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Old March 2nd, 2010, 09:06 PM
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Is a passport needed to sail to the Caribbean and/or Cozumel?
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 09:24 PM
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If the cruise is what they refer to a closed loop...meaning it begins and ends in the United States then no, you do not need a passport. You do however need proof of citizenship, such as a certified birth certificate and an approved form of identification.

My suggestion is that even if you aren't required to have one, get one anyway and don't forget trip insurance.

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Old March 3rd, 2010, 10:01 AM
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Thanks, Beenie.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 07:19 PM
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Is a passport needed to sail to the Caribbean and/or Cozumel?
I strongly recommend getting a passport, even if it is not strictly required.

>> 1. You must have both (1) proof of citizenship and (2) proof of identity for all foreign travel. A passport is the only document that meets both requirements.

>> 2. The staff who examine your documents, both at check-in and upon entry into a foreign country, can scan a passport much more quickly than they can enter information from the alternate documents into their computers. Thus, you'll get through the administrative processes more quickly.

>> 3. If an emergency arises at home that forces you to cut your trip short, you will need a passport to fly back to the United States. A U. S. embassy can issue a temporary passport that's valid for one return to the United States, but the nearest embassy may be on a different island and the process may take a couple days -- not exactly the inconvenience that you want if there is a real emergency.

So do yourself a favor. Get a passport and bring it with you.

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Old March 3rd, 2010, 07:48 PM
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Beenie is right: a passport AND trip insurance.

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Old March 3rd, 2010, 09:35 PM
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I would suggest that a passport be carried. If you had to return to the US from ant island or Cozumel you probably will require a passport to re enter or even board a p[lane.

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Old March 4th, 2010, 09:26 AM
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If the cruise begins and ends in the same U.S. port and only visits Mexico, Canada and "most" Caribbean islands then you don't need a passport. You will need a government issued birth certificate and government issued picture ID (Drivers license).

As others have said: It is best to get the passport and trip insurance. It will make your conscience clearer and your travel easier. However, neither are "required".

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