No Passport Required: 5 Tropical U.S. Territories


If you want to travel outside of the continental U.S., but do not wish to incur the expense of a passport and visa, look no further than these U.S. territories. Because these territories technically belong to the U.S. (even though they are not states), all you need to travel there is a valid ID. Make sure your state has complied with the Real ID Act, or you will need a second form of ID. Without further ado, here are the 5 territories where no passport is required.

Puerto Rico

There is nowhere else in the world quite like Puerto Rico. In fact, you will find that this island is home to things you never dreamed could exist in North America such as a glow in the dark beach, tropical rainforest, the driest forest in the world, and so much more. Additionally, you will find that the food and drink is beyond compare.

U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Amazing vacation destinations such as St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John are perfect for beach goers and snorkelers alike. With clear, turquoise waters, balmy tropical weather, and plenty of activities, this is a vacation you will not soon forget.


Located in the Western Pacific Ocean, Guam is a tropical island known for its hospitality. Friendly locals will greet you when you arrive, and have no problem recommending one of the island’s many attractions. This little island has something for everyone including gorgeous beaches, WWII sites, shopping, dining, cruises, and so much more.

Northern Mariana Islands

The Northern Mariana Islands are made up of 14 micro islands that also located in the Pacific Ocean. The largest island, Saipan, is known for both its beaches and mountainous terrain. White sand beaches and clear aqua waters welcome sunbathers, snorkelers, and divers here. Steeped in history, there are many historical sites for history buffs. There is so much to see and do here that you will never be bored.

American Samoa

American Samoa encompasses several atolls and 5 South Pacific Islands. From beaches, to jagged mountain peaks, and even volcanoes, these islands are truly breathtaking. Let us not forget the warm, clear ocean waters, either. Culture and mystery can still be found here. Take a tour of native villages, hike in the rainforests, or explore archeological sites.

Who knew that you could see such amazing sites without a passport? Although you technically never leave the safety of U.S. jurisdiction, these territories will leave you feeling worlds away from your home.