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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.

Bengal terror trail: Raids launched to nab 70 people making fake passports for Bangladeshi criminals

KOLKATA: West Bengal security agencies have launched raids in four districts bordering Bangladesh to nab more than 70 touts involved in making Indian passports from fake voter IDs and Aadhaar cards for alleged Bangladeshi criminals and terror operatives ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:43:00 GMT



E-Passports to Be Issued Next Year

The directorate of Immigration and Passport (I&P) will start issuing e-passports from March 2018, announced Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal here on Wednesday. Director General I&P Usman Bajwa and representative of French company Gemalto singed a contract for ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:14:00 GMT



South Sudan resumes issuing passports after month-long stoppage

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan has resumed issuing passports after its German technology provider shut down the system for a month because the country failed to pay its bills, a senior immigration official said on Thursday. South Sudan's economy has been ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:20:00 GMT



China Expands Recall of Passports to Uyghurs Outside of Xinjiang

Authorities in China have expanded a recall of passports from Uyghurs residing within the northwest region of Xinjiang to include members of the ethnic groups throughout the country, according to sources. Since October 2016, the Public Security Bureau (PSB ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:17:00 GMT



Brit tourists risk missing flights home under new scheme to replace lost passports that will see two-day wait for emergency documents

BRIT travellers who lose their passports could miss flights under a new scheme which will see a TWO DAY wait for an "emergency" replacement. The Foreign Office has introduced a new system in which applications for emergency documents will be processed ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:48:00 GMT



Thai berry pickers speak of seized passports and outsize debt in human trafficking case

A Central Finland entrepreneur is in court on charges of human trafficking over his treatment of berry pickers from Thailand. The Central Finland District Court began hearing the case of a Finnish entrepreneur charged with human trafficking in a sitting ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:33:00 GMT



4,926,532 machine readable passports issued in seven years

As of 15 July 2017, a total of 4,926,532 machine readable passports have been issued since the commencement of the issuance of MRPs in Nepal in December 2010, according to the Department of Passports under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the fiscal ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:01:00 GMT



Govt to issue e-passports from March 2018: Ahsan Iqbal

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal announced on Wednesday that the Passports and Immigration Office will begin issuing e-passports from next year. The contract for the preparation of e-passports had earlier been signed by a representative of private French ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:14:00 GMT



US passports won't reflect Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

by Joel Gehrke | Dec 7, 2017, 5:04 PM Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Email this article Share on LinkedIn Print this article Even after President Trump's Wednesday announcement, U.S. passports for citizens born in Jerusalem won't say they were born in ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:38:00 GMT



Police unearth human trafficking racket in Nairobi, recover passports

Peninah Njau and Passports found in her possession. She and a Rwandese national are facing charges of human trafficking (Photo: Courtesy) Police have unearthed a human trafficking racket that has been operating in Umoja area, Nairobi and recued two ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:39:00 GMT



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