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Old July 28th, 2006, 12:31 PM
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When completing my information online for our cruise, the system told me "a passport is required for this cruise."

I know that the requirements for passports change as of 1/1/07 but I am wondering if Princess has already made the switch?

Do I or don't I need a passport?
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Old July 28th, 2006, 07:08 PM
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Hi Jennifer!
It sounds like you are going to ports that require a passport. If Princess says you need one, you may not be able to board without it. . .

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Old July 28th, 2006, 09:20 PM
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Hi Jennifer,

Here's the link to the passport info on Princess:

http://www.princess.com/answer/ready.html

It doesn't look to me like you need a passport, but, as SharB said, if Princess says you need one you'd better go ahead and get it! You have plenty of time now. If you wait much longer it may take months to get your passport since everyone else will soon "discover" that they can't re-enter the US without one!

I'd suggest that you check with Princess or your TA to be sure. You don't want to show up at the pier and be denied boarding !
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I wound up calling Princess for something else entirely and asked about the passport thing. She said we do NOT need one for a November sailing. One WILL be required for any ships sailing whose return date will be after 12/30 (the day passports become required for everything!)

We might still get them, but at least we know we don't *have* to get them in case time does run out on us
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I wound up calling Princess for something else entirely and asked about the passport thing. She said we do NOT need one for a November sailing. One WILL be required for any ships sailing whose return date will be after 12/30 (the day passports become required for everything!)

We might still get them, but at least we know we don't *have* to get them in case time does run out on us
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Customs checked everyone's passport when I returned to the dock on a tour boat from St. John.

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Old August 8th, 2006, 09:30 AM
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Until 12/31/06 you will not need a passport. After that you will.

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Customs checked everyone's passport when I returned to the dock on a tour boat from St. John.
Your birth certificate and photo id would also have been sufficient in this situation. St. John is a U.S. Territory and requires you to show your passport or other documentation if you have not first cleared in St.
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Did you tender from the ship, directly to St. John?

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"....... We think it’s unlikely that the initiative will go into effect as currently written, however. Officials in both the U.S. and Canada have raised concerns about the law’s effect on tourism, and the two countries are reportedly working on a new international identification card that would be less expensive than a passport.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate has voted to delay the land border requirement until June 1, 2009. (The bill has not yet been voted on by the House.) The Senate legislation also requires that before the program can go into effect, secure card readers will be installed at all entry ports to speed up processing. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who co-sponsored the new bill, described the original initiative as a “train wreck on the horizon.?

Since it’s unclear how this story will unfold over the next few months, you should consider applying for a passport if you don’t already have one and you’re thinking about crossing the border next year. Be sure to plan ahead, as it takes about six weeks to process a new passport application (you can get one in as little as two weeks for an additional fee). You may not be surprised to learn that the U.S. government, just like our lawmakers, typically works at a snail’s pace........... "

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If you can afford to do it, get your passport now. Don't put it off...it's an important document to get for traveling. I wouldn't think twice!!
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jvattes,

I wound up calling Princess for something else entirely and asked about the passport thing. She said we do NOT need one for a November sailing. One WILL be required for any ships sailing whose return date will be after 12/30 (the day passports become required for everything!)

We might still get them, but at least we know we don't *have* to get them in case time does run out on us


That's certainly good news, but check your informaiton on Princess's web site to ensure that your citizenship appears correctly. The status of "passport required" might have appeared because somebody's citizenship accidentlally toggled to from "United States" to "United Kindgom" or "Vanuatu"....

You really do have plenty of time to get passports if you start the process now. It's really quite easy if you are U. S. citizens.

>> 1. Get a certified birth certificate (with raised seal) or a certified copy of your naturalization papers.

>> 2. Stop by a camera shop that does passport photos and get one set.

>> 3. Go to the "Passport" window at your local post office during "Passport" hours with your proof of citizenship, your passport photos, and your driver's licene (or other official ID), fill out the application completely, and give all three items to the passport clerk at the post office.

The postal clerk designated to process passport applications will take it from there. Your passport will arrive in the mail in about six to eight weeks unless the passport office needs additional documentation.

I should mention that glitches do happen occasionally. When my mom applied for her first passport, a glitch in her birth record surfaced. Apparently the doctor failed to submit the information to the local clerk, so the birth was recorded several years later. Instead of a passport, she received a letter from the passport office requesting additional documentaton in the form of something like a baptismal record that would verify the approximate date of her birth and the record from the Census Bureau showing her name on the first federal census after her birth. She could obtain her baptismal record fairly easily, but she had to write to the Census Bureau and wait a few more weeks for a copy of the census record before resubmitting the package, then wait again for the passport. I don't wish these snags on anybody, but time is definitely on the side of those who encounter them. If you apply now, while planning a trip that you can take on other documentation if necessary, you'll have your passport in plenty of time for a future cruise or other trip that really will require it.

BTW, these snags don't arise on renewals because a previous passport provides the required documetnation, even if expired.

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Better safe than sorry. I would get the passport anyway right now. You are going to need it in the future anyway to leave the United States to go anywhere, so I would just get it done & overwith.
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