The Departments of Homeland Security and of State has issued the
final rulemaking concerning the requirements of passports for land
and sea border crossings under the Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative. After years of development following 9/11, this ruling is
the end of the process and can be considered FINAL
to ensure you have the proper identification when traveling.
U.S. citizens on cruise voyages that begin
and end at the same U.S. port (closed-loop itineraries)
must show proof of citizenship* and government-issued photo ID (such
as a drivers license). A passport will not be required for passengers
that fall into this category.
*Documents include: Original or certified copy of birth certificate;
Naturalization papers; Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by
Department of State
U.S. citizens traveling on cruises that begin and end in different
U.S. ports, or begin or end in a foreign port, must have a passport
or other recognized document. For a list
of accepted documents, see www.travel.state.gov.
The good news for a majority of cruise passengers American
citizens that leave and return on their cruise from the same U.S.
port is that the travel document requirements will remain
largely unchanged from how the industry has been operating for
Although Passports are not required for most cruise ship
passengers, it is still highly recommended that you obtain a
Please note that the above rules are for cruise ship travel
only. If you are flying or driving back into the
US, you will be required to present a valid US Passport.
CLIA continues to encourage travelers to obtain passports to allow
the broadest travel opportunities. You can visit www.travel.state.gov
to obtain information on how to apply at more than 9,000 passport
acceptance facilities in the United States, or visit your local Post
Office for an application.
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