#1 11-3-2017 3:46 PM

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Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

I live in North America, but we're thinking about moving to South America (probably Ecuador).  Do you have to have a passport or anything? 

If so, how much does it cost and where do you get your passports?

 

#2 11-3-2017 4:44 PM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

North America isnt a country.  In the US you go to the post office.  https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm

 

#3 11-3-2017 4:47 PM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

Yes, you need a passport. If you live in US and are an American citizen, do as katzgar says.

 

#4 11-3-2017 5:13 PM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

I saw your other post that you're in Indiana.  In the US, you can get an application at any post office, any library, any city hall or simply print one from the web.   Or you can visit the passport authority in person, closest one to Indiana is in downtown Chicago.

 

#5 11-3-2017 5:47 PM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

Absolutely you need a passport if travel to South America, you can't enter Ecuador without a passport. Also check the visa requirements, as tourist you only get 90 days, so I don't know what kind of visa you need for residency

 

#6 11-4-2017 12:53 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

Yes aa shavy says, if you intend to live in Ecuador, it will be more complicated than just having a passport. The procedure will depend on your nationality. I know you said you live in Indiana but it is not clear that you are US cituzen.

As I mentioned in your other post, there are many retired Americans in Ecuador.  It seems to be an easy enough process if you are American.

  You will need to get a passport and then contact your nearest Ecuadorean consulate.

 

#7 11-4-2017 1:26 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

Just because the poster resıdes ın ındıana doesnt necessarıly make hım/her usa cıtızen.
If he/she does not have a usa passport then the ındıvıdual can travel on theır foreıgn passport.

 

#8 11-4-2017 2:44 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

If you are planing to live in Ecuador you will need a passport and a visa, without it you can stay only 90 days per year.
http://www.ecuador.org/nuevosite/servic … isas_e.php
After you got your passport you have to fill out one of the following forms (depending which kind of visa you need, retired, worker, student etc., appearently US$ 450):
http://www.consuladovirtual.gob.ec/en/web/guest/visas

 

#9 11-4-2017 4:28 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

You need a passport and a visa. The passport you can apply for at the post office- the visa will depend on if you’re planning to work, how long you want to stay, and things like that. The best source of info is the embassy of the country you want to go to- check their website- and look for online forums for people who’ve moved there before (google ex pats and the country name).

You might not be granted a visa- just like the USA, each country has their own rules about what sort of people they let in and for how long. You may have to prove a certain amount of savings, or have certain skills, or things like that. We can’t tell you what those are so you need to do your own research.

You’re obviously at a very early stage in your planning. Personally, I think you should take a short trip there before you commit to moving. If you know so little about a country you don’t know if you need a passport, it might turn out to be a bit different from what you expect.

And remember living somewhere is different from visiting it as a traveller. Some of the ugliest cities can be the most fun once you get to know them, and beautiful cities with loads for a traveller can be hard to find work or have full lifestyles or just plain be too expensive in the long run. So look for advice from people living there, not just passing through, on where is nice, safe and affordable for the long run.

Last edited by sarahelaine (11-4-2017 4:29 AM)

 

#10 11-4-2017 5:01 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

there are a few countrıes that vısa ıs not requıred to enter
Ecuador.

 

#11 11-4-2017 6:14 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

dimmedlights wrote:

Just because the poster resıdes ın ındıana doesnt necessarıly make hım/her usa cıtızen.
If he/she does not have a usa passport then the ındıvıdual can travel on theır foreıgn passport.

If OP was not an American citizen, but living in US, I'm highly confident they would have already answered their question knowing that a passport is required to travel internationally.

 

#12 11-4-2017 11:34 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

dimmedlights wrote:

there are a few countrıes that vısa ıs not requıred to enter
Ecuador.

Having a Belgium passport we don't need a visa to enter Ecuador, but we do got stamped in our passort for 90 days staying in the country

 

#13 11-4-2017 4:59 PM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

I'm pretty sure that one always needs a passport when entering foreign countries. Visas not always.

 

#14 11-4-2017 8:04 PM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

jacobi wrote:

I'm pretty sure that one always needs a passport when entering foreign countries. Visas not always.

A technicality on this is that US citizens can use a passport "card" when traveling overland to all North American countries, most Caribbean and most Central American countries.   It is obtained simultaneously with a passport, but it is not a traditional passport book.  I've used mine maybe 7 times, just like flashing a drivers license.

 

#15 11-5-2017 12:43 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

Many members of this site would not need a visa to enter most countries for a short period as a tourist.  But if you intend to work in another country, a visa and/or work permit would often be required. If intending to spend a long time in a foreign ccountry, even without working, some kind of document  (visa, residence permit etc) would be required.

A passport is normally needed to visit a foreign country.

There are exceptions. Eg no passport normally required if travelling in Schengen area in Europe.  In EU, a national identity card can be used instead of passport.  Ireland does not have a national identity card but has recently introduced a passport card.  I and other Irish citizens can use this to travel in EU rather than carrying around a passport.

Also the visa, work permit requirements do not apply within the EU. I can live and work in any other EU country for as long as I like.

 

#16 11-5-2017 2:27 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

jacobi wrote:

I'm pretty sure that one always needs a passport when entering foreign countries. Visas not always.

If you have an EU passport you can travel with just an ID card within the whole EU, as a result of the Schengen Agreement. Maybe there are more situations like that around the globe.

But if you travel more than once in the three years, i would not even bother about Not getting a passport.

 

#17 11-5-2017 3:08 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

Engineer9736 wrote:

jacobi wrote:

I'm pretty sure that one always needs a passport when entering foreign countries. Visas not always.

If you have an EU passport you can travel with just an ID card within the whole EU, as a result of the Schengen Agreement. Maybe there are more situations like that around the globe.

But if you travel more than once in the three years, i would not even bother about Not getting a passport.

That is true, I travel around Europe 5 times, my Belgiun ID is sufficient for border control except in Russian Federation. Outside European destination a travel passport is required otherwise you can't bord the plane without passport

 

#18 11-5-2017 5:12 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

There's a lot of other European countries where a Belgian  national ID card is not sufficient including Turkey, Belarus, Ukraine, the Balkans too maybe.

 

#19 11-5-2017 5:38 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

fransglobal wrote:

There's a lot of other European countries where a Belgian  national ID card is not sufficient including Turkey, Belarus, Ukraine, the Balkans too maybe.

I've been to a few countries in the Balkans Francis, I have no problem with ID card only. My last visit to Turkey is quite a long time ago and ID card was good enough before.... Yes, recently as Belgian you need a passport to Turkey, and ID is not acceptable anymore

I'm going to Belarus next year flying to Minsk, yes I need to travel with my passort. Effectively july 2017 Belarus change their visa procedure - most visitors can stay in Belarus less than 5 days without visa

 

#20 11-5-2017 11:34 PM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

DaveSwede wrote:

dimmedlights wrote:

Just because the poster resıdes ın ındıana doesnt necessarıly make hım/her usa cıtızen.
If he/she does not have a usa passport then the ındıvıdual can travel on theır foreıgn passport.

If OP was not an American citizen, but living in US, I'm highly confident they would have already answered their question knowing that a passport is required to travel internationally.

Exactly what I was thinking smile

Take sarahelaines advice and go visit first before moving!

 

#21 11-6-2017 8:12 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

Yes to passport. Some countries in S. America require a visa, such as Brazil.

 

#22 11-6-2017 11:32 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

jacobi wrote:

I'm pretty sure that one always needs a passport when entering foreign countries. Visas not always.

Exactly.  The question begs belief

 

#23 11-6-2017 3:44 PM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

I think you should forget about visiting Ecuador as you would be completely lost since you don't appear to be street smart. Surely there would not be many people asking such a question.   And by the way in Ecuador they speak Spanish !!!

 

#24 11-6-2017 8:16 PM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

Davejo , I am glad you said that......

 

#25 11-7-2017 5:38 AM

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Re: Do you need a passport to go from North America to South America?

davejo wrote:

I think you should forget about visiting Ecuador as you would be completely lost since you don't appear to be street smart. Surely there would not be many people asking such a question.   And by the way in Ecuador they speak Spanish !!!

Lol big_smile in Quito english is mostly spoken especially the young generation but outside the city if one don’t speak spanish would be difficult

 

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