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Old September 14th, 2001, 12:34 AM
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Hi, I hope someone can help me. We will be going on the Golden 10/27. My question is: Does anyone know if a U.S. legal resident needs a visa to visit this Island? I have been looking on the web have asked a few TA's in my area and nobody seems to know the answer. Hope someone here can help me.
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Old September 14th, 2001, 02:13 AM
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Try this : http://www.st-maarten.com/demogs.html

click on fact sheet.
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Old September 14th, 2001, 10:33 AM
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Hi Glenda -

We visited St. Maarten/St. Martin in July. We needed to provide proof of citizenship to get onboard the Grand, but did not have to show anything after that point in time.

Make sure you have either your passport or birth certificate - and if it is a birth certificate it must be an original with the raised seal.

Hope this helps and happy sailing,

Andrea
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Old September 14th, 2001, 07:11 PM
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No, you do not need a visa. When you board the ship you show them either a passport or a certified birth certificate and picture ID.
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Old September 15th, 2001, 11:00 AM
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You only need to provide proof of citizenship for the ship, they have never checked anything on the island.
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Old September 15th, 2001, 11:19 PM
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Glenda,

To travel to Canada, to Mexico, or to any of the Caribbean Islands except Cuba, citizens and permanent residents of the United States need only

>> 1. Proof of citizenship or permanent residence and

>> 2. Official photo identification issued by a government agency.

A passport supplies both, and thus is the preferred document for travel to these countries. Other acceptable proof of citizenship includes an official birth certificate (with raised seal) or naturalization papers. I believe that a "Green Card" suffices for proof of permanent residence. Other acceptable photo identification includes -- but is not limited to -- a driver's license, a voter identification card, a military identification card, and an official credentials of employment issued by a government agency. I have heard that an expired passport is also valid as identification, though I have not verified this.

Citizens and permanent residents of the United States do not require visas to travel to Canada, to Mexico, or to any of the Caribbean islands except Cuba.

Each country obviously has the right to inspect your travel documents upon arrival, but most Caribbean islands don't bother because they know that the cruise lines check each passenger's travel documents at embarkation.

Have a great cruise!

Norm.
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Old September 17th, 2001, 01:52 AM
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Thank you all for your help. Norm, You have given me the answer I have been looking for, thanks so much, FINALLY, I can relax about that. Now I can only pray that we can still cruise at the end of Oct. due to the awful circumstances in our nation.
Glenda
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