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  Passport / Visa Rules for Cruises:
  The Passport Rules Are Changing. . .

On January 23, 2007, all travelers who enter or re-enter the United States by “airplane” will need a passport, including United States citizens and Canadian citizens. To extend this rule, on June 1, 2009, all travelers by land and by sea entering or re-entering the United States will need a passport.

If you are traveling between now and June 1, 2009, citizens of United States and Canada can use an original or certified copy of their birth certificate along with a government issue photo ID instead of a passport.

United States Citizens and Canadian adult citizens taking round trip cruises at this time from a United States port and who visit the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico can use birth certificate and government ID, however, children age 16 and under are not required to provide photo ID but will need their birth certificate. If a cruise begins in one port and ends in another foreign port, adults will need a passport at this time.
Even though United States passports cost U.S. citizens $100 for a first time applicant, we highly suggest you obtain a passport for cruises leaving the United States. Passports for children at a cost of $85 again are a great form of identification and well worth the money, especially considering a passport is valid for 10 years for ages 16 and above and 5 years for 15 and younger

The United States government does offer slightly less expensive alternative to a passport, called a passport card. Considering only a short time before the rules require a passport, we see no reason to spend a few dollars less and then still need a passport after June 1, 2009.

Passports at this time are not required for United States citizens to travel to and from the U.S. to any United States Territory, including American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, Swains Island and U.S. Virgin Island.

Please Note: Photocopies of required documentation are not acceptable. Some situations on certain cruises may have slight variations to the above rules. Each cruise will post the needed information and documentation needed. For International cruises, United States citizens must have a valid passport that will not expire within six months of the last day of travel and some countries will require a visa.

  United States Resident, Non Citizens:
All legal permanent residents of the United States are required to have a valid passport of their country along with a valid Green Card (Alien Registration) to enter or re-enter the United States.

Non United States / Canada Citizen Requirements for Passports and Visas:
The list of countries provided below has set up a special program called a visa waiver program with the United States and therefore, their citizens are only required a machine-readable passport for entry into the United States.
New Zealand
San Marino
The Netherlands
United Kingdom

However, any citizen of a country not listed above or a citizen of one of those countries without a machine-readable passport must present a valid passport and a valid United States visa to enter into the United States. Multiple entry visas will be required if your cruise enters more than one United States port.


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