Do I Need A Passport To Go On A Cruise?

Published by Travel Visa Pro on Mon Sep 11 2017

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of going on a cruise, but the anticipation of your first time hopping aboard might cause some anxiety in regards to the documentation needed to set sail. It’s best to be as prepared as possible and consider any unexpected circumstances that might arise during your trip. If you’re wondering whether or not your need a passport to go on a cruise, the answer depends on your cruise company as well as where your cruise will depart and disembark from.

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U.S. Citizens

If you’re a U.S. citizen or legal resident and your cruise both departs from and disembarks at U.S. ports, you will not need a passport. However, unexpected injuries and medical emergencies as well as damages or potential complications with the cruise ship itself could prevent you from returning to the United States on board the ship. If you do suffer from a medical complication during your trip, you might be brought to a local hospital overseas depending on where your cruise stops. If such an emergency occurs, you might be too severely injured to get back on board, or you might not be discharged from the hospital until after the shi has already taken off. This would require you to fly back to the United States. In order to catch a flight from a non-U.S. territory back to the U.S., you need to have a valid passport. You’ll need to check with your cruise company before your trip to ensure that you have all of the documents they require. Some cruise companies may require that you have a passport, regardless of whether or not it’s required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Again, it’s highly recommended that you bring a passport in case of any surprising circumstances, and you should take note of the closest U.S. embassies and consulates in case you need to report an emergency.

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International Travel

If you are traveling internationally by cruise ship, you will need to have a passport in addition to any of your destination countries’ required legal documents, including visas and permits. Even if not required, it’s highly recommended that you have all of the proper documentation for each stop on the cruise, even if you’re not planning to disembark at that location. This will ensure that you’re prepared for emergency travel from that stop. You should always check with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to travel, and bring proof of any necessary prescriptions along with you on your trip.

Expedited Passport Services

At Travel Visa Pro, we provide expedited passport services so that we can make sure you’re prepared for your trip in time. With over a decade’s worth of experience, we’re equipped to handle any emergencies you might have regarding paperwork and documentation, and we can help you obtain or renew your passport before you begin your journey. We want you to have the safest, smoothest experience possible, so we can also provide you with emergency contact information for local embassies and consulates. We offer a variety of services that cater to your needs and understand that some last-minute questions or concerns might arise – and we’re here to walk you through the process step-by-step, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy your trip.