Traveling with a passport from a country no one’s heard of

Have you been traveling for a while and every time you cross a border, someone looks at your passport and scratches his or her head? Are you accustomed to shelling out lots of dinero to get travel visas to visit certain countries?



If you answered yes to the above-mentioned questions, guess what? You’re not alone! As a Trinidadian with just a Trinidadian passport (there are Trinidadians who have dual citizenship but that’s another story), I have had my fair share of travel woes. However, I haven’t let that stop me from trying to explore the world beyond my islands’ shores. Read about my experiences in Wanderful: Please stop telling me that my country does not exist.


Have you had similar experiences? Share in the comments below!

Photo: © Live Lyfe Photography

9 thoughts on “Traveling with a passport from a country no one’s heard of

  1. I’m really surprised that you have had this reaction so many times because I didn’t realize how many people didn’t know about Trinidad! I’m sorry to hear that it has made your travels difficult. Just think how much educating you are doing! Every time you bump into someone that has not heard of Trinidad before you are teaching them!


  2. To be honest, I’ve never heard of Trinidad until reading this… It’s true that traveling with a passport that no one notices is very difficult. As a Vietnamese and holding Vietnamese passport (which is not valuable), I have so many difficulties in applying for visa and such. Therefore, I totally understand your case.


  3. What do they do when they don’t recognize the country, just stamp it anyway and get on with their day? Being from the UK, I have the problem that people know of England or Britain but not of the UK. Also my passport says UK and Northern Ireland so then some border officials think it’s an Irish passport.


  4. It makes me really sad to read about these experiences! I’m in the same situation as James. I’m from the UK, more specifically Wales, but my passport reads “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland” or something along those lines, which causes more confusion than necessary. And then there’s the whole “If you’re from Wales, why don’t you have a Welsh passport?” question.
    It’s funny because a British passport is one of the most accessible passports in the world but we still have issues. Nowhere near as bad as I imagine it would be like being from a less well-known country like Trinidad though!

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  5. I do understand what you’re talking about. Thankfully for you, that didn’t break your spirit. It’s been fun to read your posts from your travels. Yes, it shouldn’t stop you from exploring the world and sharing a piece of it in your blog!


  6. To be honest, I’ve never seen a passport from Trinidad myself. I’ve never thought about how lucky I was as a U.S. citizen to carry a passport that everyone has heard of! Although I will say I still have had to shell out the “dinero” for visas in South America.


  7. I do have a story myself, about that time when I was in Kuala Lumpur and I was almost denied boarding because the check-in people didn’t know that Romania, my country, is in the European Union. Back then there was no internet around to prove to them and their only reaction was to shrug their shoulders and tell me that I will not get on the flight until I show them my departure ticket from England. Which I had, but not printed. :))


  8. I am a Filipino citizen and I can relate to you. I always apply for a visit visa like most of the time. It is okay but it would have been nice if I did not have to. I just make sure that I am ready for the interview process.


  9. It’s surprising how many people haven’t heard of Trinidad. It’s such a shame you have to go through such negative experiences while travelling. You think people working at border crossings or in the airport would have to be more knowledgeable in this area. Regardless, you are right that travel isn’t as easy for everyone even though it shouldn’t be so difficult.


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