American travelers have some of the greatest travel freedom in the world. You don’t need a passport to explore beautiful beaches, glaciers, and breathtaking mountainous terrain; many destinations exist where you can go without needing one.
Here are the best places in America where traveling without a passport is possible.
Anguilla is an emerging Eastern Caribbean paradise that’s beloved among Hollywood celebrities and digital nomads alike. Renowned for its beautiful beaches, dramatic sunsets, delectable cuisine and beautiful turquoise waters – Anguilla provides the ideal place for relaxation, resting up, getting some sun exposure and building up an enviable tan. But what truly sets Anguilla apart are its relaxed environment and friendly locals – both elements add up to an alluring place that welcomes visitors with open arms.
While travel costs in Anguilla can quickly add up, there are still ways to make it more budget-friendly. One is taking advantage of discounted transportation passes and tickets; these could save a considerable amount on multiple destinations during a single journey.
Renting a car can also help save money when traveling in Anguilla, giving you freedom and flexibility in exploring at your own pace without incurring expensive taxi rides. Plus, having your own transportation means being able to appreciate more of Anguilla’s breathtaking natural beauty!
Anguilla is accessible from the United States thanks to its proximity. Travelers often take advantage of Princess Juliana International Airport on Sint Maarten, offering direct flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and then hop onto either a ferry or private jet for Anguilla.
2. St. Croix
As a US territory, St. Croix falls under the same rules for travel as mainland United States and Puerto Rico – this means no passport is needed when visiting St. Croix and other USVI destinations such as St. Thomas or Puerto Rico. Flights are even available with no government issued photo ID required such as your driver’s license! Or take the daily ferry service between St. Thomas and St Croix for an easy crossing across the ocean!
Non-US citizens still should carry a passport to expedite their return home if touring any non-US territories on their trip; it is required by any countries not participating in the Visa Waiver Program.
US Green Card holders need only present valid government-issued photo ID (such as your driver’s license ) and a copy of their birth certificate to enter and leave the USVI. You will also require either an approved ESTA visa for entry and exit into and exit from the US, customs inspections upon departure from the islands to prevent pests, invasive plants or diseases that threaten native species from entering into USVI waters.
3. St. Thomas
Travel to St. Thomas and other Virgin Islands for US citizens is considered domestic travel and does not require a passport. If traveling without one, however, government authorities do require you to carry an original or certified copy of your birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad; alternatively a state-issued ID or drivers license would suffice.
This Caribbean island is famed for its exciting blend of natural surroundings and bustling lifestyle. Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the US Virgin Islands, offers visitors an inviting port town filled with Danish colonial architecture, charming streets, and historic sites – an experience unique in itself!
St. Thomas offers more than beautiful beaches and natural splendor – it also provides a vast array of water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing, day charter sailing trips, fishing expeditions and kayaking! Additionally, visitors can visit historical downtown sites or enjoy drinks and meals while admiring breathtaking ocean views at local restaurants or bars.
The US Virgin Islands are a favorite Caribbean vacation spot, often surprising visitors by permitting entry without needing a passport. Simply present either state-issued ID or driver’s license when arriving. If traveling further afield (e.g. British Virgin Islands), however, then passport will be necessary in order to return back home safely.
Hawaii is one of the most magical places in the world, and it’s no secret that those who call the islands home take immense pride in them. Locals have adopted “Kuleana,” an Hawaiian phrase meaning both privilege and responsibility simultaneously, to refer to how they treat all visitors with reverence and kindness. Travel in Hawaii can be transformative experience for visitors new to visiting; with so much available here it’s vital that research be done thoroughly so you can find your perfect vacation option(s).
If traveling within the United States, no passport is needed – simply use your driver’s license or an ID card, such as military or federal government PIVs for identification purposes. When flying internationally however, valid passports are usually required.
If you do not already possess a passport, applying for one should be your top priority. You can do this either on the Department of State website or with a private company like InterExchange; though the latter’s process may be more time consuming and expensive. When making your application follow all instructions closely and contact any embassies or consulates of any destination where you plan to travel before proceeding further with your application process. In addition, if your name has changed since your previous passport was issued you must also submit court orders or adoption decrees bearing evidence of such changes along with your application if applicable.