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  Passport Requirements for Cruises


Passports are required for all travelers, including citizens of U.S. and Canada, who enter or re-enter the United States by air, land or sea.

 

Regarding   cruises to destinations in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda, there is a notable exception to this US passport rule, pertaining to land and sea crossings for US Citizens:

 

US Citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end in the same U.S. port) and travel to destinations in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Bermuda are able to re-enter the United States with proof of citizenship other than a passport or passport card.  Acceptable proof of citizenship includes an original or certified copy of a government issued birth certificate (raised seal and signature) and a laminated government issued picture ID (typically, driver's license), Consular Report of Born Abroad Certificate, or a Certificate of Naturalization.  NOTE: Baptismal records and certificates issued by a hospital are not acceptable.

 

However; ALL major cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney) STRONGLY recommend that all guests travel with a passport that is valid for at least six (6) months beyond the end of the cruise for the following reasons :

 

  •     Guests may need to fly out of the United States to meet a ship at it's next available port if they missed an embarkation.
  •     Guests that would need to fly home before the cruise ends due to medical, family, personal or business emergencies.
  •     Involuntary disembarkation from a ship due to misconduct or other reasons
  •     Guests who miss the scheduled ship's departure at a port of call.
  •     You may be required to present a passport to enter the foreign ports that your cruise is visiting.

NON-US Citizens, US Citizens on open-loop cruses (being and end in different ports) and passengers on cruises that stop at ports in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Antartica ALL require a valid passport, and in some cases a visa as well as a copy of  your Alien Registration Card (Green Card).

 

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Need to know about passports or visas?  Contact us or review our Travel Document Learning Center.