Border Protection and Travel Information for Visitors Abroad
Travel is the traveling of individuals between different distant geographic locations. Travel can also be done by car, bike, foot, plane, train, bus, boat, horseback or any other mode of transportation, with or without gear, and is usually one way or round trip, depending on the length of the journey. The variety of travel methods makes it possible for a traveler to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of many different places. While on a vacation a person might take a bus or train ride, drive down the country, fly by airplane, or ride a motorbike.
The various modes of traveling can take travelers to a wide variety of destinations. A passport is needed for all travel within the EU area, even when crossing from one international country into another. When traveling outside of the EU area a passport is still required, but the only strict requirement is that travelers must have their correct identity documents. This is so all travelers are able to obtain proper border protection, and are able to legally enter the country they are traveling to. The same applies to travelers from other countries.
For those traveling within the EU area a valid passport must be taken at all times. It is not necessary to have proof of citizenship in order to apply for a passport; however, most EU countries require at least proof of citizenship so you can legally enter the United States. Some countries have special procedures when applying for a passport. For example, citizens of Switzerland are required to apply for a special Swiss Passport. Those traveling outside of the EU area will need a passport of the first country they intend on entering.
There are additional requirements that each traveler must follow while traveling to the United States, especially if traveling outside of the United States. Additional information is required when crossing the international border or when traveling between countries. Traveling with your passport requires more stringent border protection measures.
When traveling between the US and Canada additional information is required of all travelers regardless of their country of origin. For example, travellers must show photo identification at the time of landing in the United States. Some areas also require photo identification at the time of leaving the United States.
When traveling abroad for business or pleasure, it is important to follow the specific requirements for each country you plan to visit. It is also important to follow all of the local laws. In addition to the above information a traveller may be required to: stay overnight, leave and return on the same day, stay within the same country and follow all local traffic laws. All of these rules and regulations are in place to ensure the safety of travelers within the United States and Canada and to reduce the risk of aliens entering illegally.