Travel Document Number: What You Need to Know

Posted by | Updated on November 15, 2022
At a Glance: The travel document number of each document helps identify you and determine your eligibility to travel abroad. Here follows a brief description of each type of travel document, as well as what documents you need to take.

Are you excited? Is everything prepared? Soon you’re leaving for a trip abroad and it’s going to be a glorious time. If only you knew what is expected of you in terms of customs and immigration at the border crossings, that would definitely help to settle some nerves.

We won’t be covering everything here, but we’ll help explain your travel document number. These types of documents are an essential part of your trip. Without it, you won’t be allowed to cross any borders.

What is a Travel Document Number?

You probably already own a passport. If not, you need to get one before you leave on your trip abroad. A few types of documents form part of the overall category which we’ll look into shortly. It’s important for now that you understand which documents you can’t go abroad without. 

Travel documents are extremely important. The travel document number of each document helps identify you and determine your eligibility to travel abroad. Here follows a brief description of each type of travel document.

Types of Travel Documents

As mentioned previously, travel documents come in a few shapes and sizes. The most important travel documents include:

  • Passports
  • Visa
  • Green Cards

Below, we explore each of these types of travel documents in more detail.

Passport

Your passport is probably the most important and well-known travel document available. You can apply for a passport from your birth country. This document helps identify you for travel-related reasons. Let’s see why it is so important.

Why Your Passport is Important

Passports are like keys. You won’t have access to international travel without it. You’ll need one when you pass through your country’s customs and immigration and you’ll also need it again when you want to enter your intended destination.

More often than not, you need to get a visa to enter a country before you even travel there. You must have a passport to qualify for a visa. Take your passport with you when you go for visa interviews or else you aren’t eligible.

Some passports have more “power” than others. The Henley Passport Index helps explain the point. A Japanese passport gets entry to 191 countries without the need for a visa. Whereas a passport from Iraq may only enter 28 countries without a visa. A passport may help you enter a country, but remember to still note how long you may stay on a visaless entry since that differs from country to country. If you don’t keep to those regulations on your trips abroad, you will be in danger of removal procedures.

How to Get a Passport

It depends on what country’s passport you want. You firstly must be eligible for one. Only citizens of a specific country are eligible for a passport (in most cases). You must apply for your passport in the appropriate department of government in your birth country. In America, it is the U.S. Department of State.

Complete the required forms, include or attach the required supporting documentation, and submit your application. Soon you’ll have your passport. But what is a travel document number and does your passport have one?

Where to Find your Travel Document Number on a Passport

Your passport number is found in the upper right-hand corner of the page which has your photo on it. The passport number has 9 digits and each passport has a unique code. It is also this document’s travel number. 

Visa

A little earlier we mentioned this type of document. Travelers need visas to visit foreign countries in most cases. Visas are issued by the citizenship and immigration department of each country (in America it’s called the USCIS). They determine who may enter their country since they hold the jurisdiction over this matter. But why is a visa so important?

Why Your Visa is Important

The visa helps determine the reason for your visit to a country. It prescribes the conditions of your visit. Conditions like the length of your authorized stay in the country, the activities in which you are entitled to engage in, and other details about your stay. A passport may not be enough to enter every country you travel to. Make sure before you leave whether you need a visa too.

When you enter the country you’ll be required to produce your passport at the border officer. If your passport does not get a visa-free entry the officer will confirm your eligibility by a visa. Visas could take the form of an official document and/or an entry made in your passport. This entry in your passport is made by the immigration department of that country’s embassy or consulate in your home country. But how do you get a visa then?

How to Get a Visa

Go to the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit found in your home country. Apply for the type of visa you need. The reasons for your visit help to determine the type of visa you need. Tourists get tourist visas and people who go to work there get employment-related visas.

Complete the required forms, supply supporting documentation that proves your eligibility, pay the fees, attend and pass your interview, and soon you’ll have your visa. But what is the travel document number for a visa?

Where to Find your Travel Document Number on a Visa

The visa number on your visa is often printed in a different color. U.S. visas have their number printed in red on the bottom right-hand corner of the visa. The visa number is also the travel document number.

Green Card

People who become permanent residents of the U.S. get something called a Green Card. A Green Card is issued by the USCIS and often only comes after that person proved their eligibility with an appropriate U.S. visa. Let’s see why a Green Card is so important.

Why Your Green Card is Important

A Green Card does not replace a passport. You could be a permanent resident of the U.S. by owning a Green Card. But that doesn’t mean you are a citizen. You still need your passport from your birth country. But a Green Card could help improve your travel efficiency when you use it in conjunction with your passport. A Green Card is especially important when you cross the U.S. border since it helps prove to the immigration officer your eligibility to enter the country.

How to Get a Green Card

Only people who are eligible for residency will get Green Cards. You could prove your eligibility if you follow the correct procedures.

When you traveled to the U.S. you most probably got a visa. As you entered the U.S. you got a Form I-94 travel and departures record. All these immigration-related documents help to build your case for eligibility. There are many categories that determine how to get a Green Card. You follow the one that suits your situation the best. Prove your eligibility, follow the right procedures, wait for an available visa and soon you’ll get your Green Card.

Where to Find your Travel Document Number on a Green Card

Your Green Card number is also the travel document number in this case. It is printed on the backside of your physical Green Card.

Travel Document Number FAQ

So you might still have some questions regarding your travel document number. Here are a few of the more frequently asked questions and some helpful answers.

Will my different travel documents have the same travel document number?

No, it won’t. Each document type has a different structure and a total of digits. For instance, a Green Card number starts with three letters whilst a U.S. visa number has a total of 8 numerical digits.

Is my passport number the same as my travel document number?

Yes, a passport number is also its travel document number. But please note, your travel document number for your U.S. passport card will be different since the number on your card differs from your passport booklet.

How much do travel documents cost?

Travel documents differ in cost all over the world. For now, we’ll only look at the costs of U.S. travel documents.

U.S. Passport

The price of a passport depends on the type of passport you want. The cheapest adult passport is $110 and the cheapest minor passport is priced at $80. Passports applications require an execution fee of $35 (if applicable).

You can use expedited passport services which will do much of the application work on your behalf and also decrease the waiting time. These services might be able to get your passport within a couple of days as opposed to waiting for up to 8 weeks. They do come at a price and may set you back another $200 or more depending on the service itself.

U.S. Visa

The most common nonimmigrant visa costs $160. Other types of visas have different costs since it requires different kinds of documentation and/or processing. For instance, an H1B visa fee doesn’t even go to the visa beneficiary. The beneficiary’s U.S. employer must cover the cost.

Green Card

A U.S. Green Card costs $1,225 for an adult and $750 for children aged 13 and younger. This usually includes the $85 biometric fee.

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Final Thoughts

Your trip abroad sounds like an exciting time. You are packed and ready to leave. You’re also much more prepared now since you understand the importance of the travel document number of each of your travel documents. Remember to keep those documents safe wherever you go. We hope you make a lifetime of memories on the trip.


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