My husband and I are sailing to the Western Caribbean in Feb. with stops in Belize and Key West. Will we need passports for Belize? Or can we get by with our birth certificates? Any info will help. Thanks.
Suggest you go to the Chit-Chat for Cruisers board and scroll down to the bottom. Click on "Older Messages." Somewhere down on the second page (right now) is a string called "Got Passport?" Check it out.
Chances are you probibaly don't need a passport for those ports yet, not sure, but like Pam says, it does make good sense to have one. For myself, I would not travel anywhere with out mine, one of the best investments I've made :-)
Just in case you do decide to go ahead and get one, here is some info:
You also have plenty of time to get and fill out the application. You'll need 2 photos done when you turn in your application and they will also take your birth cirtificates, but they will come back in the mail along with your completed passport.
Pam is quite right... your t/a should have the answer to that right away for you... the answer being "no", you do not "need" one. A Passport is always the best.... and easiest, especially in these times of heightened security.
Ernie is correct. At the present time you do not need a passport to go to Belieze onboard a cruise ship as they have a special exemption just for them. You DO need a passport to travel to Belize by any other means or if you stay there more than 24 hrs. Now what would happen if something went wrong and you missed your ship or had to remain in-country for longer than that time i don't know but it could get very complicated. As always, best advice is to get a passport.