Passport Requirements

Passport Requirements

First of all, it is your responsibility to take care of all documentation needs when going on a cruise. Cruise lines usually give you all necessary information regarding the future trips and entry requirements but it is advisable to double check all the info and inquire if you feel that particular problems may arise. If you discover that you need a passport, apply for one in advance of your trip because if you lack the proper documentation you will be denied entry onboard and cruise lines are not required to issue a refund.

Your passport must be valid at all times during the cruise. If it expires during the trip, you may have great difficulties with getting back to your country in case of a very bad weather or misconduct on a cruise ship. It is advisable that your passport is valid at least 6 months after the end of the cruise trip. If your trip includes traveling to US and you are a not US citizen, contact your U.S. Embassy about the travel documentation

With an exception of “closed loop cruises” in US, a passport is required for all adults and children on all international and “open loop” travels.

Visa requirements

Depending on your country of origin, you may find that some countries may be choosy which travelers can apply and get visas. For example, if your cruise stops in Tripoli (Lybia), you will not be able to walk out of the cruiser and go sightseeing if your passport has Israeli entry or exit stamps. The nature of political relations is volatile between the countries of middle east and western countries.

If you are a non US resident, you will need a passport, and in some cases, a visa. You might also need a US Alien Registration Card if your travel includes visiting Western Hemisphere.

If your country is a member of visa waiver program, you will need a machine readable, biometric passport. Countries which are member of visa waiver program are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunel, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This will anable you to enter the US without visa.

Blanket Visas

Some popular tourist countries like Croatia, Turkey or Greece may issue “blanket visas” which cover all guests on the cruiser. In this case you won’t have to do anything and everything will be taken care of in your name.

Passport requirements for US citizens

Closed loop travels are considered as trips that begin and end in the same undocking port. For example, if you board in Miami, Florida and visit one foreign docking port like Montserrat and then return to Miami, that is considered a closed loop trip. For such trips you won’t need a passport but you will have to present a birth certificate or a naturalization certficate. Western Hempisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires all US and Canadian citizens to provide government issued photo identification when entering US.

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