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Do You Need A Passport For A Cruise?

Taking a cruise can be a fun and exciting adventure. However, before leaving, there are a few things passengers should know about the requirements for leaving and re-entering the United States if their cruise involves international waters.

One of the required documents may include a passport under the right conditions.

A passport is a document which is issued by a national government as a means of identification for the person who holds it. It certifies the identity and nationality of the person listed on the document, which is important when traveling internationally.

In the United States, passports are issued through one of the State Department's 14 passport issuing centers. They also can be issued through clerks at federal and state courts, designated post offices and U.S. consular authorities in foreign countries for citizens who are living abroad.

Passports expire every 10 years for citizens over the age of 18 and every five years for those under 18. Upon expiration, passports must be replaced if the holder wishes to continue having one. Because people change in appearance with age, passports cannot simply be renewed, but must be completely replaced, including with an updated photo of the passport holder.

Passengers who are taking a “closed loop” cruise will not be required to carry a passport in order to leave the United States or re-enter it. Closed-loop cruises are those which begin and end at the same United States port. A certified birth certificate and valid photo identification, such as a driver's license, are all that is necessary.

Closed-loop cruises are the only kinds of cruises which do not require the traveler to possess a passport for re-entry into the United States.

If a traveler intends to take a cruise that departs from Florida but returns to a destination in California as its return port, it is not considered a closed-loop cruise and passengers will be required to provide a passport for re-entry.

Other situations which may require a passport include visitation to islands within the Caribbean. There are 26 islands in the Caribbean, and they are among the most-visited destinations in the world. Each year, over 20 million travelers visit these islands. While the U.S. does not require a passport for re-entry by cruise guests who visit the Caribbean, in order to leave the cruise ship and step foot onto any island within the Caribbean, visitors will need a passport. This is a requirement of the government which controls the Caribbean islands, not the United States. So if your cruise ship will be visiting the Caribbean, be sure to pack your passport or be prepared to stay aboard the ship the entire time.

Another cruise situation which may require a passport is if the traveler is a legal permanent resident of the United States – meaning they hold a green card – but not a citizen. While the United States does not require legal residents to possess a passport for re-entry into the states following a cruise, foreign countries which may be visited as part of the cruise do require a passport.

Even if yours is a situation which likely will not require the possession of a passport, cruise goers may want to apply for and carry one with them anyway during the trip. In the event of an emergency, passengers may find themselves needing to fly back home or to another location, which would require a passport. Not having one could complicate the situation.

Artists putting their stamps on Polk Street's "˜Passports'

San Francisco artist Lynn Kirby has been going to the Russian Hill Bookstore since it opened 24 years ago. So when she was invited by the San Francisco Arts Commission to design a unique ink stamp for any business on Polk Street, she requested the bookstore.

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:16:00 GMT



Passports for purchase: Open citizenship doors around the world

(CNN) - Turns out money doesn't just buy a glamorous vacation in the Caribbean or a killer suite in Quebec -- it can buy residency too. While British citizens are rushing to claim Irish passports post-Brexit vote, the world's most elite travelers don't ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:03:00 GMT



Venezuela extends expired passports for two years amid paper and ink shortages

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed an emergency decree earlier this week extending expired passports for two more years amid a widespread shortage of paper and ink at the government agency that issues the travel documents. Demand for new passports ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:58:00 GMT



Kane County Clerk encourages holiday travelers to apply now for passports

Falling leaves and temperatures are a reminder that the holiday season is coming. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is one of the busiest times of the year for travel, and Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham recommends that Kane County ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:29:00 GMT



ASU students receive free passports to study abroad

Albany State University school leaders are concerned about the number of students who study abroad. Right now, those numbers are extremely low, so school leaders are sponsoring 100 passports for students interested in studying abroad. It's a collaborative ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:32:00 GMT



Travelers from 9 states will need passports for domestic flights in 2018

The deadline is approaching for nine states that have yet to update state IDs in compliance with the REAL ID Act, which was passed in 2005. As a result, residents in those nine states will have to present a valid U.S. passport - instead of a driver's ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:12:00 GMT



9 States Will Require Passports for U.S. Flights

Come January 22, 2018, residents of nine states will need a passport to board any flight, domestic or international, according to new TSA guidelines. It's always refreshing when air travel becomes more complicated.

Published:  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:06:44 GMT



22 states will require passports for domestic flights

Travelers from 22 states will need a passport in 2018 to board domestic flights if their states do not update their state IDs. States were required to comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005 that was passed to ensure safer air travel.

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:00 GMT



Gender-neutral British passports bid reaches High Court

London (AFP) - A campaigner seeking gender-neutral passports won the right Wednesday to mount a challenge against the British government in the High Court. Christie Elan-Cane, who does not identify as either male or female, believes Britain's passport ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:49:00 GMT



Fantasy's favourite characters get passports in this artistic series

As your ticket to seeing the world, passports already seem magical a lot of the time. Now one company has dreamed up a series of colourful passports for some beloved characters from our favourite fictional lands. Arya Stark can finally travel officially ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:20:00 GMT



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