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Old March 7th, 2008, 05:57 PM
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I'm very confused .

One agent tells me we do not need passports or passcards and another tells me we do and then another says just get the passcard.

We've got some first time travelers in our group who don't have passports and don't really have the extra money to get it if it is not a requirement. I'm not sure what to tell them.

Any advice???
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icamcoh, I was told to cruise now you HAVE to have your passports.... Maybe the following will help...
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The U.S. Government will soon require all of our guests (including U.S. citizens) to be in possession of a valid passport when traveling on any Carnival cruise. To make sure you are prepared at your departure port, visit www.travel.state.gov for the latest and exact passport requirements.
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The passport for land and sea travel doesn't go into effect until summer of this year. If you fly out of the country, then you will need to obtain a passport right away. But if you are cruising to the Caribbean or Mexico, as long as you are going before the summer (not sure what month) then you will not need one yet. Cruising in a few weeks and spoke with the passport agency myself just to make sure.

Hope that helps a little.
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remember if you miss your ship in port (it happens a lot lol) or get sick and need to fly back, or have an emergency, your screwed without the passport. Its only a go to sail, not to fly. So pray nothing happens while your on vacation WITHOUT a passport.

The longer you wait to get the passport the longer it will take. We had ours in 3 weeks, but there has been waits as long as 4 months.

Its inevitable that everyone will need a passport to travel anywhere soon, so if its possible, go ahead and get it asap.
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Visit the US Dept Of State website:

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


These are the official current rules:

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The following summarizes information available on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.

CURRENTLY:
U.S. citizens need to present either (a) a passport, passport card (available in spring 2008), or WHTI-compliant document; or (b) a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, along with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

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As early as June 1, 2009, the U.S. government will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card, or WHTI-compliant document.

So for now, a birth certificate and driver's license will suffice.



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Thank you for all your help.

They've been saying for years now your going to need a passport but they keep putting it off.

If they would set a date and stick with it there would be no confusion..
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Thank you for all your help.

They've been saying for years now your going to need a passport but they keep putting it off.

If they would set a date and stick with it there would be no confusion..
That's true.
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Regardless of the current legal requirement, for the reasons mentioned by nurseypoo among a great many others, you are always better off with the passport. Considering that they are good for ten years, it's a fairly minimal expense.
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I have been told it is better to leave passport on ship when in port. But what happens if you should (heaven forbid ) miss the ship and your passport is still on ship How would you fly out of port to catch up with ship



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You should have a copy of your passport's main pages. On many cruises the ship will collect the passports and the immigration authorities from the country you are visiting will come aboard and check all the passports before the ship is cleared and anyone is let off. So you never even see your passport for much of the cruise. In Russia, we had to come down, get our passports then appear before the immigration officials with them then put them back before they would clear the ship. I think it was Russia, might have been China or Japan.
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