freeport, Exuma, and more.

Top Things to See and Do

In Nassau, wander around the Queen’s Staircase then indulge in some duty-free shopping on Bay Street. Take a day trip to the iconic Pink Sands Beach on Harbor Island. Go swimming with dolphins, snorkel through colorful coral reefs, or try thrilling watersports.

Many cruises stop at private island resorts like Castaway Cay (Disney), CocoCay (Royal Caribbean), or Half Moon Cay (Holland America). Lounge on the pristine shores or visit family-friendly facilities.

Out island destinations like Exuma and the Abacos offer more isolated landscapes dotted with pastel-colored cottages and yacht-filled harbors.

When to Visit the Bahamas

December through May is considered peak season in the Bahamas. The cooler months have lower humidity, smaller crowds, and pleasant temperatures in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit (20s Celsius).

Between June and November, expect more heat, humidity, and potential storm impacts. However, hotels run cheaper promotions during the wet summer.

Passport and Documentation Requirements

To board a closed-loop cruise heading for the Bahamas, travelers ages 16 and up need proof of citizenship (original birth certificate or naturalization certificate) along with a current photo ID like a driver’s license.

Passports aren’t mandatory but will provide faster boarding and disembarkation in Nassau/Freeport. Have documents handy when clearing customs. Kids under 16 can enter with their birth certificate.

5. Jamaica

Home to vibrant culture, rich rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls, and grand all-inclusive resorts, the Caribbean country of Jamaica also allows entry on closed-loop cruises sans passport. Once on the island, enjoy Jamaican hospitality and adventures.

How to Get to Jamaica

Closed-loop cruises from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Charleston, Baltimore, New York City, and Galveston frequently call on Jamaica. Many itineraries stop at both major cruise ports of Falmouth and Ocho Rios on the north coast.

You can also fly directly to Jamaica’s international airports in Montego Bay and Kingston without a connecting flight. This avoids potential passport issues when transiting another country.

Top Things to See and Do

Most Jamaica cruise itineraries overnight in port allowing time to take excursions around the island. Opt for leisurely tours or adrenaline-pumping adventures.

See the natural beauty at Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios and swim in the crystal clear cascades. Experience the laid-back vibe of Negril Seven Mile Beach. Tour a historic plantation like Rose Hall. Raft down the Rio Grande amid rainforest scenery.

Go zip lining high above treetops with Chukka Caribbean Adventures. Hop aboard an ATV to traverse backroads and hidden beaches.

In the capital Kingston, tour the famous Tuff Gong recording studio, stroll Devon House mansion, and check out the lively nightlife scene in New Kingston.

When to Visit Jamaica

Like much of the Caribbean, Jamaica sees peak travel from December through April when rainfall is lowest and temperatures comfortable in the 80s Fahrenheit (high 20s Celsius). Expect bigger crowds and higher hotel rates.

The wet season from May to November comes with cheaper pricing and smaller groups. Just be ready for hotter weather and periodic tropical downpours. September/October are prime hurricane months.

Passport and Documentation Requirements

Closed-loop cruise passengers ages 16 and older should bring an original birth certificate with raised seal plus valid government-issued photo ID. Kids under 16 can enter with solely their birth certificate.

Although not mandatory, passports will simplify the entry and exit process. Have documents ready when clearing customs in Jamaica.

6. Mexico

Our southern neighbor Mexico offers a few handy options for Americans to visit without passports when traveling domestically by cruise ship or across the land border.

Access Mexico’s incredible beaches, ancient archaeological sites, vibrant culture, and awesome cuisine passport-free from parts of the U.S.

How to Get to Mexico

One of the easiest ways to enter Mexico without a passport is via closed-loop cruises from Gulf and West Coast ports that stop along the Mexican Riviera or Sea of Cortez. Major cruise lines all feature Baja Mexico itineraries.

You can also cross the Mexico–U.S. border by land or sea without a passport if you have the right documents. For instance, visitors to Mexico within the Border Zone from California, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas can enter passport-free with a government-issued photo ID and official Mexican tourist permit (FMM).

U.S. citizens can similarly travel into Mexico by passenger ferry from California, by private boat or by foot from Texas without a passport given proper documentation and registration. Always check current entry rules when planning.

Top Things to See and Do

Closed-loop cruises visiting Mexico typically stop along the country’s stunning Baja Peninsula and West Coast. Top destinations include Cabo San LucasPuerto VallartaMazatlan, and Ensenada.

Go snorkeling with sea lions in Cabo or laze on Medano Beach. Hike up Tequila Volcano outside Guadalajara then taste test at tequila distilleries. Island hop across the Sea of Cortez to unspoiled beaches.

In Baja California, dine on fresh seafood in La Paz, swim with gray whales at San Ignacio Lagoon, or surf massive breaks at Todo Santos. Whale watching also runs November through March on the Pacific mainland.

When to Visit Mexico

Much of Mexico boasts comfortable weather for travel year-round. However, the peak tourist season runs from December through April when temperatures are pleasantly warm and humidity is low. Expect bigger crowds and higher rates during this dry period.

The summer wet season (May-October) brings fewer visitors allowing better deals. Just prepare for very hot and humid conditions plus heavy downpours if visiting inland areas. The threat of hurricanes and tropical storms also increases this time of year.

Passport and Documentation Requirements

To visit Mexico without a passport aboard a closed-loop cruise, travelers ages 16 and older will need proof of citizenship (original birth certificate or naturalization certificate) and a valid government-issued photo ID.

Children under 16 can enter with solely their birth certificate. Passports aren’t mandatory but provide quicker entry.

When crossing into Mexico’s border zone from the U.S. by land, bring a tourist permit (FMM), valid photo ID like a passport card or enhanced license, plus proof of citizenship for minors. Different documentation rules may apply for children under age 18.

7. Dominican Republic

Another easy-to-reach Caribbean destination allowing entry without passports is the Dominican Republic. Palm-studded beaches, Spanish colonial history, and vibrant rhythms await on this sun-kissed island.

How to Get to the Dominican Republic

Closed-loop cruises provide the most convenient method for Americans to visit the Dominican Republic without passports. Many ships departing Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, and Galveston stop at Amber Cove cruise center on the DR’s north coast.

You can also fly nonstop from over a dozen U.S. cities including New York, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Dallas/Fort Worth. Avoid connections in other countries by taking direct flights.

Top Things to See and Do

Most Dominican Republic cruises only stay in port a day or less, so joining organized shore excursions provides the best overview of the island. Opt for a sightseeing trip in a fun tropical-themed jeep or dune buggy.

In Puerto Plata, ride the scenic cable car up Pico Isabel de Torres mountain for sweeping vistas. Tour the Georgian-style architecture of San Felipe Fortress. Sip cocktails and people-watch in the lively town square.

Visit nearby beach clubs like VIP Beach Club across from Amber Cove. Some cruises stop at the DR’s Samaná Peninsula where you can tour lush rainforests or

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If you have more time in the Dominican Republic, spend a few days exploring the historic capital Santo Domingo, seeing sites like the first cathedral in the Americas, wandering the cobblestone streets of the Colonial Zone, and taking in views from Faro a Colón lighthouse.

East of Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and the entire Dominican coastline wows with over 1,000 miles of beautiful beaches. All-inclusive resorts like those in Punta Cana provide perfect hassle-free escapes.

When to Visit the Dominican Republic

Like much of the Caribbean, the prime tourist season in the Dominican Republic runs from December to April. Expect little rainfall, lower humidity, and daytime temperatures around 85°F (29°C). The trade winds also keep conditions comfortable.

Summertime brings steamy weather, bigger waves, and lower hotel rates. Just know the Caribbean hurricane season lasts from June through November. September and October see peak storm activity that can cause disruptions.

Passport and Documentation Requirements

To visit the Dominican Republic sans passport aboard a closed-loop cruise from the U.S., travelers ages 16 and up will need to show an original birth certificate (with raised seal) and valid government-issued photo ID. Kids under 16 can enter with solely their birth certificate.

While passports aren’t obligatory, they’ll simplify the entry process off the cruise ship. Have citizenship and ID documents handy when clearing customs and immigration.

8. St. Maarten / St. Martin

The dual-national island of St. Maarten/St. Martin provides another convenient closed-loop cruise destination for Americans requiring no passports. Actually two countries divided in half, this little island offers 37 beautiful beaches and two vibrant cultures.

How to Get to St. Maarten and St. Martin

Closed-loop cruises from the U.S. provide the easiest way to access both sides of the island without a passport. Ships dock on the Dutch side at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilitiy in the capital city of Philipsburg.

Many itineraries departing Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral, and San Juan (Puerto Rico) feature St. Maarten as a port of call. The flight time from Miami is just under 3 hours.

Top Things to See and Do

When docked in Philipsburg, spend time strolling the lively downtown filled with shops, restaurants, and historic sights. Visit the top-rated Maho Beach right by the airport to experience jets flying scarily low overhead.

Orient Beach on the French side attracts travelers with water sports and beach bars like Kon-Tiki. Get up early and hike to Fort Louis for incredible island-wide views. The fortune-telling Voodoo Priestess makes for an amusing excursion to learn about the island’s folklore.

When to Visit St. Maarten and St. Martin

Like much of the Caribbean, St. Maarten enjoys peak tourism during the winter dry season from mid-December through late April. Little rainfall and pleasant high temperatures in the low 80s Fahrenheit (upper 20s Celsius) prevail. Hotel rates and crowds both increase.

Low season runs May through November. Expect some rain showers, higher humidity, and smaller crowds. Hurricane risks rise June through November with peak storms in August/September. Hotel prices drop during the wetter months.

Passport and Documentation Requirements

On closed-loop cruises to St. Maarten from the U.S., adult passengers must show proof of citizenship (birth certificate or naturalization certificate) along with government-issued photo ID. Minors under 16 can travel without a passport by presenting their birth certificate.

Although not mandatory, bringing passports will expedite getting on and off the ship during port calls. Have documents ready when clearing customs and immigration.

9. St. Kitts & Nevis

The dual-island Caribbean nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis provides yet another tropical destination for Americans to visit sans passport aboard a closed-loop cruise. These lush volcanic islands feature historic attractions, rainforest hikes, beach bars, and marine adventures.

How to Get to St. Kitts & Nevis

To visit St. Kitts or Nevis without a passport, book a closed-loop cruise leaving from Puerto Rico, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral or another U.S. homeport. Many Eastern and Southern Caribbean sailings incorporate St. Kitts into their itineraries.

Flights to St. Kitts from Miami take under 3 hours. However, this requires having a valid passport before departure since it’s not a direct trip.

Top Things to See and Do

When docked at the cruise terminal in downtown Basseterre, spend time wandering the UNESCO recognized capital filled with colonial architecture. Ride the scenic St. Kitts Scenic Railway along abandoned sugar cane fields to quaint villages.

Soak up sunshine and azure waters at South Friar’s Beach. Hike up Mount Liamuiga, the highest peak on St. Kitts. Tour Brimstone Hill Fortress, known as the “Gibraltar of the West Indies”. Go ziplining for phenomenal island views.

Over on sleepy Nevis, relax at pinpoint Pinney’s Beach with its palm trees and beach bars. Tour sugar plantation estates like the Museum of Nevis History. Hike into the verdant Nevis Peak rainforest.

When to Visit St. Kitts & Nevis

Like much of the Caribbean, the peak tourist season in St. Kitts and Nevis runs from mid-December through April. This dry period sees comfortable temperatures around 80°F (27°C) along with little rainfall. Expect bigger crowds and higher hotel prices.

The wetter summer season means fewer tourists and cheaper hotel rates. However temperatures stay quite warm year-round, and hurricane risks increase June through November with peak storms in late August & September.

Passport and Documentation Requirements

To visit St. Kitts or Nevis without passports aboard a closed-loop cruise from the U.S., travelers ages 16+ will need proof of citizenship and a photo ID. Kids under 16 can enter with solely their birth certificate.

Although not obligatory, passports will ease embarking/disembarking during port stops. Have the proper citizenship and ID documents ready when clearing customs and immigration.

10. Turks & Caicos

Our final pick of tropical destinations you can reach from the U.S. by closed-loop cruise without a passport are the beautiful Turks & Caicos Islands. Located south of The Bahamas, this British Overseas Territory is revered for its coral reefs, sea turtles, incredible beaches, and luxury resorts.

How to Get to Turks & Caicos

Like the other islands mentioned, booking a closed-loop cruise provides the most straightforward way to visit Turks & Caicos without passports or visas. Many Eastern and Southern Caribbean sailings call on the port of Grand Turk.

Flights to Providenciales (Provo) International Airport take under 3 hours from Miami and other Southern U.S. cities. But visiting Turks & Caicos by plane requires having passports before departure.

Top Things to See and Do

When docked in Grand Turk, tour the historic Grand Turk Lighthouse or visit the beautiful Governor’s Beach. Snorkel or scuba dive on the Wall—the largest barrier reef in Turks & Caicos.

Grace Bay Beach on Provo usually tops lists of the world’s best beaches with its soft powder sand and calm, crystal clear waters. Don’t miss swimming at picturesque Taylor Bay Beach and Sapodilla Bay Beach while in Provo.

Watersports reign supreme: try kayaking, kitesurfing, sailing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Other adventures include dune buggy excursions, fishing charters, island boat trips, and horseback rides along the beach.

When to Visit Turks & Caicos

The prime tourist season in Turks & Caicos runs from December through April. Little rainfall and temperatures averaging around 80°F (27°C) make for ideal beach weather. Hotel rates also skyrocket during the busy high season.

Visiting in the low season from May to November means fewer crowds and much cheaper hotel deals. Keep in mind hurricane risks increase during the summer and early fall though, with the bulk of storm activity in August and September.

Passport and Documentation Requirements

On closed-loop cruises to Grand Turk from the U.S., adult passengers must show proof of citizenship (original birth certificate or naturalization certificate) along with government-issued photo ID. Kids under 16 can enter with solely their birth certificate.

Although not mandatory, bringing passports will simplify and speed up the entry process off the cruise ship during port calls. Have all documents ready when clearing customs and immigration.

Travel to Europe Without a Passport?

Unfortunately, while U.S. citizens can visit certain Caribbean islands and Central American nations without passports, no European destinations currently allow Americans to enter without passports.

Even if you’re just transiting through Europe and staying within the Schengen Area less than 90 days, valid passports are still mandatory according to existing immigration laws and treaties.

The Schengen Area covers 26 European countries that abolished passport controls at mutual borders:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

No matter how you enter the Schengen Area (by air, sea, or land), you must meet standard passport and visa requirements before attempting to enter any of these countries.

Helpful Tips for Traveling Without a Passport

If you are planning a getaway abroad without a passport, keep these important tips and reminders in mind:

  • Always confirm entry rules – Entry requirements can change, so verify passport and visa demands directly with your cruise line, airline, and the embassy/consulate of any countries you plan to visit. Don’t rely on third party information. Reconfirm entry rules shortly before your departure date.
  • Carefully check ID expiration – Whether using a passport or other documents, ensure they comply with expiration rules and will still be valid upon arrival. Some countries require passports be valid for at least 3 or 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.
  • Bring back-up proof of citizenship – In addition to your primary ID, it’s wise to also pack a photocopy of your birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or passport as extra proof of citizenship when traveling without a passport.
  • Carry proper documents – On closed-loop cruises, have your original birth certificate and photo ID ready when boarding and when clearing customs and immigration at ports of call requiring no passports.
  • Arrive early – Give yourself additional time for document verification when visiting destinations without passports. You may encounter extra delays or questioning during entry screening if not carrying passports.
  • Consider trip insurance – Trip cancellation and medical evacuation coverage provide vital financial protection while traveling abroad if any unexpected mishaps derail your trip. Read our guide on travel insurance tips for more information.

Final Thoughts

Thankfully, U.S. citizens have plenty of tantalizing, far-flung destinations they can visit without passports, from Hawaii to the U.S. Virgin Islands to Mexico. Closed-loop cruises also unlock easy entry to tropical havens across parts of the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, and Central America.

Just remember to always thoroughly research and verify passport, visa, vaccine, and other entry requirements for every country prior to takeoff or departure. Rules and regulations continually evolve. Considering backup trip cancellation insurance provides peace of mind if any sudden changes affect your travel eligibility and force postponement.

While passports do make international journeys much simpler in most cases, they aren’t required for Americans to experience some incredible beaches, cultures, historical sites, and natural attractions abroad. So pick your favorite passport-free destination above and start getting excited for an unforgettable getaway!

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