As of June 1, 2009, passports are required for all travelers, including citizens of the U.S. and Canada, who
enter or re-enter the U.S. by air, land or sea.
There are a few notable exceptions pertaining to land and sea border crossings:
.U.S. citizens on cruises that begin and end in the same U.S. port and travel to destinations
in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas or Bermuda are able to re-enter the U.S.
with proof of citizenship other than a passport or passport card. Acceptable proof of citizenship
includes an original or certified copy of your birth certificate (must have both parents full names,
etc... and a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license). Passports are required
for cruises that begin in one U.S. port and end in another.
.Children under the age of 16 who are citizens of the U.S. or Canada are exempt from the
passport requirement for land and sea border crossings. In lieu of a passport, children are able
to use a birth certificate as proof of citizenship for entry into the U.S. by land or by sea. Children
entering or re-entering the U.S. by air are required to have a valid passport.
Photocopies of required documentation are not acceptable in any circumstance.
Even though passports are not required at this time for U.S. citizens who sail on cruises to the above
destinations that begin and end in the same U.S. port, we strongly recommend that all cruise passengers
travel with a valid passport anyway. This is because passengers who need to fly to or from the U.S.
unexpectedly during their cruise will likely experience significant delays and complications related to
booking airline tickets and entering the U.S. if they do not have a valid passport with them. For example, a
passenger missing a cruise departure due to a late inbound flight to Miami would need a passport to fly to
meet the ship at the next port. Similarly, guests needing to fly to or through the U.S. before their cruise
ends because of medical, family, personal or business emergencies, missing a ship's departure from a
port of call, or a mechanical problem of some sort with the ship, would need a passport.
Passports are not required for U.S. citizen's traveling to or returning directly from Hawaii or a U.S. territory,
including Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island, and the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Passports are required for cruise travel to all International destinations not mentioned above, and for
cruises that involve air travel that begins or ends outside of the U.S. Passports must be valid for at least
six months after the last day of travel.
For information about obtaining a passport for the first time, or about renewing a passport, click here to
visit the U.S. Department of State's Web site.
Legal U.S. Residents (Non-Citizens)
Legal permanent residents of the U.S. must have a valid passport from their country of citizenship and a
valid Alien Registration Card (Green Card) to enter or re-enter the U.S.
Non-U.S., Non-Canada Citizens
The following countries participate in a visa waiver program with the U.S., and citizens of these countries
must have a machine-readable passport for entry into the U.S.:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom
Citizens of the countries listed above who do not possess machine-readable passports, and citizens of
countries not listed above must present a valid passport and a valid United States visa upon entry into the
U.S. For those whose travel plans include multiple entries into the U.S., such as a cruise that begins and
ends in a U.S. port, a multiple-entry visa is required.
All travelers, including U.S. and Canada citizens, are responsible for verifying visa requirements with
consular officials, and obtaining visas where required, for every country visited during their trip, including
countries visited via connecting flights.
Always check with your cruise lines direct website or travel.state.gov prior to your final payment date to
verify the documentation requirements for your vacation, as changes may occur.
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