U.S. Green Card Holders (aka Permanent Residents of the United States of America) can travel to several countries without needing a Travel Visa. This is true regardless of your country of citizenship.

So as long as you are a US Green Card holder, there are many countries you can visit just like an American citizen with an American passport.

Green Card Visa Free Travel

The Reality is that your permanent residency status in the USA doesn’t influence your need for Visas, while your actual citizenship does. So your passport issuing country is more critical to your international traveling abilities.

If you stay in the US as a Permanent Resident, popularly known as the Green Card holder, your ability to travel to other countries without a Visa depends on which country issued your passport.

For the majority of countries, you will need to check individually whether they require a Visa from the citizens of your passport-issuing country.

Note: Green Card holders who stay out of the US for more than 1-year risk having their green card canceled by USCIS (The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). When you are traveling abroad, remember, your time out of the country must not exceed one year.

Visa Free Countries

Here is a list of countries which will let you in without a Travel Visa, regardless of your citizenship, provided that you are US Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card Holder).

Canada: Under the “good neighbor policy,” regardless of your country of citizenship, green card holders are allowed to enter Canada without a Visa.

Mexico: Under the “good neighbor policy,” regardless of your country of citizenship, green card holders are allowed to enter Mexico without a Visa.

Belize: Passport must be valid for at least six months past the end date of stay. Plus, a notarized photocopy of your green card, a completed Visa Application form, and proof of sufficient funds for your stay in Belize are necessary. With prior approval from Belizean immigration, green card holders receive a Visa upon arrival.

Costa Rica: Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the country. Plus, a green card and a round trip ticket are necessary. U.S. green card holders receive an automatic Visa upon arrival in Costa Rica. (Exception: Unfortunately, this Visa waiver does not apply to green card holders with citizenship (i.e. passport from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Syria, and Somalia.)

Bermuda: A green card is necessary when traveling to Bermuda via cruise. Passport and green card are both necessary if flying into Bermuda.

Bahamas: Passport and green card are necessary when traveling to the Bahamas.

Cayman Islands: Green card required. Green card holders can stay in the Cayman Islands for up to 30 days without a Visa.

U.S. Virgin Islands: (Not a sovereign country but a US territory). A copy of your birth certificate and a government-issued photo identification required.

Note: Anyone traveling between the U.S. and its territories (including US Virgin Islands) is not required to show a passport or green card for entry. This is because they are essentially on home soil. Same applies for Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands.

British Virgin Islands: Passport, proof of accommodations on the island, and proof of return journey required for entry; green card needed for re-entry into the U.S. Green card holders do not need a Visa to travel to the British Virgin Islands.

Dominican Republic: Passport, green card, and tourist card required. (Note: Anyone who can legally travel or reside in the U.S. does not need a Visa to travel to the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes.)

Aruba: Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and a green card is necessary. No need for a Visa to enter.

Curacao: Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and a green card is necessary. No need for a Visa to enter.

St. Maarten: Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and a green card is necessary. No need for a Visa to enter.

Bonaire: Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and a green card is necessary. No need for a Visa to enter.

St. Eustatius: Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and a green card is necessary. No need for a Visa to enter.

Saba: Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and a green card is necessary. No need for a Visa to enter.

Jamaica: Passport, green card, and round-trip tickets to the U.S. or onward tickets to another destination required. (Exception: Unfortunately, this waiver does not apply to Green Card holders who are citizens of Taiwan.)

PS: Please comment below if I am missing any other countries or territories. This list of Visa free travel is for U.S. Green Card holders regardless of their country of citizenship.

Many of you have messaged me or commented asking how you can keep track of future changes in Visa status? Well, here is the easy answer.

You can bookmark this website: VisaHQ

Just type in your citizenship, where you currently live (i.e. U.S. Green Card holder) and where you would want to visit. Online Application, Visas Requirements.

Usually, things don’t change for years or decades. When they do change, they are often excellent or awful. In other words, either your passport issuing country has made new agreements with another country or a country has severed its ties or changed its Visa rules and/or relationships with your passport issuing country.

Note: Always double check the destination country’s immigration website before booking any flights or trips. As many of our readers have rightly said, things can change, and you don’t want to be caught off-guard.

Read more: 

Visa-Free Travel for Americans: Destinations You Can Visit Without A Visa

Nepali Citizen On H1B Visa In USA: Countries You Can Visit Without Needing A Visa

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