When going on an international vacation...

SMichelle SMichelle
Do you bring documents with you to "prove" that you live where you do?

I took my first trip to the UK a few months back, and I was shocked to find that I was asked for copies of my bank statement, proof of my employment in the US, and proof of my student status. I, of course, didn't have any of that on me, as I was going on vacation, and had been told all I needed was a valid US passport to enter the UK.

Evidently it's not normal for them to ask for the extras, but from what I've been hearing this is all stuff that I should be traveling with. I was surprised to find out, but I'm wondering -- is this stuff that normal international travelers bring with them when they go on 2 week vacations?

I ask as I'm preparing for my next trip to the UK, which is in just a few weeks! (Excited!)
06/06/2012
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lovekink lovekink
Quote:
Originally posted by SMichelle
Do you bring documents with you to "prove" that you live where you do?

I took my first trip to the UK a few months back, and I was shocked to find that I was asked for copies of my bank statement, proof of my employment in the US, ... More
Wow that's a great question although I have no answer. I am planning on traveling to Italy next summer so I'll be paying attention to see if anyone else knows! Sorry I'm no help!
06/06/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by SMichelle
Do you bring documents with you to "prove" that you live where you do?

I took my first trip to the UK a few months back, and I was shocked to find that I was asked for copies of my bank statement, proof of my employment in the US, ... More
It's become more of a norm now to ask for these documents.
06/06/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by deltalima
It's become more of a norm now to ask for these documents.
Interesting.

I was really surprised when I was asked. I had been told everywhere before that all I needed was a passport. I guess technically all they require IS a passport for US citizens (and proof of plans to leave the country at the end of your stay, of course), but if they ask for other documents and you don't have them... it just seems to make things very complicated.


I'm bringing a letter from my employer stating when I'm expected back to work, etc.., a copy of a recent tax return slip that shows I do truly work at this place, a print out of my registration for the fall term at college, and a print out of my bank account statement (though this particular account only contains money for trips/fun things, as I keep a separate one for bills). Hopefully all of that will be sufficient.
06/06/2012
brevado brevado
Just got back Monday
06/06/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Make sure you put all that stuff in a safe place! Sounds like it's ripe for identity theft to happen!
06/06/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
Make sure you put all that stuff in a safe place! Sounds like it's ripe for identity theft to happen!
That's what I thought, and that's why I'm so shocked that it's expected.

I panicked every time I had to put my bags down the last time, and I just had my debit card and cash in my bag. But.. I don't want to risk being sent home, so I'm trying to have everything I can to show I'm really just visiting.

I'm on my way to see my boyfriend, which in itself seems to send up red flags to immigration.. :/ It would be absolutely devastating if I were turned away for trying to visit him.
06/06/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by brevado
Just got back Monday
Were you asked for any sort of documents, other than your passport and travel plans?
06/06/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Yes I make sure to bring all necessary documents along with me.
06/06/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by Stinkytofu10
Yes I make sure to bring all necessary documents along with me.
Care to elaborate, please? What documents do you consider to be necessary for international trips? Everyone seems to have a different idea on that.

I'm trying to figure out what I should have on me.
06/06/2012
Annemarie Annemarie
I went to the UK back in 2007 for a month... I wasn't asked at all for those things. Just my passport. I did keep my driver's license with me, though. Maybe things have changed.

That said, I'm surprised you'd need all that to get in to the UK, versus back into the US.
06/07/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
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Originally posted by Annemarie
I went to the UK back in 2007 for a month... I wasn't asked at all for those things. Just my passport. I did keep my driver's license with me, though. Maybe things have changed.

That said, I'm surprised you'd need all that to ... More
On my way back into the US, I was simply asked why I was in the UK, and what I did for employment here in the US. I answered with brief answers each time: "I was on Holiday.", and "I work in childcare". The woman here simply smiled and said "welcome home, have a great day." No hassles.

In the UK, it seems that they wanted documents to prove that I could support myself while there, and that I had ties in the U.S. I think that they were worried that I would be overstaying. I did manage to convince them that I did, in fact, have ties to the U.S., even without the documents... it just took several hours to do so.

My understanding is that the documents aren't required, they're just "highly suggested". The UK border agency's website basically states that they could send you right back home if you can't prove that you've reason to leave the country at the end of your trip. Evidently a ticket home is just not enough these days.
06/07/2012
Kissy Kissy
Now that is new. I just make a copy of my passport and license and I am always fine. In fact, I keep the copy with me, but have another scanned in on my email.
06/10/2012
Badmew Badmew
I am generally not asked for these things, but I usually try to bring different things to prove where I live, and that I am who I say I am, just in case.
02/15/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
I just went with passport and second photo id, and that was more than enough
02/15/2013
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