International Travel

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.

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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!

Accuracy Notice

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.

COVID-19 Notice

Most of the countries listed above are currently restricted or completely off-limits (as of November 15th, 2020) to ALL Americans so this list does not necessarily apply. You can check the current list of countries open to Americans HERE or HERE.

16 thoughts on “International Travel

  1. Thomas Fritz says:

    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

    ― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad / Roughing It
    ($9 at that A***** online place.)

    So IML wants people to be, what?

  2. Thomas Fritz says:

    The Scarlet Letter
    Illustrating the detrimental condition he was in, this quotation also talks about how his guilt is deteriorating his mental and physical state. However, Dimmesdale changed since “[l]ove… must always create a sunshine.” (p. 177) Because of that, it was “bright in Hester’s eyes and bright in Arthur Dimmesdale’s!” (p. 177) The transformation occurred because of a change of principles; originally, Dimmesdale was uncertain about confessing his guilt and only a shell of a man, but then Dimmesdale, who now was more than just a shell, was set on confessing after the couple decided to escape on the next boat to Europe. Not only was his personality changed, but when he came out of the forest, his principles differed significantly.
    Funny, since 1700, American’s have sought “escape” from American Puritan (accused) “Sex Crimes” by going to Europe..

    From this book, not much has changed.

    Cite: The Role Of Nature In The Scarlet Letter English Literature Essay. Retrieved from

  3. Thomas Fritz says:
    EU proposal could reopen borders to vaccinated travelers, more countries by June
    Samuel Petrequin
    Associated Press
    BRUSSELS – In an announcement sure to be welcomed by travelers worldwide, EU officials on Monday proposed easing restrictions on visiting the 27-nation bloc as vaccination campaigns across the continent gather speed.
    Travel to the EU is now extremely limited except for a handful of countries with low infection rates. But with the summer season looming, the European Commission hopes the new recommendations will help dramatically expand that list.
    “The Commission proposes to allow entry to the EU for nonessential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also all people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU-authorized vaccine,” the EU’s executive arm said.
    Coronavirus vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency, the bloc’s drug regulator, include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. The agency has not approved any vaccines from Russia or China as of yet but is looking at data for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.
    EU officials believe the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns will soon be a turning point in the fight against the deadly virus, especially within the bloc and the border-free Schengen zone. Its proposal will be discussed with member states’ ambassadors this week, and the European Commission hopes it could enter into force by June.
    EU nations also could individually decide to accept travelers immunized with vaccines listed by the World Health Organization for emergency use. The U.N. health agency has approved the same four vaccines as has the European health agency, and it is expected to make a ruling soon on China’s Sinopharm vaccine.
    Commission spokesman Adalbert Jahnz said fully vaccinated travelers coming from outside the EU should be allowed to visit Europe but insisted that the proposal’s goal is not to exempt them from testing or quarantines upon arrival.
    “This still remains very much in the hands of the member states,” he said.
    The commission also proposed raising the threshold of new coronavirus cases that is used to determine the countries from which all travel should be permitted.
    “Nonessential travel regardless of individual vaccination status is currently permitted from seven countries with a good epidemiological situation,” it said, proposing to increase the 14-day cumulative coronavirus infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants from 25 to 100.
    “This remains considerably below the current EU average, which is over 420,” it said.
    It was unclear which countries would actually make the cut, but an EU official who was not authorized to be quoted by name because the proposal has yet to be adopted said Israel would definitely be on the list.
    “The U.K., question mark; the U.S., for the time being, not quite,” he said. “But we see how quickly the situation in the U.S. is evolving, notably for the rate of vaccination.”
    In case infection rates deteriorate in a non-EU country, the commission proposed an “emergency brake” to stop dangerous virus variants from entering the bloc through quickly enacted travel limits.
    EU officials and nations are also talking about introducing COVID-19 certificates aimed at facilitating travel across the region this summer. The documents, sometimes called coronavirus passports or green certificates, would be given to EU residents who can prove they have been vaccinated or prove they have recovered from COVID-19.
    “Until the Digital Green Certificate is operational, member states should be able to accept certificates from non-EU countries,” the commission said, adding that children who are excluded from vaccination should be able to travel with their vaccinated parents if they provide a negative PCR test.
    Hungary jumped ahead of its fellow EU nations on Saturday, loosening several COVID-19 restrictions for people with government-issued immunity cards. The cards were given out to those who have had one vaccine dose or those who recovered from COVID-19.
    People with the plastic cards could enter indoor dining rooms, hotels, theaters, cinemas, spas, gyms, libraries, museums and other recreational venues in Hungary.
    The whole question of COVID-19 passports is fraught in many parts of the world, with critics saying they discriminate against people in poorer nations or younger people who do not have access to vaccines in many countries. The Hungarian government moved ahead with its own certificates because it has been inoculating its people with a variety of vaccines, including vaccines from China and Russia that have not been approved by the EMA.

    1. Christian says:

      The Philippines is being run by a psychopath that has a seriously warped sense of values. I feel for those living under this regime and expect it to only get worse. A beautiful country with beautiful people. Unfortunately headed for a cliff politically and socially.

  4. Thomas Fritz says:

    Word of warning, once again the cops screwed me on leaving this country for asylum. They filled out the forms for international travel but only the “change of address” which is not the IML form. You have to make sure you fill out and get a copy of the IML form, like from Janice’s website or one like it for your state

    1. Christian says:

      While I understand your frustration, I honestly don’t feel any one “screwed” you. Take responsibility for understanding what is needed and insure everything is completed. You can’t board a plane without a ticket , then blame the ticket counter for not handing you the ticket.
      We know the system is a mess and no one is going to assist us in our efforts, especially most government related entities. I started gathering all the information about overseas travel and immigration as soon as my probation ended. I pick the minds of those that have gone before me to be ready for any type of bump in the process.

  5. KB says:

    Hello everyone!

    Right now I am experiencing my first morning waking up in Germany.

    Federally I am tier 2 but California (with its recent adoption of a tier system) put me at tier 3. I reported my travel plans to the local police about 23 days in advance. Did everything they told me to do.

    This time going through TSA at the airport I had someone with me so we were able to stand in positions to watch the screen displays. When my driver’s license was scanned all it said was my name and verified (that the ID was real). When my passport was scanned nothing flashed up on their screen about my criminal history. When I arrived in Germany, no police were looking for me. When I got my bags and proceeded through customs, they did not ask me anything other than where I was going and the purpose of my travel.

    I had *zero* problems with this process in going straight from California to Germany.

    Now I just need to find a job. And learn German.

    1. System Administrator says:

      Congratulations KB! I’m sure that must’ve been an anxiety–driven experience for you. Now that you are finally in a first-world country, you can begin the decompression process. Walk around town, see the sights, and smell the sweet air of actual freedom. Finding a job shouldn’t be too difficult for you if you are actively seeking one. I would also highly suggest that enroll in a local language school. Every city in Germany has one and it will only cost you a few hundred euro to start. It will be well worth the money: having a basic undertanding of the language will open up so many more doors for you. Best of luck to you!

  6. Raymond says:

    Maybe the wrong place to post this question, but here go. I have some means and assets, I own my home and plan on selling after this winter. My question is this, I own a sailboat (blue water) and wish to sail it to either Germany or to Greece and use it as my temporary residence while I rebuild my life in a new country. Any idea’s on entering the county via boat? and what can I maybe expect when I do? What about Covid requirements? I am fully vaccinated. Any help in this would be a big help in deciding to either just cash out here in the US and just fly in, or to do the more challenging but rewarding trip in my sailboat.
    I appreciate everybody’s posts on this site, it is a godsend and full of very useful information. Thanks!

    1. System Administrator says:

      Hello Raymond! I saw your comment here (after I got the notification lol) and it made me want to write something too.

      From what it seems, right now, you are standing at a fork in the road. Both roads lead to the same destination. One is a direct route and perfectly straight, two things that make anyone’s life just a little better. The other is long and winding, but offers a scenic and memorable experience that only a few are blessed enough to behold.

      The answer to this dilemma ultimately depends on how you want to live your life. Do you take the easy route and just go through the motions? Or do you like challenging yourself and feeling alive? Ever since my first trip to Vietnam, I have loved to travel. Helping my dad work on his yacht and go sailing with him has made me love being more adventurous. Living in Europe will provide three lifetimes of travel and adventures. We will both experience that, because that is our destination, but only one of us has an alternate road there. No matter how you get there, Germany will still be a free country when you arrive, I guarantee it.

      So, if you and your boat are up to the challenge, then I say pack up the hold and go for it. Yours would make one hell of a story that we could make a video out of for the YouTube and Patreon sites if you are interested. Those are my thoughts. Take care Raymond.

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