Freedom of movement is the very essence of our free society — once the right to travel is curtailed, all other rights suffer.William O. Douglas (Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
International Travel Matrix
International travel is something that most folks forced to register as “sex offenders” are denied. Sometimes that’s simply because of monetary or familial issues but, honestly, it’s mostly because of a certain compelled speech issue: the passport branding component of the 2016 International Megan’s Law amendment to the Adam Walsh Act. We, here at Just Facts, along with all nation signatories of international human rights legislation (ICCPR & ICESCR), believe that it is every human’s right to travel freely both within his country and to another without impedance. This is obviously not a recognized human right for American registrants, and unfortunately Australians as well, so we offer up some assistance for what limited travel is available.
This handy guide is meant to be a tool to help you decide where to plan your next trip. Some quick points to keep in mind when checking these countries:
- Most countries that don’t require a visa for Americans will generally be much easier to enter with some notable exceptions like Australia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, or Canada.
- Airlines that fly direct to countries that rely heavily on US assistance (economic/military) will perform an NCIC lookup at the airport of departure when scanning a passport. If there’s a hit they will deny you a boarding pass if the destination country requires it – some countries have laws barring ALL felons from entering, not just “sex offenders”. So please save yourself the MAJOR hassle and do not even try.
- Islands and other colonies (mostly in the Caribbean and South Pacific) that are governed by foreign powers have similar immigration/entry requirements as their host nations. For example, Tahiti (French Polynesia) is governed by France and therefore follows French immigration policy. The governing nation is listed in () next to any such protectorate.
Many thanks to the good folks at RTAG (Registry Travel Action Group) for developing the original travel matrix. They deserve the credit for the idea and initial entries. We have expanded on the original matrix to include every country on Earth. That’s right: we’re going balls to the wall on this one and we need everyone’s help to make it the most comprehensive travel matrix in existence.
Please send us some information about any country we have incorrect data about or you may have been to, along with any stories about your trip that you’d like to share!
We work diligently and solely in good faith to keep this matrix as current as possible and, as you can see, this chart is far from complete. We sometimes make mistakes and we will update this as we get more information on country status. This chart should be used only as a guide and is not 100% guaranteed because of the constant changing of laws around the world. We can not be responsible for any inconvenience caused by incorrect information.