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The Frugal Guide on Traveling After Bankruptcy

If you’re asking if you are still allowed to travel overseas, especially after getting a bankruptcy, the answer is yes. Most people are afraid to file for bankruptcy because they think that they won’t be able to travel overseas.

This is a common misconception about bankruptcy and is completely incorrect. Just as long as you have the money to travel overseas and have all the legal documents, you are always allowed to travel wherever you want even after filing for bankruptcy.


Below is a guide to help you travel easily and conveniently even after filing for bankruptcy.

Get Consent From Your Trustee

Bankrupt individuals are still allowed to travel overseas, given that they have secured their trustee’s consent before leaving the country. In general, your trustee will permit you to travel abroad if you are being responsible with your bankruptcy obligations and able to provide all the requested information and documents about your trip.

Usually, your trustee will ask you to present the following details to permit you to leave the country which includes:
  1. Reasons for leaving the country
  2. Dates of your departure and return
  3. Your chosen destinations and itinerary
  4. Who is paying for your travel expenses
  5. Contact information while overseas

Will Your Trustee Give You Permission?

As long as your trustee is happy about your bankruptcy obligations and duties under the Bankruptcy Act, and you have completed a traveled request form along with the required legal documents and information, you’ll be permitted to travel abroad.
  1. Bankruptcy trustees will deny your request if they are not satisfied with your duties and obligations.
  2. For instance, if your income contribution installments are not up to date, your trustee has a good reason to reject your request to travel.
What Happens If You Travel Without Permission?

If you travel abroad without getting permission from your bankruptcy trustee, then you are considered to be violating the bankruptcy law.
  1. Violating the bankruptcy laws in your state can lead to serious penalties, which include extending your bankruptcy for five or more years or get imprisoned for a considerable amount of time.
  2. Your bankruptcy trustee can also issue an alert to the authorities who will stop you from leaving the country, which can end up in getting arrested.
Keep in mind that filing for bankruptcy does not affect your ability to travel, especially overseas. Although it can be slightly difficult to get permission from your trustee to travel abroad, most travel requests are always approved.

While it’s true that bankruptcy trustees will hold onto your passport, they can also give it back to you once your travel request is approved. Just be sure to surrender your passport back again to your trustee after returning from abroad.

There is nothing to prevent you or hold you back from vacationing or traveling abroad just because you’re bankrupt. You can always go wherever you want to go just as long as you get permission and the money to pay for the travel expenses. If you need help securing permission from your bankruptcy trustee, don’t hesitate to contact a bankruptcy attorney.

Gail Wilson


Gail Wilson has more than 12 years of experience under her belt when it comes to business, which she is currently sharing with her clients and peers as part of Want a Fresh Start, LLC.

She writes pieces on various law topics that she hopes could help the common reader with their concerns. A family oriented, Gail loves spending time with her husband and two sons during her free time.
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