Cunard Line 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 Cunard Line 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.

From Cunard Line directly:

The countries visited during your voyage have specific document requirements. These requirements include passport, visa and vaccination certificates where applicable. Requirements will vary based on the ports visited as well as on your citizenship. Please note that it is your sole responsibility to obtain and have available the proper travel and health documents that are necessary for air travel, voyage check-in and disembarkation at the various ports of call and for re-entry into the appropriate country of origin. If you do not possess the proper documentation you will be denied boarding without any refund of the voyage fare.

Many countries require your passport to be valid for six months from the completion of your travel. Check your passport to ensure it will be valid for this period of time. Make certain your passport contains blank pages for entry and exit endorsements and any visas that may be required. If necessary, you should allow sufficient time to renew your passport and obtain additional pages.

Travel document requirements vary based on the voyage destination and whether international flights are required. Please review the section below to determine the requirements for your voyage. Voyage specific information may also be found in the Voyage Personaliser, under “Notifications” in “Your Itinerary” section.

  1. Passports are required for all international air travel to and from the United States, regardless of age and citizenship.
  2. Passports are required for all international voyages including: Africa, Asia, Australia, Central & South America, Europe, India, New Zealand, Transatlantic, South Pacific and World Cruise.
  3. With the enforcement of Department of Homeland Security Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), as of June 1, 2009, Passports or WHTI-compliant documents are required for U.S. domestic voyages including Canada, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico and Panama Canal. Neither oral nor written declarations of citizenship are accepted.
    1. U.S. and Canadian citizens ages 16 and above travelling on domestic voyages may present one of the following valid WHTI-compliant documents. In addition to the traditional Passport Book, the new U.S. issued Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License, NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST Cards all comply with U.S. government secure document requirements and denote both citizenship and identity in a single document.

Passport Book RECOMMENDED travel document; accepted for travel by air, land and sea

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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).

Passports and is based in Miami, Florida and assists travelers going on a cruise with obtaining an expedited passport, passport renewal, or other passport or visa services.  If you need a US passport quickly for your cruise, Passports and is a private company that works with the Passport Agency to obtain your US passport application in as fast as 24 hours, with services starting at $59.

We are a nationally recognized US Passport and visa service by the Washington Post, New York Times and USA Today.  Our team has been getting passports and visas for over 15 years.

The benefits of using our private passport expediting service are :

  • You can get your passport back as fast as the same day we receive your application materials.
  • Our service is guaranteed; if you don't make your trip - the passport is on us.
  • You will see online real-time tracking of your order.
  • We are based in Miami, Florida - not far from many embarkation ports (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach)

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

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