International Travel 2023

This post is intended as a place for discussions about International Travel ONLY.

For more information and previous discussions on the topic, please see International Travel 2022, International Travel 2021, International Travel 2020 and International Travel 2019.

In this International Travel 2023 post, the information is identical to the International Travel 2022 post. We added a new post for 2023 in order to keep the discussion manageable. Please help us by sticking to the topic of International Travel only.


From 2020: We have updated our main International Travel section. It features:

  1. List of Schengen Nations (allowing entry to registrants);
  2. Resources (including a CA DOJ Travel Notification Form); and
  3. User Submitted Travel Reports.

This post is linked from the Main Menu at the top of the site.

1. The 26 Schengen Nations (which allow registrants to visit)

As an agreement, Schengen was signed among the five out of ten countries of the European Union members back then, on the 14th June 1985. Under the Schengen agreement, travelling from one Schengen country to another is done without any passport and immigration controls or any other formalities previously required.

Czech republic

Note: US Citizens are visa exempt when visiting the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180 day period (List of Countries, Section B or map).  The European Commission is proposing activation of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) for such travelers, beginning sometime in 2023 – which may or may not take criminal convictions into account. ETIAS Fact Sheet April 2018July 2018

2. Resources



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My husband 2 children and I along with my MIL are traveling to Germany this September. He is worried that he will not be able to go due to RSO and restrictions. After research and proper documentation on his passport, I believe we will only have to do 21 day notice to local authorities (that he is registered to) and Germany has zero restrictions. Can anyone confirm that we will be all set and he can relax and look forward to the trip!? Thank you

Renouncing U.S. citizenship?
I found this information interesting:

The State Department vowed in January last year that it would significantly lower the fee it charges for renouncing – from $2,350 to $450 following a legal challenge. However since October there has been no news.

I had no idea that one had to pay in order to renounce one’s U.S. citizenship. 🤔🤷🏻‍♂️

Last edited 4 months ago by David⚜️

My husband was an SO in state of Texas. He finished all probation and was removed from the requirement to register in 2020. However bc we lived in Florida during that time he was required to register, he still shows up on the FL list bc apparently they never remove anyone. Last year he received his passport with no markings. He was denied entry via flight to Cancun Mexico. I’m curious if anyone knows what caused the denial -like what would have flagged him. Also interested on where we can possibly visit internationally. Last, does anyone know how closed loop cruises operate in our case? Thank you

Denied entry into Dubai yesterday and sent back on the next flight home. Direct flight from the states to Dubai with Emirates.

Could someone elaborate on the 21-day internatinoal travel notice. What is the proceedure at a local police department, etc? What if you don’t have the full schedule of travel yet (but would provide asap)? Can authorities deny you or do they just detain you? I ask because I have lived abroad since 2012 and hope to travel to the US for work for a few days, but from what I understand, I would have to get comfortable for 21 day. Anyone have any insights? Thank you

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