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If you are planning to travel through Europe, you should be familiar with the requirements of the Schengen Borders Agreement. The Schengen Borders Agreement created Europe's border-free Schengen area, where anyone legally present in the European Union (such as tourists, exchange students, or individuals visiting for business purposes) are guaranteed free movement within the Schengen area without being subject to internal border checks. The Schengen Borders Agreement permits citizens from certain countries - including the United States - to travel freely within the Schengen area for up to 90 days for tourism or business. Today, the Schengen area encompasses most countries in Europe, and also includes four non-EU states: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. We recommend the following:

  • Have at least six-month’s validity remaining on your passport book at the time of entry into the Schengen area.
  • Check the expiration date on your passport book carefully before traveling to Europe – especially minors’ passports, which are valid for five years, not 10 years like those issued to U.S. citizen adults age 16 and older.
  • Carry your passport book when traveling to another country in the Schengen area. Even if there is no border check at that time, officials may reinstate border controls without notice.

You can find passport validity requirements for your destination country, along with other important information, on our  country pages . If your passport does not meet the Schengen requirements, you may be:

  • Refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes. 
  • Denied entry when you arrive in the Schengen area, regardless of how long you will stay.

An immigration official will determine if you qualify for visa-free entry to the Schengen area when you first cross any external Schengen border and present your passport. The officer may bar your entry if you do not qualify.

You should also check passport validity requirements if traveling onward from the Schengen area to a country outside the Schengen area in our country pages .

  • With a valid U.S. passport book, you can stay up to 90 days for tourism or business during any 180-day period. You must wait an additional 90 days before applying to re-enter the Schengen area.
  • If you plan to stay in the Schengen area longer than three months, contact the embassy of the country where you plan to spend the majority of your time to apply for a visa. 

Schengen area countries may reinstate temporary internal or external border control without advanced notice. U.S. citizens should carry their U.S. passport book at all times when entering or leaving the Schengen area and when traveling between Schengen countries. For additional information on traveling to and within the Schengen area, see our FAQ below.

What is the Schengen Borders Agreement?

The  Schengen Borders Agreement  permits citizens from certain countries - including the United States - to travel freely within the Schengen area for up to 90 days for tourism or business.  

As a U.S. citizen, how long can I stay in the Schengen area without a visa?

With a valid U.S. passport, you can stay up to 90 days for tourism or business during any 180-day period. Do not overstay!  You must wait an additional 90 days before applying to re-enter the Schengen area.

To stay longer than 90 days, you must have a visa. Apply for a visa through the  embassy  of the country where you will spend most of your time.

What do I need to enter the Schengen area?

  • A U.S. passport book (with applicable visas, if needed), with at least six-month’s validity remaining at the time of entry into the Schengen area.  
  • Sufficient passport validity for each  country  you will visit. 
  • Justifiable purpose of travel.
  • Proof of sufficient financial resources for the visit.
  • Compliance with other  entry requirements  for each country you will visit or transit. 

What do I need when traveling to Schengen countries?

  • Make sure your passport has sufficient validity or  renew it  before traveling.
  • Carry your passport book with you when traveling to other countries in the Schengen area in case officials reinstate internal borders without notice.

Does the Schengen Borders Agreement apply to students, interns, or workers?

  • Check with the  embassy  of the country before you travel to determine if it requires a visa for the type of activity you wish to pursue.
  • If you DO need a visa, wait until you receive it before traveling to any country in the Schengen area. 

How can the U.S. government help me if border officials do not let me enter?

  • We can give you the contact information of  foreign embassies  of the countries you wish to visit.
  • We can provide information about hiring an  English-speaking foreign attorney  overseas if you choose to do so.
  • Note: We cannot influence a foreign government’s decision about allowing you to enter, and we cannot intervene in another country’s criminal or administrative procedures. 

What countries are members of the Schengen Borders Agreement?

Click on the country name for more information.

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The pandemic has created a whole new checklist of what you should bring on your trip. Here’s the essential paperwork you need to have in your bag.

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By Lauren Sloss

While international travel is not impossible this holiday season, particularly if you’re vaccinated, the rise of the Omicron variant promises to make it much more complicated .

Assuming you are traveling to a country open to nonessential travel, the vaccine and testing documentation required for entry could range from nothing (Mexico) to detailed and numerous (Norway, and many others). Before booking, you can research online what you’ll need — on a running list from The New York Times here , or the websites of various airlines, the C.D.C ., the U.S. State Department or that of your destination’s government — but be prepared to recheck requirements in the days leading up to your departure, in case rules have changed.

Here are the types of documentation that many destinations now require from U.S. travelers. As in prepandemic times, make physical copies of everything and if you have digital versions, organize them in an accessible place on your phone. Keep them handy, too, as you will be asked for your documents multiple times during your journey.

Proof of vaccination

No matter your destination, no matter what requirements it has for proving you are vaccinated against the coronavirus, it’s smart to bring your physical, C.D.C.-issued vaccine card with you, along with digital photos of your card and paper photocopies. You might not need it — be sure to store it safely — but don’t assume that a U.S.-based digital passport or QR code is acceptable. For example, your physical C.D.C. card will be accepted in France and the United Kingdom; the latter, however, also accepts certain state-issued digital health apps for entry , like California’s Vaccine Record and New York’s Excelsior Pass . And remember to check what vaccines are accepted at your destination.

A completed locator form

Some destinations, including the United Kingdom and certain European Union countries , require travelers to complete a digital passenger locator form before entering the country (you must submit the U.K. form in the 48 hours before you arrive in the country), to help with contact tracing. In addition to your travel information, vaccination status and contact information, the form may ask for your address in the country, and, in the U.K, confirmation of scheduled coronavirus tests that you need to take after arrival. With its locator form, Croatia asks for proof of paid accommodation, and if you’re traveling to Canada, you will need to download and submit information using the ArriveCan mobile app within 72 hours before your arrival.

Coronavirus test results

More countries now require proof of a negative test, often in addition to proof of vaccination. Depending on where you are going, some countries require P.C.R. tests, while others allow rapid antigen tests. The timing requirement of your test might ask for results between 24 or 72 hours before your arrival, or one to three days. Take Croatia again: The country requires a negative P.C.R. test taken within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test within 48; if you have neither, you’ll be required to test upon arrival at your own cost and quarantine until you receive negative results. Rules for unvaccinated children vary widely by country and age, too — when entering Denmark , fully vaccinated adults or children under 16 do not need proof of a negative test, while 16- and 17-year-olds must have proof of a negative test to enter. Again, have the results in both digital and physical form.

Mask mandates too vary by country and maybe localities, but you will most certainly need masks in airports, on your flight — and if you are going to most places in Europe and the U.K. , for indoor activities like dining. And rather than hoping your cloth mask will have you covered, come prepared with surgical masks and N95s as well. For example, you need N95s,KN95s or FFP2 to ride public transport in Germany .

Proof of insurance

Not only is it a good idea to check your health-insurance policies if you get sick abroad, you should research whether proof of health or travel insurance is needed at your destination. While Egypt , Jordan and many Caribbean nations require proof of health insurance, travelers to Chile , in addition to proof of vaccination and a negative test, must also show “proof of travel medical insurance that covers at least $30,000.” For unvaccinated travelers, Costa Rica requires insurance that covers any Covid-related costs, including but not exclusive to illness.

With minors, proof of relationship

If you are traveling with children, particularly as a single parent or if your child will be traveling with other relatives, Erika Richter, director of communications of the American Society of Travel Advisors, strongly recommends having a child consent form and a proof of relationship, like a birth certificate or court document, in addition to the child’s passport.

Speaking of passports …

Confirm that your passport and any required visas are valid. “Your passport should have an expiration date of at least six months from your return date,” said Alexis Bowen, a co-founder of the travel company elsewhere .

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New requirements for Americans traveling to Europe postponed until 2025

Visitors who now travel visa-free will need to get approval prior to departure.

Americans eyed upcoming travel to European destinations slightly differently due to news of a requirement that was set to start in 2024 for U.S. passport holders. But now, EU officials have postponed the European Travel Information and Authorisation System ( ETIAS ) launch until spring of 2025.

SchengenVisaInfo.com, a website dedicated to the world's largest visa-free zone where 27 European countries abolished their internal borders known as the Schengen Area, first reported that an EU official confirmed ETIAS won't go live until May 2025, "due to continued delays with the introduction of the related Entry-Exit System (EES), which needs to be operational before ETIAS can be implemented."

An official for the European Union did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

What to know about ETIAS for US travelers

If you previously traveled to Europe without a visa, you will now need to apply for authorization through the ETIAS , before visiting.

PHOTO: Tourists with umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun at Colosseo area (Colosseum), during the ongoing heat wave with temperatures reaching 40 degrees, on July 19, 2023, in Rome.

Today, American travelers have visa-free access to 184 global destinations, according to the Henley Passport Index . And while the U.S. passport is currently ranked eighth-most powerful passport to own, that could be set to shift when the European Union adds its new documentation requirements for U.S. visitors.

The application form, which will be available on the official ETIAS website as well as a mobile application, has a fee of 7 euros or $7.79 U.S. dollars. All communication is done by email.

Once you are approved for travel, the authorization entitles visitors to stay in European countries that require ETIAS for up to 90 days within any 180-day period and travelers must be in possession of a valid ETIAS during their entire stay.

MORE: New warning issued for rebooking air travel after delays, cancellations

According to ETIAS, most applications should be processed within minutes, but in case an application takes longer, decisions will be sent within four days or up to 14 days if the applicant is asked to provide additional documentation.

The European Union encourages travelers to apply for an ETIAS authorization "well in advance of your planned journey."

Confirmation of application submission will be sent on email with a unique number that is needed for future reference.

PHOTO: In this undated file photo, a tourist visa is stamped on a passport.

Upon receiving ETIAS travel authorization, travelers are to ensure that their name, passport number and other information is correct because any mistake will prevent them from crossing the border.

If an application is refused, the email will include the reasons for the decision along with information about how to appeal.

ETIAS travel authorization is valid for three years, according to the EU, or until the travel document you used in your application expires, whichever comes first.

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The ETIAS authorization is linked to a person's travel document -- such as a U.S. passport -- and both documents will be needed to board a flight, bus or ship to enter any of the European countries that require ETIAS.

Similar to international border requirements with a passport, the ETIAS authorization doesn't guarantee automatic right of entry. "Border guards will verify that you meet the entry conditions" and anyone who does not meet the conditions "will be refused entry," according to the EU.

Click here to learn more about the process from the European Union.

An earlier version of this story was originally published on July 21, 2023.

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Travelling in the EU

Your rights & eu rules.

As an EU national, you enjoy the right of free movement. This means you’re entitled to travel, work and live in another EU country. If you’re a citizen of a Schengen country  – which is most EU countries – you’re also free to travel to other Schengen countries without the need for border checks.

As an EU national, you can also benefit from EU-wide passenger rights for travel into, out of or within the EU by air, rail, bus/coach or ship. You can travel with pets and other animals in the EU provided you comply with the rules (pet passports). There are EU limits on taking alcohol, tobacco or cash with you to another EU country. Each EU country can set its own limits or restrictions, so check before you go.

Travelling to or within the EU? Follow the links below to check which documents you need to take.

Documents you need to travel in the EU

Information on travel documents needed by EU nationals, non-EU national family members, non-EU nationals and children when entering the EU or travelling across it. Find out what to do if you lose your passport or it expires when travelling in the EU.

Public Register of Authentic travel and identity Documents Online (PRADO)

View authorised travel and identity documents issued by EU countries and Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Schengen – ID-free travel zone

What is it.

The Schengen area is a travel zone without borders between the 27 Schengen countries. It allows EU nationals and many non-EU nationals to travel freely without border checks. Since 1985, it’s kept growing, and now covers almost all EU countries and a few non-EU countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland). It guarantees free movement to more than 400 million EU nationals.

Any person, irrespective of nationality, can travel between Schengen countries without going through border checks. However, national authorities can carry out police checks at borders between these countries and in border areas.

Having abolished their internal borders, Schengen countries have also tightened controls at their common external borders on the basis of Schengen rules to ensure the security of those living or travelling in the Schengen area.

See all the Schengen countries

Common visa policy

The common visa policy enables non-EU visitors to make transit or short stays to the Schengen area. A short-stay visa issued by one of the Schengen countries generally entitles them to travel through all Schengen countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

In practice, this means that if you’re cleared to enter one Schengen country, you can travel to any of the other Schengen countries without having to show your travel document again.

Follow the links below for more information about your rights when travelling in the EU.

What can you take with you?

Information on what you can take with you when travelling in the EU, including pets, food, alcohol, tobacco and cash. Find out the luggage restrictions when flying from an airport in the EU and which EU countries use the euro.

Air passenger rights

Information on where and when EU air passenger rights apply and how to make a complaint. Find out who to contact if you need help or advice with your claim.

Assistance for travellers with disabilities or reduced mobility

Information on your rights if you’re travelling in the EU with a disability or reduced mobility. See if you’re entitled to an EU disabled parking permit.

Further information

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Travelling to the EU and Schengen area

You do not need a visa for short trips to the EU or countries in the Schengen area if both of the following apply:

  • you’re staying for 90 days or less in a 180-day period
  • you’re visiting as a tourist or for certain other reasons

Other reasons include:

  • studying a short course
  • getting medical treatment
  • travelling for business for your UK employer, for example to attend a business meeting or conference
  • journalism or other media activities

Check the entry requirements of the country you’re visiting to find out what you can and cannot do during your stay.

These rules do not apply to travelling and working in Ireland .

Travelling to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180-day period

You can travel to more than one country in a 180-day period. How long you can stay in each country depends on whether or not it’s in the Schengen area.

The countries in the Schengen area are:

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Your total stay in the Schengen area must be no more than 90 days in every 180 days. It does not matter how many countries you visit. The 180-day period keeps ‘rolling’.

To work out if your stay is within the 90 day limit, use the following steps.

Check the date you plan to leave the Schengen area on your next trip.

Count back 180 days from that date to get the start of the 180-day period.

Add up the number of days you have already spent in the Schengen area in that 180-day period (you can use the dates stamped in your passport showing when you entered and left a country).

Work out how many days you will spend in the Schengen area on your next trip. Add this number to the number of days you worked out in step 3.

Check that the total number of days is not more than 90.

Travelling to EU countries that are not in the Schengen area

Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania are not in the Schengen area. You can stay up to 90 days in a 180-day period in each of these countries without a visa.

Any time you spend in the Schengen area does not affect the number of days you can spend in these countries.

When you may need a visa

​​You may need a visa or permit if you want to either:

  • stay for more than 90 days

If you’re travelling for work, check the rules for the country you’re visiting .

If you’re travelling for another reason or staying longer than 90 days, check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting .

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New requirements for Americans traveling to Europe postponed until 2025

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Americans eyed upcoming travel to European destinations slightly differently due to news of a requirement that was set to start in 2024 for U.S. passport holders. But now, EU officials have postponed the European Travel Information and Authorisation System ( ETIAS ) launch until spring of 2025.

SchengenVisaInfo.com, a website dedicated to the world's largest visa-free zone where 27 European countries abolished their internal borders known as the Schengen Area, first reported that an EU official confirmed ETIAS won't go live until May 2025, "due to continued delays with the introduction of the related Entry-Exit System (EES), which needs to be operational before ETIAS can be implemented."

An official for the European Union did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

What to know about ETIAS for US travelers

If you previously traveled to Europe without a visa, you will now need to apply for authorization through the ETIAS , before visiting.

travel documents in europe

Today, American travelers have visa-free access to 184 global destinations, according to the Henley Passport Index . And while the U.S. passport is currently ranked eighth-most powerful passport to own, that could be set to shift when the European Union adds its new documentation requirements for U.S. visitors.

The application form, which will be available on the official ETIAS website as well as a mobile application, has a fee of 7 euros or $7.79 U.S. dollars. All communication is done by email.

Once you are approved for travel, the authorization entitles visitors to stay in European countries that require ETIAS for up to 90 days within any 180-day period and travelers must be in possession of a valid ETIAS during their entire stay.

MORE: New warning issued for rebooking air travel after delays, cancellations

According to ETIAS, most applications should be processed within minutes, but in case an application takes longer, decisions will be sent within four days or up to 14 days if the applicant is asked to provide additional documentation.

The European Union encourages travelers to apply for an ETIAS authorization "well in advance of your planned journey."

Confirmation of application submission will be sent on email with a unique number that is needed for future reference.

travel documents in europe

Upon receiving ETIAS travel authorization, travelers are to ensure that their name, passport number and other information is correct because any mistake will prevent them from crossing the border.

If an application is refused, the email will include the reasons for the decision along with information about how to appeal.

ETIAS travel authorization is valid for three years, according to the EU, or until the travel document you used in your application expires, whichever comes first.

MORE: European heat wave breaking records with little relief in sight

The ETIAS authorization is linked to a person's travel document -- such as a U.S. passport -- and both documents will be needed to board a flight, bus or ship to enter any of the European countries that require ETIAS.

Similar to international border requirements with a passport, the ETIAS authorization doesn't guarantee automatic right of entry. "Border guards will verify that you meet the entry conditions" and anyone who does not meet the conditions "will be refused entry," according to the EU.

Click here to learn more about the process from the European Union.

An earlier version of this story was originally published on July 21, 2023.

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Canadians travelling to Europe in 2024 will need a permit to enter some countries

Canadians eyeing a trip to certain European countries next year will need to obtain a permit first.

Starting in 2024, Canadian travellers seeking a short-term visit to 30 countries including France, Switzerland, Spain and Greece must apply to the European Travel Information and Authorisation System.

The permit costs 7 euros, or about $10.25, and can be obtained on the ETIAS website or mobile app.

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It allows travellers to visit for up to 90 days within any 180-day period and is valid for three years, or until the passport used in the application expires.

In addition to Canada, the new rules will apply to nearly 60 countries including the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.

Travellers younger than 18 and older than 70 years are exempt from payment, as are family members of EU citizens or of non-EU nationals who can move freely in the European Union.

The official website of the European Union urges would-be visitors to apply for authorization well in advance of a planned trip, and before booking a plane ticket or hotel.

Canadian travellers to most of Europe are currently exempt from needing a visa and only require a valid passport for short stays.

European countries requiring ETIAS also include Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia.

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10 Essential Tips For Backpacking Through Europe

B ackpacking Europe is one of those dreamy scenarios many of us long for, even if the idea sounds intimidating. So long as you plan out the more logistical elements on a backpacking journey , though, it doesn't have to be as scary as it sounds. Backpacking is a freeing and fascinating way to see a place as varied and easily transited as Europe.

Traversing Europe with a big backpack is the best way to see several parts — popular and hidden gems combined — of the continent in one trip. That's largely because you won't have to pull or lug a roller bag across the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh or try to carry a giant checked bag up the stairs or hills of Rome. Once you eliminate the traveler's baggage, you open yourself up to a much simpler trip, especially if you plan on taking public transit or budget airlines along the way.

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Keep Your Frame In Mind When Buying A Backpack

The key to a good backpacking trip is the backpack itself. Osprey , for example, makes incredible packs for long-haul adventures with back supports, day packs that clip onto the larger bags, and lots of storage for everything you'll need. However, backpacks are made differently, and not every pack will be right for your body structure or stature. For example, if you have a petite frame or a short torso, smaller sizes might serve you better. Men with smaller frames have even found women's backpacking packs comfortable.

Backpacking bags also come in different volume sizes, so it's important to recognize how much you can feasibly carry on your back. These liter differentiations will also alert you to whether or not the bag will be accepted on certain airlines or train lines. When ordering a pack, you can also utilize size charts to help make the process easier. This is a vital planning piece for folks with wide hips or large chests. It might not matter to you if you can't use the chest clip for extra support, but if you want to use it, you must measure and order correctly.

Make Your Important Documents Accessible

One danger of backpacking is that your bag can become a black hole. The last thing you need is to lose your passport or visa papers in the vast expanse of your bag. A solid way to avoid this is to pack your bag with important documents tucked away in an easily accessible pocket or at the top of your pack. You could also keep them in your day pack, which is often easiest to wear on the front of your body so you can grab them quickly without taking off your backpack . It looks silly, but it takes some of the load off your back and balances you out.

A secondary safekeeping option includes having digital copies on your phone or stored through a secure cloud service. This doesn't replace needing your documents on your person while you travel, though it may serve in a pinch if you lose those and your backup hard copies.

Measure Twice

When buying a traveling pack, make sure its dimensions are suitable for the airlines or other transportation options you plan on taking. That said, it's imperative to measure twice anyway — once when the pack is empty and again when it is filled. Just because it will fit in the bag checker for Ryanair when it's empty doesn't mean a fully stuffed bag will fit when you're trying to board. Save yourself some money and always measure twice.

If your bag exceeds the dimension limits, there are a few things you can do. You can either unload a few extraneous items or repack the bag. By rearranging and fitting items more tightly (rolled clothes are the way to go), you can change how your stuff sits in the bag. This can help morph the dimensions of the pack in a way that could make it fit the parameters of your transportation of choice.

Travel During The Shoulder Or Off-Season

Ordinarily, folks like to backpack Europe because getting around is easier, but they tend to do it also for budgetary reasons. Traveling during peak tourist season often presents better weather, which comes with increased prices. Backpacking in the dead of summer can also be much more challenging when sweat-drenched. While washing your clothes is a reasonable task when backpacking, it can be harder to properly de-stink your pack. If you're schlepping a giant bag through 100-degree weather in Greece, your backpack will smell terrible.

But journeying during the shoulder, mid-season, or off-season means saving money and not navigating overly crowded streets with a giant backpack. Besides avoiding crowds, touring during the off-season helps to prevent high humidity and sweltering days. And though backpacking Europe in summer is the rom-com trope, you'll generally be a lot more comfortable, even though it might be a bit rainy or colder.

Here's the thing about backpacking Europe: it's not for overpackers. You need to pack light, minimally, and with intention, and your back will thank you. It's all about selecting versatile pieces — like a beach cover-up that could also be used as part of an outfit, and understanding that you can do laundry while you travel. This also serves as a terrific opportunity to practice your packing skills and explore travel-friendly products, like soap sheets instead of liquid body wash.

Another way to keep things light is to pack exactly what you need with your schedule in mind. So, perhaps, pack five pairs of underwear and wash them as you go or every four days. Give your clothes the same treatment, like two pairs of pants, a few shirts, and at least one or two top layers like a cardigan. You can also wear things that will otherwise weigh you down as you travel. For example, wearing your hiking shoes instead of carrying them will reduce your load by at least 2 to 3 pounds.

Choose The Accommodations You Want, Not Those That Fit The Norm

Just because the notion of backpacking often elicits thoughts of hostels doesn't mean you have to stay in one. If you prefer hotels, that's great, but if you'd rather mix various lodging types — micro hotels, hostels, homestays, and traditional hotels — go for it. You can even save money if you aren't staying in a 12-person dormitory-style hostel. Hostels aren't always the cheapest option anymore, especially if you are planning a trip at the last minute.

Plus, like bed and breakfasts, some hostels include a very extrovert-friendly environment, which you might not like. That can be avoided if you find a hostel with private rooms, but it's okay to look elsewhere if you want to spend time on your own or just with your travel companions. If the thought of walking into a luxury hotel with a massive backpack makes you feel out of place, think nothing of it. You don't need a Louis Vuitton trunk to stay somewhere nice; own your dedication to traveling light.

Always Be Aware

Unfortunately, your massive backpack will be a dead giveaway that you're a tourist no matter where you go. That makes you a prime target for thieves, and given the size of your pack, you may not notice if someone slices into it while walking by and takes something. That's why it's crucial to be aware of your surroundings and keep valuables in inaccessible spots. Even the best backpacking bags aren't necessarily knife-proof.

Since you can't see everything at all times, it's best to keep your most important items like money and passport in an interior pocket that will be harder for a thief to access. Alternatively, consider a pouch for your bag if you don't have appropriately sized built-in pockets for your valuables. You can also use RFID wallets to prevent digital theft of your credit or debit card numbers to further protect yourself. With these safeguards, you can backpack through Europe in peace. 

Try To Arrive At A New Place In The Daytime

Depending on your location in Europe, public transportation can sometimes have wonky hours; fortunately, it is easier to get around on foot during the daytime. So, strive to reach a new destination during the day, and you'll have time to orient yourself and get where you need to go more efficiently. Taking this advice also helps delay any riffraff that might crop up at night. That isn't to say that pickpockets and thieves don't operate during the day — daylight helps protect you from them; they tend to work more efficiently at night when there are fewer people and less light to give them away.

But since life always throws curveballs, be vigilant when you get somewhere after dark, particularly in the late night hours. While it might be pricier than taking public transportation, sometimes taking a cab or Uber to your hotel is enough to make you feel more secure in your new destination.

Plan For Similar Climates

Logistically, it's important to plan a backpacking trip that ideally involves similar outfit types. If the places you are visiting have identical temperatures and weather, you won't have to worry about packing lots of different clothing items. Yes, that means you'll have many photos of yourself wearing the same outfits in different places, but that's just one of the cons of backpacking.

Planning to visit countries with similar climates also makes the travel portion of your trip less complicated. If you aren't traversing the entire continent during your backpacking journey, you will save a lot of commuting time and the hassle of juggling wildly different microclimates. This planning step will be easier in the summer since the temperatures across the continent vary much less than during the colder months. That's especially true for places like Norway, Iceland, Finland, and other countries known for getting much colder.

Leave Some Room For Souvenirs

Chances are, you'll want to buy something somewhere along the way. If you're on the go for weeks at a time, there's bound to be an item or two that catches your eye. So leave a little bit of room for a souvenir you'll find along the way. While you could always ship something home, it's expensive and could easily get lost.

One of the best ways to pack with a plan is to select items you'll use up along the way. From soap sheets for laundry and toothpaste tabs to snacks and travel-friendly products, these create a little more space in your pack as you go. If you want to really go for the ultimate space-making hack, you can also pack old socks and underwear that may need to be thrown out at some point on your trip. An odd tip, yes. But trust that it's a good standby.

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10 Best Passport Holders, According to Travel Enthusiasts

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If there’s one item that you need to keep in excellent condition while traveling (and not forget!), it’s your passport. A passport holder can not only make it easier to keep essential documents in one place, but it can also prevent damage from a nasty spill or other accidents.

Our top picks:

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Best Overall Passport Holder

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Best Value Passport Holder

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Best Luxury Passport Holder

Tumi zip-around passport case.

Valante Premium Family Travel Document Organizer

Best Family Passport Holder

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Best Minimalist Passport Holder

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Best Passport Holder for Travel Enthusiasts

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Best Leather Passport Holder

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Best Cute Passport Holder

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Best RFID Passport Holder

Bellroy travel wallet.

The style experts and travel enthusiasts at the Good Housekeeping Institute test all types of travel gear , from the most comfortable travel shoes to top-rated suitcases , packing cubes and more. When selecting the best passport holders, we reviewed popular picks online for features like materials, number of card pockets and design. According to our travel pros, these are the best passport holders to bring with you on your next flight.

Stylish, affordable and available in tons of fun colors , you don't want to forget this chic passport holder on your next trip. Not only is it under $10, but we love that it has enough room for your passport as well as a few credit cards and a small pen. It even features a handy snap button closure to keep everything together as you race through the airport. Just keep in mind that it's made of PU leather (or faux leather), which helps keep the cost so low.

Leave your wallet back at home and bring this travel wallet on your next vacation instead. In addition to its great price, it’s made of a super lightweight, waterproof nylon material and comes with enough slots for multiple passports, credit cards, IDs, zippered pockets for coins and a removable keychain. It’s also available in lots of colors so you can choose the one that suits your style. According to the brand, it features RFID-blocking to prevent thieves from stealing your personal information.

TUMI is known for its high-quality luggage and travel backpacks , and you should expect no less from this leather passport case. Unlike other picks on this list, it features a zipper so travel essentials will remain fully protected inside , and there’s room for six cards as well as some cash, an ID and more. While colors are limited, we like that it comes in a classic black, a pretty rose and a fun moonlight ombre shade.

There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a foreign destination because you can’t find your passport, which is why our pros think all families should own this family-sized passport holder. It’s made of water-resistant polyester to keep documents safe, and it has enough room for six passports as well as plane tickets, cash and even a phone ! That’s 21 pockets total, and everything in one place. It also comes with a wristlet and cross-body straps so you can have it on you at all times.

Away carry-ons are a favorite among our Lab experts, so why not get a matching passport wallet from the brand? Though the four color options are a bit limited, we like the leather look and that you can customize it with your initials . We also appreciate that each wallet features an exterior slip pocket that makes it easy to access your passport as you reach security, as well as four card slots for IDs, credit cards and more.

For those who have a case of the travel bug or serious wanderlust, this passport holder is a must. For under $20, you can choose among several travel-themed prints and designs . Each holder comes with a book pocket for your passport, two credit card slots and space for your boarding pass. We appreciate its slim look that has just enough room for essentials without feeling too bulky.

Simple yet stylish, this passport holder comes in lovely shades of green, pink or gold so you can easily find it in your purse . While the leather design means it’s a bit more expensive, our travel enthusiasts love the “passport” print on the front and appreciate that it doesn’t include slip pockets like other travel wallets — that way, you can keep using your original wallet and leave your passport back at the hotel.

We’re obsessed with this inconspicuous, versatile passport holder that looks like an envelope . Available in several classic shades and made of full-grain leather, you can squeeze both your passport and your travel partner's documents inside. You can also keep using it after your trip to store postcards you brought back, receipts and other loose paper. We love that it features a hidden snap in the front so everything stays together, and that the envelope is more expandable than other passport holders.

Just looking at the cute print of this passport holder makes our editors want to hop on a plane. Featuring designs of the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and other famous destinations around the globe, it has enough room to protect your passport and plane tickets thanks to two slip pockets. Plus, you can get this matching luggage tag along with it.

RFID-blocking helps protect documents like your passport or credit card from being read and duplicated by thieves , which is just one reason why you should invest in this RFID-blocking wallet from Bellroy. It has space for your passport along with four easy-to-access card slots (plus three more) and a hidden slip for cash. There’s even a spot to store international SIM cards and ejector pins. We love that it’s made of high-quality leather, making it a great wallet to use during business travel, vacations and even back home.

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Ukraine-Russia war latest: Putin opponent vanishes - and UK 'deeply concerned' for him

The British-Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza has disappeared from a penal colony - and Lord Cameron has called on Moscow to reveal his location to his lawyers.

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  • British-Russian dissident disappears from penal colony | UK 'deeply concerned'
  • Hungary signals it could compromise on aid for Ukraine
  • Russia claims it has taken control of Kharkiv village
  • Kremlin continues efforts to destabilise Moldova

That's it for our live coverage today, but before you go, here is a quick recap of the key developments.

Missing prisoner: David Cameron said he was "deeply concerned" after the disappearance of a British-Russian dissident from a Siberian penal colony, and called on Moscow to reveal the man's location to his lawyers.

Kharkiv battles: Ukraine denied Moscow's claims that its forces took control of the village of Tabaivka in Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region.

Defence corruption: Employees from a Ukrainian arms firm conspired with defence ministry officials to embezzle more than £31m earmarked to buy 100,000 mortar shells, the Ukrainian security service said.

World Court: The International Court of Justice announced it will decide whether it shall hear a case brought by Ukraine accusing Russia of violating international law on Friday.

'Civilian deaths': The Russian-installed mayor of Donetsk reported at least three civilians were killed in a rocket strike. 

European Union envoys have agreed unanimously to set aside billions of euros of windfall profits from Russian central bank assets frozen in Europe.

Ambassadors of the 27 EU countries agreed in principle the first step of a plan to help fund Ukraine reconstruction after Russia's invasion, according to a source from Belgium. 

The text will undergo legal and language checks before the ambassadors will have the chance formally to adopt it.

The European Commission would then be expected to propose transferring the money set aside to the EU budget and subsequently to Kyiv, though it is unclear when it would arrive in Ukraine. 

France and Germany have already voiced reservations about the plan, while the European Central Bank has warned it could undermine confidence in the euro and unsettle global markets.

The EU, United States, Japan and Canada froze some $300bn of Russian central bank assets in 2022. About $200bn of that is held in Europe, mainly in the Belgian clearing house Euroclear. 

By  Deborah Haynes , security and defence editor

Ukraine would win the war faster if it had permission to fire British and other Western weapons against targets deep inside Russia, the head of the Ukrainian navy has indicated.

Vice Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa told Sky News the course of the entire conflict would have been very different had Ukrainian forces been allowed to use Western munitions without restrictions from the very beginning.

In a wide-ranging interview, the Ukrainian commander also said his navy would gladly take charge of two British warships the Royal Navy which reportedly may have to retire early because of a shortage of sailors.

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Lord Cameron has called on Moscow to reveal the location of a Russian-British dissident who disappeared from his penal colony to his lawyers.

The UK foreign secretary pledged to meet with Vladimir Kara-Murza's wife, Evgenia, who said her husband was taken from a Siberian penal colony and his whereabouts were unknown.

Family and friends of Mr Kara-Murza urged Lord Cameron to act earlier today.

Now the foreign secretary has posted on X: "Russia must urgently provide Vladimir Kara-Murza's lawyers with his whereabouts, following reports that he has been moved from Omsk to an unknown location.

"I'm deeply concerned for Mr Kara-Murza - a British national imprisoned in Russia for speaking out against the invasion of Ukraine. I stand with his wife and plan to meet her soon."

Mr Kara-Murza, who suffers from a nerve disorder after surviving two poison attacks, was jailed for 25 years last April for treason and spreading "false information" about the Russian war in Ukraine. 

He denied the charges and said he was facing a show trial. 

Employees from a Ukrainian arms firm conspired with defence ministry officials to embezzle more than £31m earmarked to buy 100,000 mortar shells, the Ukrainian security service has said.

The SBU said five people have been charged and if found guilty, they could face up to 12 years in prison.

The investigation comes as Kyiv attempts to clamp down on corruption in a bid to speed up its membership in the European Union and NATO.

The investigation dates back to August 2022, when officials signed a contract for artillery shells worth 1.5bn hryvnias (£31.1m) with arms firm Lviv Arsenal, security officials said.

After receiving payment, company employees were supposed to transfer the funds to a business registered abroad, which would then deliver the ammunition to Ukraine.

But the goods were never delivered and the money was instead sent to various accounts in Ukraine and the Balkans, investigators said.

Ukraine's prosecutor general said the funds have since been seized and will be returned to the country's defence budget.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy was elected on an anti-corruption platform in 2019 and has portrayed sacking top officials as proof of his administration's efforts to crack down on corruption.

Hungarian opposition parties have submitted a motion calling for an extraordinary session of parliament to ratify Sweden's application to join NATO on 5 February.

Hungary is the only country in the 31-member Atlantic alliance yet to ratify Sweden's application.

Turkey completed its approval last week, some 20 months after Stockholm applied to join NATO following Russia's invasion.

"Our motion has been sent to the speaker... Now the question is whether 135 men will be brave enough to show up," said Zita Gurmai, an opposition politician, referring to whether members of parliament from the governing parties will vote for the motion.

Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, said last week he would urge politicians to approve Sweden's accession at the first possible opportunity, but parliamentary speaker Laszlo Kover said there was no urgency.

The World Court has announced it will decide whether it shall hear a case brought by Ukraine accusing Russia of violating international law on Friday.

Russia has justified its invasion by claiming it was launched to stop a genocide of Russian speakers in Ukraine - claims that Kyiv argues is a breach of the 1948 Genocide Convention given there was no risk of genocide.

The legal battle refers to fighting between Russian-backed forces and Ukraine in the country's east since 2014.

Lawyers for Moscow have urged judges to throw out the case, saying Ukraine is using it as a roundabout way to get a ruling on the overall legality of Russia's invasion.

If the UN court, also known as the International Court of Justice, does decide the Ukraine-Russia case can move forward, it could take many months before hearings on the merits are scheduled. 

Ukraine and Hungary are interested in holding a meeting between their leaders as soon as possible, top Ukrainian presidential official Andriy Yermak says.

He added the two countries had agreed to form a commission that would prepare proposals on the rights of the ethnic Hungarian minority living in Ukraine, reported Evropeiska Pravda.

His comments come after a meeting with Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto, following tensions between Budapest and Kyiv over the issue. 

It appears to indicate a shift in relations between Hungary and Ukraine

Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban has retained cordial ties with Russia despite Moscow's invasion, and has been a vocal critic of the EU's financial and military support for Kyiv.

But earlier today, Mr Orban's political director said Hungary was open to using the EU budget for a proposed €50bn aid package to Ukraine that it had once blocked.

Russia has the resources to keep replacing tanks and combat vehicles despite a recent spike in losses, according to British military intelligence.

This means it can continue to pursue offensive action at the same level that it has done since October, said the UK Ministry of Defence.

But its recent spate of vehicle losses has only resulted in "minor territorial gains", it said.

Russian ground forces lost 40% fewer vehicles in 2023 than in 2022 after spending much of last year on the defensive.

In 2022, 2,600 of its tanks and 4,900 armoured combat vehicles (ACVs) were destroyed in Ukraine.

Since October, renewed Russian offensives in the east have seen the rate of losses increase again.

Ground forces have likely lost 365 tanks and 700 AVCs in that time period.

The UK MoD said: "However, Russia can probably generate at least 100 main battle tanks a month and therefore retains the capacity to replace battlefield losses and continue this level of offensive action for the foreseeable future."

Vladimir Putin and the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, have been attending a meeting of the Union State Supreme Council in St Petersburg, Russia.

During the meeting, the pair will seek to approve guidelines for the next three years of integration between the two nations, according to the Kremlin.

The Union State of Belarus and Russia is composed of a series of treaties deepening cooperation on economic and defence policies since the 1990s.

Some experts have suggested it has seen Vladimir Putin assert more and more control over Russia's neighbour. 

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  1. Documents you need for travel in Europe

    EU assistance to Ukraine Check what travel documents you'll need to cross the border into another EU country. And find out what documents you need for your spouse, children or other relatives if they are not EU nationals. More on: Travel documents for EU nationals Travel documents for non-EU family members Travel documents for non-EU nationals

  2. Americans Must Have This New Document For 2024 European Travel

    Americans Must Have This New Document For 2024 European Travel - Forbes Advisor advisor Travel Insurance Advertiser Disclosure Heading To Europe In 2024? You'll Need This New Travel...

  3. ETIAS

    The rules of travel to Europe have changed. Starting in mid-2025, some 1.4 billion people from over 60 visa-exempt countries are required to have a travel authorisation to enter most European countries. Who should apply Find out which European countries require an ETIAS travel authorisation, who needs to apply and who is exempt.

  4. Traveling In Europe

    To stay longer than 90 days, you must have a visa. Apply for a visa through the embassy of the country where you will spend most of your time. What do I need to enter the Schengen area? A U.S. passport (with applicable visas, if needed), valid for at least 90 days beyond your intended date of departure from the Schengen area.

  5. Getting Your Travel Documents Together by Rick Steves

    In much of Europe, the only travel document a US or Canadian citizen needs is a passport. (The US Passport Card works only for those driving or cruising to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.) And for most American travelers, that passport gets the most scrutiny from a customs official…as you reenter the United States.

  6. The Documents You Need to Travel Abroad Now

    Some destinations, including the United Kingdom and certain European Union countries, require travelers to complete a digital passenger locator form before entering the country (you must submit...

  7. Travelling in the EU

    Traveling in the time of coronavirus can be complicated. Check out the latest information about border restriction, contact-tracing apps, consular support. Information on travel documents, passenger rights, driving abroad, roaming charges, Package travel, timeshare, and rules on carrying animals, tobacco, and more.

  8. New requirements for Americans traveling to Europe postponed until 2025

    The ETIAS authorization is linked to a person's travel document -- such as a U.S. passport -- and both documents will be needed to board a flight, bus or ship to enter any of the European countries that require ETIAS. Similar to international border requirements with a passport, the ETIAS authorization doesn't guarantee automatic right of entry.

  9. Schengen Visa & Travel Entry Requirements to Europe

    The documents you need to provide when entering the Schengen Area are as follows: Valid Passport. Issued within the previous 10 years and valid for at least 3 months after the date you intend to leave the EU. Schengen Visa. If you are a national of one of the third countries needing a visa. ETIAS Entry Authorization.

  10. Your complete travel to Europe checklist

    What documents will you need to travel to Europe? Let's kick off our checklist for traveling to Europe with some of the most important things - without the right documents in place you may not even be allowed on the plane, so getting everything lined up in advance is essential. Passports and visas

  11. Travelling in the EU, your rights

    As an EU national, you can also benefit from EU-wide passenger rights for travel into, out of or within the EU by air, rail, bus/coach or ship. You can travel with pets and other animals in the EU provided you comply with the rules (pet passports). There are EU limits on taking alcohol, tobacco or cash with you to another EU country.

  12. Full international travel documents checklist

    Copies of important documents. The US State Department advises travelers to take 2 copies of their passports before leaving the country. Carry one copy with you, and give one to a trusted friend at home. That way, if the original is lost, you'll still be able to access a copy, even if your luggage goes missing.

  13. Travelling to the EU and Schengen area

    Travel abroad Travelling to the EU and Schengen area You do not need a visa for short trips to the EU or countries in the Schengen area if both of the following apply: you're staying for 90 days...

  14. Welcome page

    System for registering non-EU nationals travelling for a short stay in 29 European countries ... Travel authorisation for visa-exempt travellers to enter 30 European countries (starting in mid-2025) Go to ETIAS website. Share this page New requirements to travel to Europe. This site is managed by: Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs.

  15. Council of the European Union

    The list of travel documents which entitle the holder to cross the external borders and which may be endorsed with a visa, divided into three parts, as well as the non-exhaustive list of known fantasy and camouflage passports, are drawn up by the European Commission with the assistance of EU Member States and Schengen Associated States on the basis of information gathered within the framework ...

  16. New requirements for Americans traveling to Europe postponed until 2025

    The ETIAS authorization is linked to a person's travel document -- such as a U.S. passport -- and both documents will be needed to board a flight, bus or ship to enter any of the European countries that require ETIAS. Similar to international border requirements with a passport, the ETIAS authorization doesn't guarantee automatic right of entry.

  17. Canadians travelling to European countries in 2024 will need a permit

    Published July 26, 2023 10:53 a.m. PDT Share Canadians eyeing a trip to certain European countries next year will need to obtain a permit first. Starting in 2024, Canadian travellers seeking a...

  18. 10 Essential Tips For Backpacking Through Europe

    Backpacking Europe is a great way to explore multiple destinations on the continent in a single trip. Here are our top tips to make it unforgettable. ... Person with travel documents ...

  19. Covid travel rules and measures for safe travel

    The EU Digital COVID Certificate facilitates the safe free movement of EU citizens and residents when travelling in the EU. National authorities in EU countries are responsible for issuing EU Digital COVID certificates, which are recognised in all EU countries. Choose country

  20. 10 Best Passport Holders of 2024, Vetted by Travel Enthusiasts

    Holifesy Valante Premium Family Travel Document Organizer. $22 at Amazon. $22 at Amazon. Read more. 9. Best Minimalist Passport Holder Away The Passport Wallet. $60 at Away.

  21. European e-Justice Portal

    Package Travel Directive (2015/2302) Text of directive; Repealed . Doorstep Selling Directive (85/577) Text of the Directive; ... on the free movement of citizens within the European Union. Public documents means documents issued by a public authority, such as: documents emanating from a court or a court official;

  22. PDF 2024 travel outlook

    The travel industry enters 2024 on a wave of strong performance. Deloitte's consumer surveys projected that Americans would travel enthusiastically in 2023, and industry metrics indicate that they did. From January through November 2023, TSA-reported passenger throughput was up an average of 12.5% year over year.

  23. Ukraine-Russia war latest: Putin opponent vanishes; Hungary signals

    He says Europe is rich enough to do so if it has the political will, pointing to a recent report from the Estonian Ministry of Defence suggesting that committing 0.25% of GDP annually towards ...