International Travel 2024

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 2023, International Travel 2022, International Travel 2021, International Travel 2020 and International Travel 2019.

In this International Travel 2024 post, the information is identical to the International Travel 2023 post. We added a new post for 2024 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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Hello! Does anyone know whether countries send you back to the USA or the country you flew in from if denied entry?

Since we’re talking about that part of the world, anyone have any luck with Sri Lanka?

I’d like to go to Vietnam- Da Nang specifically. I have an unmarked passport, and I’m not required to provide the 21-day Notice. But have a 26 y/o conviction involving a minor (did 2 years probation, no jail).

Any recommendations for how to get there? Fly into Europe then Asia? Turkey then Vietnam?

Chances of success going through 3rd country?

Thank you for any advice.

I have a conviction for lewd conduct with a minor in 1990. I was registered in California until May 2016. I moved to another country and have lived here since. My passport didn’t have the identifier because I left the US before the law went into effect. Now my passport is expiring and I need to renew. The way I read the law, I am not covered under IML because it says I must be an SO and I must currently be required to register in any jurisdiction. Since I do not live in any jurisdiction, I am not required to register. So as far as I know I don’t need to self identify. I did see an amendment that says something about it applies even if you move or live outside the US. Seems ambiguous to me. If I am not currently required to register, how can it apply? any thoughts? Angel Watch is the agency that determines if you are covered, and they go by travel notification and National SOR. I am not traveling and my name is not in any registry.

How do I turn my current unmarked passport to obtain a marked one?. Please advise

I will be relocating soon to Europe. I currently have marked passport. Can I apply for unmarked passport at local US embassy in Europe after I relocate there? Since I will be no longer living in US and not fall under IML? 

What is the definition of international travel? If you fly over a country, if you have a layover buttoned leave the plain, if you leave the coast to fish and comeback to the same port is this international travel as in the intentions of preventing unannounced residency or even entrance into another country where you can do possible harm?

Has anyone ever received any of the following notices from the U.S. government that are part of the IML law?

(i) IN GENERAL.—If the Center transmits notice under paragraph (1) of impending international travel of a child-sex offender to the country or countries of destination of the child-sex offender, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with any appropriate agency, shall make reasonable efforts to provide constructive notice through electronic or telephonic communication to the child-sex offender prior to the child-sex offender’s arrival in the country or countries.
(ii) EXCEPTION.—The requirement to provide constructive notice under clause (i) shall not apply in the case of impending international travel of a child-sex offender to the country or countries of destination of the child-sex offender if such constructive notice would conflict with an existing investigation involving the child-sex offender.

(B) SPECIFIC NOTIFICATION REGARDING RISK TO LIFE OR WELL-BEING OF OFFENDER.—If the Center has reason to believe that to transmit notice under paragraph (1) poses a risk to the life or well-being of the child-sex offender, the Center shall make reasonable efforts to provide constructive notice through electronic or telephonic communication to the child-sex offender of such risk.

(C) SPECIFIC NOTIFICATION REGARDING PROBABLE DENIAL OF ENTRY TO OFFENDER.—If the Center has reason to believe that a country of destination of the child-sex offender is highly likely to deny entry to the child-sex offender due to transmission of notice under paragraph (1), the Center shall make reasonable efforts to provide constructive notice through electronic or telephonic communication to the child-sex offender of such probable denial.”

I don’t remember anyone saying that they had ever received such notifications. Maybe once, at the very beginning of IML but not since.

BTW, here is the IML law for anyone who wants to review it:

Here’s another confusing thing, the U.S. claims that it DOES have a “National Sex Offender Registry.” Except that it really doesn’t, except by reference to the jurisdictional (state) registries: “42 USC § 16919. National Sex Offender Registry (a) Internet. The Attorney General shall maintain a national database at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for each sex offender and any other person required to register in a jurisdiction’s sex offender registry. The database shall be known as the National Sex Offender Registry.”

The word “Internet” is key, here. What they’re calling a “Registry” is actually a database that is accessible on the Web and consists entirely of state and territorial registry data. As such, it is not the “registry” itself since it doesn’t fulfill the role of “registering” or deregistering individuals which is left entirely to the states to determine and which means that only their registries matter.

It’s very sloppy thinking on their part. Even more egregious is when they pretend to exert control over all of the states, not just the SORNA-compliant ones, and demand that they conform to THEIR periods of registration and who gets what tier, etc. Anyone who didn’t know better would think that they have authority over the states in these matters when they absolutely do not. All the feds can do is to dangle some money over states’ heads in the form of grants to accept their terms and conditions of registration and enforcement and, as we have seen, most states have chosen not to take their money or abide by their demands. However, that doesn’t keep the feds from making these claims upon us and the states’ authority. This kind of b.s. is a tremendous source of confusion with people not knowing what the law is and what it is not. Complicating this are the laws which are federal but predicated upon being on a state registry, such as IML. When you’re off the state registry – the only one that matters – then you’re free of the fed’s IML regulations (but not the notifications they can send to other countries about you). But no, to answer recent concerns raised here, they have absolutely no authority to demand that you file 21-Day Travel Notifications if you’re no longer on your state’s registry. Not only is there no way to do so but they have no authority whatsoever to do so; the states have sole authority to determine their registries. What this is is the feds bullying us because they can get away with it. In their minds, we’re just a bunch of pedos whose rights no one cares about. We have to know our rights and hold our ground and stop being intimidated by them.

So my wife and I are considering making a move to Turkey and obtain our citizenship by either a business investment or real estate purchase. We do have the money to do it and are tired of the BS registry that we don’t see going away any time soon.
I’ve read several posts here from others who have visited Turkey and reported good things.
Any thoughts?

How about flying from Madrid to Mexico? (Flight from USA – Paris, train from Paris to Madrid).

Just wondering if anyone has been able to successfully apply for a resident visa in any foreign country. I’m especially interested in a retirement visa like the Portugal d7 visa but would also like to hear about any successful resident visa application.

So we boarded and left a boat only I the US but he boat did sail to international waters, we did not think this international travel but apparently the AG does and we have been fighting it. We have been doing the motions to dismiss and did we travel international was not enough to dismiss and would go to trial and an expo fact was good but derailed because we are told when you sign your probation agreement originally it also says a line about any change in sentencing we agree to is the logic and yet we were offered a misdemeanor obstruction of justice with a full one yr suspended sentence and one full year probation, this is what we may end up with if found guilty of first time offense but we would also have an automatic 10 year add on to your retry time which ends on 3 years. So will the obstruction of justice misdemeanor keep us from being able to get off the registry when we petition? And does anyone know what normal probation is like for this misdemeanor, will they try to have you lose your job and ruin your life? And if anyone has any last minute ideas to push forward with or push for dismissal we have not signed yet. Thanks for reading.

Does anyone have any experience with Royal Carribean cruises Europe? Do they screen for felonies or sex offense convictions?

A comment about if you are on a plane and stop over in a country to another country and do not leave the plane or terminal it is not an international stop. Is there a court case regarding this or some actual ruling upholding this theory? Thank you.

Has anyone been to Ireland? As a registered US citizen, that has a marked passport and has to send a 21 day notice?

A video on baggage when traveling international as well as TSA and Customs information.