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Old March 12th, 2007, 11:58 PM
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I was told that you can cruise with a birth cert and valid drivers license until jan 2008. Anybody done this?
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I was told that you can cruise with a birth cert and valid drivers license until jan 2008. Anybody done this?
You can cruise to the Caribbean/Mexican Riviera. Not Alaska, if you fly into/out of Vancouver. Currently, you need a passport if you enter/exit Canada/Mexico/some Caribbean ports by air. The date [and exact details about them] regarding cruise pax needing Passports has already changed multple times. As such, most still suggest getting a Passport.
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Jleg is right
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BUt you can still use birth cert and driver's license for Nassau/st thomas/st marteen if you do not have a passport?
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It's still a good idea to get a passport. If something happens and you need to fly back to the United States, you need a passport at the airport.

I hear that they will investigate and allow airport passage back under extreme circumstances but it could be a real hassle.
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My BF and I used our birth certificates last week on our cruise. If you have the 10 weeks and the money get the passport. We saw 6 people get left in Mexico and could not travel back by plane without the passport. My BF and I will be a applying for our in the next few weeks. Carla
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BUt you can still use birth cert and driver's license for Nassau/st thomas/st marteen if you do not have a passport?
Yes...under today's rules. Now tomorrow...potentially a different story
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Thanks jleg. It seems like noone was actually answering yes or no. I understand that it will be a good idea to get a passport also, but I was also told that you can still use a birth cert and driver's license.
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You are eventually going to need one so why not do it now and avoid any potential problems. A passport is good for ten years so the cost per year is very little. Once you have one it is even less to have it renewed.
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You are eventually going to need one so why not do it now and avoid any potential problems. A passport is good for ten years so the cost per year is very little. Once you have one it is even less to have it renewed.
I fully understand that, and I agree, but when you are traveling 6 to a family it can get costly for some people especially if the cruise was planned on a short notice. But again I do agree with you.
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Yes, you can use an official US birth Certificate with a raised seal and Drivers License until at least Jan 1 2008.

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html

As early as January 1, 2008, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. While recent legislative changes permit a later deadline, the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working to meet all requirements as soon as possible. Ample advance notice will be provided to enable the public to obtain passports or passport cards for land/sea entries.
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we were also told that. My friend does not have a passport. They told us that you CAN cruise with a birth cert. and license.
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we were also told that. My friend does not have a passport. They told us that you CAN cruise with a birth cert. and license.
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Yes, you can "cruise" without a passport. As long as you enter the U.S. by sea, a birth certificate will do until January 2008. If you need to re-enter the U.S. by air, you need a passport now.
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My wife and I were on Valor last week went to Isla Roatan, Belize, and Costa maya. We used our birth certs. (raised seal) and drivers licence no problems
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