Visas, Passports, and Other Travel Documents Needed for Remote Year

24. May. 2022

Visa and Passport documents needed for Remote Year

Whether you’re traveling for one week, one month, or one year with Remote Year, you’ll need the necessary documentation and paperwork to ensure you’re able to enter each destination without a hitch! As all Remote Year travelers are responsible for securing their own visas for each destination they visit, we’ve put together this preliminary guide to outline documents you may need, helpful resources, and some frequently asked questions ahead of your trip!

Hike experience

Hike experience


Ensure you’re traveling with a valid passport that does not expire for at least six months after returning from your Remote Year travels. If you're running low on blank passport pages, it's advised to get a new passport before leaving, as some countries require you to have blank passport pages when entering.

Group staring at a view

Group staring at a view


Most countries require you to present a new visa to enter, but for many it’s not as complicated as it may seem. In some countries, depending on your passport’s origin, filing for a tourist visa is simple and can happen straight at the airport. 

As not all passports and countries are the same, we encourage you to check your home country's official travel websites before your departure. Here you’ll be able to source the most accurate information when it comes to entry, exit and visa requirements or health and vaccination regulations. 

People at the airport

People at the airport

Other Documents Needed for Travel

In addition to your passport and necessary visas, it’s advised to bring other necessary documents with you when traveling abroad. 

  • Passport Copies: Make sure to have digital and printed copies of your documentation (i.e. passports), in case you can’t locate the originals. This way if needing to get a new copy, you can contact the local embassy in the country you’re currency residing in, or connect with family members or friends back home to renew from home. 

  • Health Insurance: While we do require travel insurance on Remote Year programs, health insurance is not a requirement for travel (but heavily advised). Some health-related documentation may be required to enter certain countries' borders.

  • Covid-19 Documentation: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s wise to carry around your vaccination documentation as well as other required vaccinations like yellow fever (needed for certain countries in South America). 

  • Extra Passport Images: If your travels involve country hopping, make sure to bring extra passport-sized images to accompany your visa applications. 



Important Tools and Resources: 

Since we aren’t immigration professionals, we aren’t able to advise you on the visa process. The documents and websites linked below should not be considered as immigration or visa advice, but simply general resources for helping you navigate international travel.

  • Visa List—Data here is primarily collected from public sources like Wikipedia, embassy and national websites of different countries.

  • Passport Index—Pick your home country, and the site will tell you whether a visa is required for any other country. This is a good starting point, but it's not official government information, so it shouldn't be your only source of research.

  • Visa HQ—This online tool is similar to Passport Index, but can be used as another information source.Visa HQ will inform you if a tourist visa is required for particular countries and they will also offer to obtain visas for you. For those types of services, you can choose to obtain the visa yourself by working with an embassy or government agency, or enlist the help of our partners listed below.

  • Vietnam- Visa: check out thisVietnam Visa for Dummies Guide created by one of our Remote Year travelers. 

  • Swift Passport Services—Smaller company with dedicated care and for US residents only.

  • CIBT—Semi-global and larger company with more resources.



Beach picnic

Beach picnic

And there you have it! We hope you find these resources to be a helpful starting point when it comes to navigating visas, passports, and other travel documents ahead of your Remote Year adventure. For any further questions, please consult with an immigration professional through your Embassy or a private visa company. We can’t wait for you to join us on the road! 

Disclaimer: Each Remote Year participant is responsible for securing their own visas for each destination on their itinerary. We aren't immigration professionals, and the constantly evolving nature of visa and immigration regulations, means that it is not possible for Remote Year to advise on the visa process. Nothing above should be construed as visa advice, immigration advice, or legal advice rendered by Remote Year or anyone employed by or associate with Remote Year.The documents and websites linked above should not be considered as rendering immigration or visa advice, rather, just general resources for helping you navigate international travel. 

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