What’s the Furthest You Could Travel Without a Passport?

What’s the Furthest You Could Travel Without a Passport?


This video was made possible by Dashlane. Manage your online security for free at dashlane.com/HAI. So, what’s the furthest you could legally
travel without a passport? You know, for the next time when some guy
under a bridge starts talking you up, lures you in with some free ho hos, and next thing
you know it you’re doing international drug runs until the feds seize your passport. Now, of course, there are some situations
where you can travel across any international border without a passport. For example,—get ready for some pedantry—this
is a United Nations Laissez Passer which is not technically a passport. It is a travel document issued by the UN to
the staff of itself and other international organizations. This works largely like a normal passport
and even has some extra special features like visa-free access to more countries than some
passports and certain levels of diplomatic privileges with the added disadvantage of
that apparently immigration officers often don’t know what these are and get confused. Of course that’s because these are rather
rare which is also why, for the purposes of this video, we’re not going to close up
shop one minute in and end by saying the furthest you could travel without a passport would
be Whangarei, New Zealand to Tangier, Morocco on one of these bad boys. So let’s say, what’s the furthest you
could travel without a passport as a normal person—ie not sailing a boat from New York
nonstop through international waters to the Indian Ocean and calling it a day which you
could technically legally do without a passport. Returning to any country might be difficult,
though. Although, the US has a rule for American citizens
when taking a cruise that departs and returns to the same place, for example, from Miami
to the Bahamas to Miami, where you don’t need a passport to get back into the US—only
proof of citizenship like a birth certificate. This rule is intended for cruises to places
like the Bahamas and Bermuda where passports aren’t required to enter when on cruises
but the notable detail for this rule is that it’s only for cruises that only visit Canada,
Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda so while you can visit other countries without a passport,
you can’t get all that far away from the US. Cruises are one of the few ways you can cross
international borders without a passport, though. But, a better solution to our big question
lies with empires. Of course the last time I made fun of the
British they got a bit salty so let’s just forget about them and talk about the French. The UK will need to get used to people doing
that pretty soon anyways. Like the Brits, the French still hold on to
a few far-flung pieces of their former empire. In fact, France is the only country to hold
territory on six of the seven continents. Thanks to that, you could travel from Urepel,
France to the town of Vao and still be in France despite them being 10,900 miles or
17,500 kilometers away from each other. Of course that’s because Urepel is in metropolitan
France and the other is in New Caledonia—an overseas collectivity of France. Now, this is probably the furthest distance
between two points in a single country. Feel free to fact check me on that but wait,
wait, wait—I know you’re about to clap down a comment saying that its further from
the Svalbard, Norway to Norway’s Antarctic claim but Norway’s Antarctic claim is very
much disputed by literally everyone except for these guys so it doesn’t count. If the Sahrawi Republic better recognized
than you, you’re really not doing too well. Getting back to New Caledonia, there’s a
problem preventing passport-free travel to this bit of France. It’s way too far from metropolitan France
for a non-stop flight so you have to connect via a foreign country so you’d need a passport. There are closer bits of France overseas,
though, such as Réunion. Réunion is an overseas department of France
meaning it is just as much as part of France politically as Île de France—the region
Paris is in. It’s basically the political equivalent
of Hawaii to the US. There are plenty of nonstop flights from France
to Réunion and, in fact, this eleven hour hop down south is the longest non-stop domestic
flight in the world. While there is an immigration check, all you’ll
need, assuming you’re an EU citizen, is your EU identity card. But you could go even further than the 6,000
miles or 10,000 kilometers to Réunion if you experience the joys of domestic flying
in the US of A. One could, for example, drive from Point Udall in the US Virgin Islands
to St. Croix, fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico, fly to Chicago, fly to Los Angeles, fly to
Honolulu, fly to Guam, and drive to Point Udall—yeah, they were named after brothers. 9,500 miles or 15,300 kilometers lay between
those two points which are both, of course, in the US so you wouldn’t need a passport
to fly between them assuming you’re American. You would only need a US government issued
ID for the customs formalities when flying to or from Guam or the US Virgin Islands since
they’re US insular possessions. That means that this is, probably, maybe,
possibly the furthest distance you could travel as a normal person on normal, scheduled transport
without a passport. If you think I’m wrong, though, leave a
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55 thoughts on “What’s the Furthest You Could Travel Without a Passport?”

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  • Hello It’s Me says:

    What you haven't taken into account are international waters. Now, I assume you don't need a passport in international waters, as long as you don't cross into a country's borders. If that is right, you could just start somewhere in the Atlantic (probably on the European side) and just go to the other side of the Earth via the small strip of international water south of South America. Ship range shouldn't be a problem, since we built ships with longer ranges in WWII, so it shouldn't be too hard to get one now.

  • Fernando Granco says:

    While not as far, you can go through most o South America with your regular ID if you are from a Mercosul contry. The two extremes of South America are from Cape Froward (South, Chile) to Punta Gallinas (North, Colombia), both countries are part of Mercosul, so as a Brazilian I can go there without a passport, that's 7373 km (4582 miles).

  • Interesting! South American citizens can travel inside the continent without a passport. probably the further away we can go is from Buenos Aires to Easter Island (Chile) or Galapagos (Ecuador) with just our ID.

  • X.X.X. Shadow.Reaper says:

    Anywhere you can walk or drive kill everybody at the border and just cross the border because screw the government they are suppressing us saying oh you’re mentally insane because you want to murder people or something Celine saying because you’re not in love with trump Not in love with Trump like I don’t want him as president but I don’t not want him as president people say oh you don’t want Trump as president so you prefer Hillary and I say no I never said that I knew there were other candidates you retard

  • William Shreckengost says:

    "The UK will need to get used to people doing that pretty soon anyways." What's the French equivalent for "oh snap"?

  • If you were chosen by the US government for extraordinary rendition, you were able (albeit not willing) to travel without a passport to any black site in the world. Of course you got waterboarded at your destination but according to the US Justice Department it was not torture.

  • forget about the EU trick. if we only focus in one country, what about from say Northern Ireland to the mainland UK then to the falkland island?

  • What if I go from South Caucasia to the Edge of Kamchatka at the bering straight? I'd be in Russia from start to end

  • Ok this is the one. 11,400 miles … yes. You can fly from Bermuda to Heathrow then to falkland islands via Breize Norton and Ascension Islands without a passport. It is a military plane the last leg so you'd have to be British but it is legal for them to take you

  • Maxithemillion says:

    Inverness to Glasgow to London to Douglas (isle of man) to Belfast to Gibraltar to Stanley to Dundee is 27,295 km and you can do all that with some form of British id

  • Drive from Nuorgam, Finland to Paris Charles-de-Gaulle Airport.
    Take an Air France flight to Noumea Magenta Airport, New Caledonia
    Drive to Tiabet, New Caledonia

  • Unfortunately, St. Thomas in the USVI requires you go thru customs and have a passport on your way out, due to its proximity to South America. I assume it's the same for St. Croix, the only other island with a airfield in the Virgin Islands

  • Simon Schulze says:

    Isn’t a normal person either Indian or Chinese? I mean your chance of randomly finding a French person on the first try in a pool of the entire world’s population is around 0.7%, which I believe is roughly equal to that of you finding a transgender person, and idk if you’d consider those normal^^

  • Jack Mountain says:

    Well I've lived over seas for years and been around the world 2 1/2 times all with out a pass port. From the state of Georgia to South Korea, than back to Washington state on to Germany than a small country called Iraq twice…all I had to do was join a group called the U.S Army. They even let me have a weapon for protection, so kind of them.

  • 3:43 one of the most interesting things in the video is that the easternmost point in the “US” and the westernmost point in the “US” (via travel not longitude) are both named Point Udall.
    That’s really neat.

  • I mean, in the eu you can simply drive from one end to the other without a passport because there are no border controls. You're only required to carry some sort of ID with you,

  • Well, you don’t need a passport if you take off from a private jet to the most far international airport but can’t go out of the international airport.

  • You also don't need passport to travel inside of South America (Mercosul countries) if you are citizen of one of its countries. Just like EU

  • You misused the hell out of "Further". You mean "Farther" as that's in reference to literal distance. "Further" is in reference to metaphors as in "you pushed my temper further and further with each misuse of 'further'"

  • US servicemembers traveling on US naval vessels that originate in the US travel around the globe. As they travel, they visit several ports in many different countries. Not once will they be asked for a passport.

  • … I just skip to the last minute or two on a lot of your videos, just so I can get the god damn information that I clicked the video for. I don't want, or need all this background info. Fuck.

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