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Can I travel on a green card?

by Connie
(Paramount, CA USA)

Question: I am a Filipino living in the United States on a VISA. Can I travel to the places below without a passport even if I am not a United States citizen? I would like to travel to St. Thomas, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Tortola, and Puerto Rico.


Thank you for your assistance with my questions.

Answer: You can travel outside the U.S. if you possess a green card. You will need a valid passport from the Philippines. When returning to the United States after temporary travel abroad, you will need to present your valid, unexpired “green card” (Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card).

Entry requirements for each destination varies. Some requirements are listed below along with contact information for others.

St. Thomas and Puerto Rico: You do not need any additional travel documents other than your passport and green card since both of these are U.S. territories.

Antigua: Contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda located at 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW in Washington, DC. The phone number is 202 362 5122 and the Email address is embantbar@aol.com.

Dominican Republic: Visitors who do not obtain a Dominican visa prior to entry must purchase a tourist card upon arrival to enter the country. Tourist cards cost ten U.S. dollars, which must be paid in U.S. currency. Tourist cards may be purchased at the Dominican Embassy in Washington or Dominican consulates prior to arrival, as well as at Dominican airports at the time of entry.

Barbados: For information about entry requirements for Filipinos, contact the Embassy of Barbados, 2144 Wyoming Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 939-9200, fax (202) 332-7467, e-mail: washington@foreign.gov.bb; or the consulates of Barbados in Los Angeles, Miami or New York.

Tortola: According to the British Virgin Island Tourist Board, visitors to Tortola "may be granted entry for up to one month at the ports of entry, provided that they possess return (or ongoing) tickets, evidence of adequate means of support and pre-arranged accommodations during their stay."

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Taiwan passport + US green card to enter Philippines
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi.
As title, can I take TW passport and US green card to get in the Philippines without another VISA application?
Thank you for your reply.

Answer: A U.S. green card does not have any bearing on its bearer's international travel. If the Philippines requires Taiwan passport holders to secure a visa, you should get one in advance of travel.

Passport
by: Claudia

Question: Can I travel to the Dominican Republic with a green card and Cuban passport?

Answer: As long as your passport meets the Dominican Republic's requirements for Cuban passport holders, you should be okay. Your green card will have no bearing on your entry into the DR. You will only be using your green card upon re-entry into the United States.

Visiting DR
by: Anonymous

Question: My boyfriend has a Syrian passport and a US green card, can he visit the Dominican Republic?

Answer: You need to check with the Embassy of The Dominican Republic for entry requirements specific to Syrian passport holders. His green card will not have any effect on his ability to travel overseas.

Travel to Punta Cana !
by: Samir

Question: Hi. I posted about my situation (Algérien) resident legally in the USA with a green card! The Dominican Republic listed my country (Algeria) must have a visa to travel to Dominican Republic! But I found this article on the Republic Dominican website:

Who can enter the Dominican Republic with ONLY a tourist card for tourist purposes only?

Any person who can legally travel or reside in the United States, Canada and the European Union (including Great Britain) does not need a visa to visit the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes and can enter the Dominican Republic with a Tourist Card and a valid passport.

Answer: It is best that you contact the Embassy of The Dominican Republic to confirm entry requirements specific to Algerian passport holders with U.S. green cards.

Can i travel with my green card to the Dominican Republic?
by: Samir

Question: With my Algerian passport?

Answer: Your green card will have no significance for overseas travel. You need to contact the Embassy of The Dominican Republic for entry requirements specific to Algerian passport holders.

Traveling to the Philippines
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m from the Philippines and a green card holder as of now. What are the requirements to travel to the Philippines? The name on my passport is different from my green card since I got married here in the US.

Answer: Please contact the Philippine Embassy for the latest entry requirements.

As for return to the United States, please contact the CBP or the USCIS to find out if the name discrepancy between green card and passport will be an issue.

Cruise
by: Anonymous

Question: Can u go on a Bahama cruise with just a green card and driver's license?

Answer: A valid passport is required to travel outside of the United States and to get back in. Please contact the cruise line you are traveling with for travel requirements specific to your nationality.

I have a green card and unexpired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm looking to visit home in the Philippines. With all the COVID requirements aside, since I have a green card and an unexpired Philippine passport, can I visit the Philippines? Will I need a visa, go to the PH, or come back to the USA?

Answer: Since you are a Filipino citizen, you do not need a visa to travel to the Philippines. You will also need your valid Philippine passport and green card to re-enter the United States.

US territories
by: An

Question: I have a green card and I plan to apply for citizenship as soon as I can. There are some rules that I can’t leave the USA for longer than 6 months per year in order to apply for citizenship.

I am wondering if I go to US territories (Puerto Rico, Guam) for 7 months then go back to Thailand (my home) for another 3 months. They will count that I left the USA for only 3 months, right?

Answer: Technically, yes. You will only be leaving the United States for 3 months. But I recommend that you clarify this with the USCIS just to make sure you will not run into issues when you apply for citizenship.

Travel for more than a month
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. I have a green card and an updated Philippine passport to my married name. I plan to travel to the Philippines for more than a month. What documents should I prepare and will I have any problems in coming back to the US because of my long stay? Will they require me additional documents for re-entry here in the US? Thank you.

Answer: Please contact the Philippine Embassy regarding entry to the Philippines and the CBP about re-entry.

Philippines passport and a green card
by: DCY

Question: I have a Philippine passport and a green card. I am flying from LAX-CEB with a stop at Taipei on Jan 31 returning from MNL to LAX with a stop in ICN. Do I need a visa if I'm staying 35 days what other documentation will I need for the covid test? I did get vaccinated. Please help.

Answer: Since you are going home to your country, you do not need a visa. Please contact the embassies of Embassy of Taiwan and Embassy of South Korea to find out if you need transit visas.

Passport update required?
by: Anonymous

Question: I have just been granted a conditional green card, do I need to update my Philippine passport to my new name to travel outside the US?

Answer: Please contact the USCIS or the CBP regarding your concern.

How long can one stay in the Philippines with a green card?
by: Edith

Question: I'm asking for my mother who would like to visit the Philippines ahead of us and probably will stay more than 6 months to not more than one year. My husband and children plan to visit for a month and she will return to the US with us.

Answer: Hi, Edith. Your mother may stay overseas for a period of less than a year, otherwise the U.S. government will presume she has abandoned her residency. Also, she may have to apply for a re-entry permit before traveling to establish her intent to return to the United States.

Please contact the USCIS regarding re-entry permits.

What are the requirements for a minor to travel from Ph to the U.S?
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m 16 years old, and I need to move to L.A to live with my mother who is an American citizen. I have never traveled internationally, I don’t have a visa, passport, or green card yet. What do I need, and how do I get them?

Thanks!!

Answer: A passport is a basic requirement for international travel. You need to secure this first. Then you can contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila for the most updated travel requirements for Philippine passport holders.

Travel from Philippines to the U.S
by: Anonymous

Question: What are the requirements for a 16-year-old to travel alone to America, when they don’t hold a passport or visa, nor yet a green card. And how exactly must one get these essentials?

Thanks in advance!

Answer: A valid passport is a basic requirement for international travel. If the minor is a Filipino citizen, he/she must apply for a passport from the Philippine government.

Please contact the USCIS regarding other requirements.

Green card
by: Philippe

Question: I am from the U.S. Can I travel to the Philippines using my green card?? Or do I still need a passport to enter the Philippines?

Answer: You cannot use a green card as a travel document. It only serves to prove that you are a legal permanent resident of the United States. You need a valid passport to travel to any country outside of the United States including the Philippines.


Travel to the Philippines
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a U.S Permanent resident, and I am in a long-distance relationship. My girlfriend is from the Philippines. Can I travel to the Philippines as a permanent resident? How long can I stay? Do I need a US passport, and do I have to acquire a Visa?

Answer: Your permanent resident status does not have any bearing on your international travel. As a general rule, a valid passport is required to depart/re-enter the United States and board an international flight. You need to contact the Philippine Embassy for entry requirements specific to citizens of your country of origin.

Mediterranean Cruise Ports of call: Athens and Barcelona
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a green card and Philippines passport and would like to go on a Mediterranean cruise. Ports of call are Athens and Barcelona. Destinations are Santorini, Kotor Montenegro, Messina, Sicily, and Naples as well. Will I have any issues??

Answer: Please contact the embassies of the countries you are visiting for entry requirements specific to Philippine passport holders. You may also ask the cruise line you are traveling with for travel requirements.

Jordanian passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I travel to Mexico (Cancun) with a green card and Jordanian passport?

Answer: You need to contact the Mexican Embassy for entry requirements specific to Jordanian passport holders. As for your return to the United States, there should not be an issue as long as you arrive with a valid passport and green card.

US Green card holder & Philippine passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I travel to Paris, Japan, London, Thailand with just a green card and a Philippine passport?

Answer: You cannot use your green card as a travel document. Its purpose is only to prove that you are a legal permanent resident of the United States. It affords you to travel between states and U.S. territories without a passport but not travel overseas.

Each country you plan on visiting has different entry requirements specific to Philippine passport holders. You need to contact the embassy or consular office of each country you plan on visiting for these requirements. France and the United Kingdom, for example, require Philippine passport holders to secure a visa in advance of travel. You need to comply with these nationality-specific requirements before you can travel.

Travel to Puerto Rico
by: Enrique

Question: I'm from Mexico but live in the United States with a legal residency card. Am I able to travel to Puerto Rico without a passport?

Answer: Hi, Enrique. If you are traveling directly to Puerto Rico, you do not need to present a passport. However, it is recommended that you travel in possession of proof of your LPR status like your valid green card.




Can I Travel to the Dominican Republic with just a green card?
by: ALDO

Question: Hi. I am from Mexico and came to the US a couple of years ago to get married. I do NOT have a passport but have a green card. I want to go to the Dominican Republic in 6 months. Am I able to go and return back to the US on just a green card or do I need to have more paperwork? Thx for the help

Answer: You cannot travel internationally with just a green card. The purpose of your green card is to prove that you are a legal permanent resident of the United States. It cannot be used as a travel document. You still need a valid passport issued by your country of origin in order to travel outside of the United States and get back in the country.

Can I travel to Punta Cana on a green card?.
by: renata

Question: I am from Poland and live in the USA and have a green card. Can I travel to the Dominican Republic on a green card?

Answer: A green card cannot be used as a travel document. You need a valid passport issued by the government of Poland to travel internationally.

You will also need a valid passport and green card to re-enter the United States.

Travel to St Lucia and Antigua
by: Anonymous

Question: I am trying to travel to Antigua and St Lucia. My foreign passport is expired but I do have a green card. Do I need my passport to travel or am I good? Also St. Lucia said something about a visa do I need a passport AND visa for St. Lucia?

Answer: The answer on whether or not you need a visa to travel to Saint Lucia depends on what country issued your passport. You need to contact the St. Lucia foreign office to check entry requirements specific to your nationality.

Also, the purpose of a green card is to prove that you are a legal permanent resident of the United States. It cannot be used for travel. You need a valid passport for international travel.

Covid19 Protocol and Greencard Holder
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm in California, USA going home to Davao City, Philippines. I am a green card holder.

I can safely go home with a green card, right? What are the Philippines' protocol in regards to Covid19? The flights that I see available are from USA to Manila and Manila to Davao. So I have a connecting flight through Manila, what are they going to do to me during that stop over and also after I arrive at Davao?

Answer: You will need a valid passport to travel internationally. If you are concerned about re-entering the United States, you just need to make sure your passport and green card are valid upon arrival back in the United States.

The Philippines still have rising numbers in COVID-19 cases so their protocols are still very strict and may be modified without prior notice. We recommend that you contact the Philippine Embassy for information on their current protocols. You may also check their health department's web site or social media accounts for the latest updates. You may do the same with your final destination, Davao City. Their local government should also have updates on social media.


Passport expired
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I travel from New York to Miami with only my green card?

Answer: Yes. Passports are not required for domestic travel.

U.S green card
by: Bruna

Question: I’m from Brazil. I have a passport from there and I have a green card from USA, do I need a visa to go to the Philippines?

Answer: Please contact the Philippine Embassy for entry requirements specific to Brazil passport holders.

Green card
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm a permanent U.S. resident with a Thai passport. Can I go to the Philippines?

Answer: Please contact the Philippine Embassy for entry requirements specific to Thai passport holders.

Stolen passport
by: Charissa

Question: I am a US Permanent Resident with a Philippine passport. I lost my passport, green card, California ID, SS Card here in Macau. Can u give advice how can I enter US without my green card? Thank you.

Answer: You need a valid passport and green card to re-enter the United States. Please contact the CBP for advice regarding re-entry.

Under 18 Travel
by: Anonymous

Question: Can 2 of my sons travel to the Philippines? One of them is over 18 and the other is 16. Both are green card holders. What papers do they need? Should I provide a letter stating that I am allowing them to travel?

Answer: The Philippines has regulations regarding unaccompanied minors. I am not sure of the 18-year-old can be considered a companion since he is not the parent so it is best to contact the Philippine Embassy for confirmation.

Green Card and Philippine Passport expiring in 3 months
by: Anonymous

Question: Good day. Can I still travel to the Philippines and back to the U.S. without any issue? Thanks.

Answer: As long as you arrive in the United States with a valid passport and green card, there should be no issue.

Can I travel other states using my Philippine passport
by: Dobil

Question: I'm a fiancee visa holder but it is expired. Can I travel to other states even if don't have a green card (still processing) Can I travel with my Philippine passport?

Answer: Please contact the USCIS regarding your concern.

Philippine passport
by: Dine

Question: I'm a green card holder with my husband last name but my passport from the Philippines still has my maiden last name. Can I travel to my country and stay for 15 days? Should I change the last name on my passport before traveling? Please advise, thank you.

Answer: Please contact the CBP to find out if you can travel with the last name mismatch without issue.

Traveling to the Philippines
by: Anonymous

Question: If a minor travels to the Philippines and passport expires less than 3 month, will it be a problem?

Answer: It will not be a problem. U.S. citizens need only present a valid passport upon arrival in the Philippines.

Travel without passport
by: Nhan

Question: Please help. I am Vietnamese and currently living in the USA a green card. I'd like to travel abroad but my passport is expired. What can I do?

Answer: You need to renew your passport in order to travel overseas. Please contact the Embassy of Vietnam for assistance on the process.

Traveling to the Philippines
by: Anonymous

Question: I am from El Salvador but I am a resident of the United States and have my green card. Can I travel to the Philippines with my green card and my Salvadorian passport?

Answer: Please contact the Philippine Embassy for entry requirements specific to citizens of El Salvador.

Expired green card
by: TherryA

Question: Hello, can i travel from NY to Miami with my green card expired?

Answer: You should still be able to travel domestically. However, we recommend that you renew your green card soon.

Travel to Antigua
by: Anonymous

Question: Traveling from JFK to Antigua with a Trinidad passport and a green card. The green card expires a week after I return back to JFK. Is it still okay to travel with the valid green card or does it need to be valid for more than 6 months at time of travel?

Answer: You need to contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda about entry requirements specific to Trinidad passport holders.

With regard to re-entry to the United States, you should have no issues as long as you arrive with a valid passport and green card.

Permanent Resident
by: Denisse A

Question: I am currently a Mexican citizen living in the US with as permanent resident. Am I able to travel to the Philippines without a visa and only with my green card and Mexican passport? I have tried contacting the embassy but I’m getting no where. I would really appreciate the help.

Answer: Hi, Denisse. We specialize in U.S. citizen travel and have little to zero information on the Philippine's entry requirements for other foreign nationals. Please contact the Philippine Embassy or any of the Philippine Consulates located all over the United States for the information you require.

Can I travel to the UK if I have US green card and a Philippine passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: I have made travel plans to visit London, France and Italy. However, I only possess US green card. I am a holder of a Philippine passport. Do I need a visa to visit these countries? My first entry is London.

Answer: Please contact the embassies of the United Kingdom, France and Italy for entry requirements specific to Philippine passport holders.

Tourist visa?
by: Jd

Question: My husband is a Chinese citizen but is a green card holder here in the US. Does he need to apply for a tourist visa? Does he need to purchase a ticket ahead of time before applying visa? Thank you.

Answer: The answer depends on the entry requirements of the country you are visiting. Please contact that country's embassy to requirements specific to Chinese passport holders.

Green Card
by: Joshua

Question: I was wondering... if you live in California can you travel to places in California with a green card if you don’t have a passport.

Answer: Yes, you can.

Re-entry to the U.S.
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm traveling to Aruba with a green card & passport. Do I need a Visa to return to the U.S.?

Answer: There's no need for a visa. You may re-enter the United States as long as you arrive with a valid green card and passport.

Visa to Australia
by: Jhoanna

Question: Hi! My husband and I both have green cards. We have Philippine passports. Our son is a U.S. citizen with a U.S. passport. We are planning to visit our family in Australia. What do we need to do? Do we need to apply for a visa? Thank you.

Answer: Please contact the Australian Embassy for entry requirements specific to Philippine passport holders.

With regard to your son, you may apply for an Australian ETA for him.

Lost Philippine Passport and US Green Card
by: Anonymous

Question: My fiancé lost her Philippines Passport and U.S. Green Card. She’s in the Philippines right now. Can she just apply for the Transportation letter to come back to the states? Or does she need her passport as well?

Answer: A valid passport is required to board a flight and get back in the United States. Please have your fiance contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila for more information.

Green Card Holder with Zimbabwe Citizenship
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I travel to one of the following with a U.S. Green Card being a Zimbabwe citizen?

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbados, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent, & the Grenadines, Turks & Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico or Cayman Islands

Answer: You need to contact the embassy of each country in your list find out entry requirements specific to Zimbabwe passport holders.

If you are concerned about getting back in the United States, there should be no issue as long as you arrive with a valid passport and green card.

Travel
by: Singh

Question: Hi. Can I travel on a green card to Nepal without own country's passport?

Answer: No, you cannot. You need a passport to fly out of the United States to Nepal or any other country.

Green card holder to Australia
by: Luvskie

Question: I have a valid US greencard and Philippine passport, will I still need a visa to travel to Australia for two weeks and how much would the visa fee cost? Also, my father is a Australian citizen.

Answer: Please contact the Australian Embassy for information on entry requirements for Philippine passport holders.

Traveling to the Philippines
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi! I just want to make sure that I can go back to the Philippines (and the U.S.) without any hassle. My husband booked me a flight using my maiden name which matches my passport (green card is married name). Do I need to bring something else to show at my point of entry? I read some blogs and some said to just bring my marriage certificate (GC) just in case. Thank you!

Answer: You should have no issues entering the Philippines as long as your passport meets the country's requirements. If you are a Philippine passport holder, you should have no problems entering your home country.

Should there be any questions regarding the difference in the names on your passport and green card when you get back to the U.S., your marriage certificate should suffice as a link between the names.

Important question about visa
by: victoria

Question: Hello! I have really important question. I'm gonna buy the vacations in Dominican Republic. But before this I would like to know if I should get a Dominican visa. Threre is my case: I'm a permanent resident of the United Stated (I've a Green Card) and I'm living in the US, but I'm not a citizen and I don't have a Travel Passport. I'm a citizen of Republic of Belarus and I have a passport of this country. Please let me know what I have to do, because I'm so worried. Thank you in advance.

Answer: Please contact the Embassy of the Dominican Republic for answers to questions about entry requirements for citizens of Belarus.

Lost Greencard in Dominican Republic
by: miriam

Question: My brother lost his green card in the Dominican Republic what can he do to enter the US again?

Answer: Your brother should contact the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo for assistance.

Visiting UK
by: AnonymousTrudy

Question: I am English and hold a British Passport but I married in the US in 2008 I know I have to get my name changed but am waiting for my permanent residency card to come back. Once this is done, I can go to the Uk, but do I need anything to get back into the united states because a us friend went on his and they wouldn't let him back on his British passport I am visiting family its the first time I have gone back since I moved to the states so I am very confused on everything....many thanks

Answer: Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services International Travel as a Permanent Resident page.

visa to australia
by: islandorchid

Question: Hello! I want to know what kind of visa I need to obtain to travel to Australia for visit (one month). I am a Permanent Resident (Green Card) holder and my son is 2 years old and a US Citizen. Please advise me what kind of visa we both need to obtain and do I need to apply separately as my son is a US citizen and is eligible for ETA? Thank you so much.

Answer: Visit the web site of the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship for information about visas to Australia.

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