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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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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.

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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