Yesterday, the Departments of Homeland Security and of State issued the final rulemaking concerning the requirements of passports for land and sea border crossings under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. After years of development following 9/11, this ruling is the end of the process and can be considered FINAL when helping your clients ensure they have the proper identification when traveling.
Effective June 1, 2009, the following rules take effect for cruise passengers:
U.S. citizens on cruise voyages that begin and end at the same U.S. port (closed-loop itineraries) must show proof of citizenship* and government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license). A passport will not be required for passengers that fall into this category.
*Documents include: Original or certified copy of birth certificate; Naturalization papers; Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by Department of State
All other passengers and/or itineraries (such as cruises which begin in one U.S. port and return to a different U.S. port or any cruise that begins or ends in a foreign port) will require a passport or other recognized document. For a list of accepted documents, see www.travel.state.gov.
The good news for a majority of cruise passengers – American citizens that leave and return on their cruise from the same U.S. port – is that the travel document requirements will remain largely unchanged from how the industry is operating today.
CLIA continues to encourage travelers to obtain passports to allow the broadest travel opportunities. Your clients can visit www.travel.state.gov to obtain information on how to apply at more than 9,000 passport acceptance facilities in the United States.
So what your saying is, if say a person left on the Inspiration out of Tampa and came back to Tampa they won't need a passport?? Would they need a passport if they got off the ship in Grand Caymen or Cozumel?? Just wondering as we would like to take my monster in law on a curise this winter 2009 and for her to get a passport would be a big expense for her. Thanks, Lynn
Thanks for sharing this information. It is still a good idea to get a passport...... Just incase you need to return by air for what ever reason. Plus if you have a passport you can jump on that last minute deal for a cruise that might require a passport.........
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Traveling with a passport makes it so much easier. I do the online check in and put in all of my information, show up at the terminal, and breeze through the embarkation process. Never had a problem. I don't take my passport off the ship for any reason but should I ever need to get back via other mode of transportation then I would have it available. I
So what your saying is, if say a person left on the Inspiration out of Tampa and came back to Tampa they won't need a passport?? Would they need a passport if they got off the ship in Grand Caymen or Cozumel??
If they return at the end of their day there...no Passport needed. If the ship sails without them...Passport needed
Seems to have worked well for the casual or first time cruiser. If one cruises or travels more then I recommend you get a passport. It will speed thing up for you and others when you go through customs.
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For once being a habitual procrastinator paid off.... saved 100 bucks that can be spent on shoes.
8) I'm with you! More $$ for shoes ha-ha. My Dh has been on my back to get a passport...he has had one for many years. I have been cheap. I was all set to bite the bullet and what did he do??? He "forced" me to book another cruise!
The nerve of him! (JUst kidding) So now our ship leaves in 59 days.... I may send for a new birth cert and try to send for it any way. We have another cruise in July as well, so I will have it by then for sure.