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michellandtim October 11th, 2006 03:20 PM

Bahamas entry question
 
I thought that I only needed a birth certificate and drivers licence to enter the Bahamas, but I just read somewhere that I need a copy of my marriage licence.

Has anyone ever heard of this or had any problems?

Thanks,
Michell

Irish Shark October 11th, 2006 03:37 PM

I think that the ship will take care of this. But here it is ....

"CURRENT REQUIREMENTS:

To enter The Bahamas, U.S. citizens need one of the three documents listed below, accompanied by a return or onward journey ticket and proof of funds to support the visit. Stays not to exceed eight months.

NOTE:

A married woman whose birth certificate does not match her Government issued identification should also bring along her marriage license.If you are using an electronic ticket, please show Immigration a copy of your travel itinerary and ticket number.
Passport
Current or expired (up to a maximum of five years since expiration date).

OR

Official Birth Certificate
For persons 17 years of age and older:
An original certificate issued by the U.S. Govt. or court-certified copy (raised or ink seal) is required, accompanied by an Official Photo ID issued by the U.S. Govt. (driver’s license, or voter's card). Current and expired IDs are accepted. Student Photo ID alone is not acceptable as adequate documentation. "

http://www.bahamas.com/bahamas/about...ectionid=59196

Rev22:17 October 11th, 2006 06:45 PM

Michell,

I thought that I only needed a birth certificate and drivers licence to enter the Bahamas, but I just read somewhere that I need a copy of my marriage licence.

Has anyone ever heard of this or had any problems?


Basically, you are correct. The catch is that you need additional documentation to explain any difference in name between your birth certificate, your photo id, and your ticket. If the reason for the difference is marriage, a marriage certificate would suffice. If it's a legal change of name, you'll need a copy of the court decree.

Norm.

LisaK October 12th, 2006 09:41 AM

i have brought mine just in case, have not been asked for it. Won't need it because i will have my passport.

Mardijo October 24th, 2006 01:46 PM

my husband & i have cruised 5 times and i have never brought my marriage license. always just had my birth cert & drivers license - never been questioned. now we have passports so no longer an issue but i can't imagine anyone would need a marriage license in addition.

Irish Shark October 24th, 2006 01:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mardijo
my husband & i have cruised 5 times and i have never brought my marriage license. always just had my birth cert & drivers license - never been questioned. now we have passports so no longer an issue but i can't imagine anyone would need a marriage license in addition.

How do you explain the difference in the names?

Mardijo October 25th, 2006 01:14 PM

They've never even asked about the difference in names. My guess is they already realize many women, not all, but many, are going to be married which would mean most of the time, a different last name. Even when we've traveled other than cruise, I've never brought my marriage license along. Always had just used drivers license & birth certificate -- never been denied entry to any other country or denied entry back to the US!

shura October 26th, 2006 07:41 PM

If you are visiting Bahamas on a cruise ship, it is not cosidered entering Bahamas and you don't need any documents other than for your cruise.

Royal October 26th, 2006 08:10 PM

IF you have a passport do you still need to bring your marriage certificate?

Fern October 26th, 2006 08:59 PM

Hi Royal,

No, if you have a passport you don't need anything else. Just one of the great things about having a passport :) ! Just be sure that your name on the cruise booking is the exact same name as you have on your passport.

For instance, if your name on your passport is "Royal S. Doe" you should book your cruise as "Royal S. Doe", not "Royal Doe".

Royal October 26th, 2006 09:04 PM

ah, thank you Fern, now I have to go check to see if when I booked my cruise if I have it exactly as my passport. I kinda think that I left out my middle initial on the cruise and have it on my pass port....or I might even have my full middle name on my passport......so would that be a problem.


thank you

Royal October 26th, 2006 09:08 PM

I have another dumb question, not real sure how to word it. Maybe I should start a new topic but here goes.

WE are currently booked on a cruise for August 2007. I would like to know what is the dead line to possibly add one more person on. I don't want to add this person on yet. It will be a friend for my son and I want to wait and see if they are still going to be friends as we get closer to the date of sailing, how does one do this. Also, that friend is a minor and what do I need document wise?


Thanks again,

paradise October 26th, 2006 09:24 PM

Royal,
If you have a double cabin, you cannot add another person. Your deadline is just before the last triple cabin is sold....you would be better off booking the triple and get the cancel insurance if the friend doesn't go.

If you take a minor other than your own child you will need a passport and notoraized letter from both of the parents giving you permission to take the child and seek medical attention if necessary.

Royal October 26th, 2006 09:32 PM

Not sure what you mean when you say double cabin. I am currently booked in the owners suite?

paradise October 26th, 2006 09:48 PM

sorry missed the owners suite part.....then it depends on how many passengers are allowed in the suite and how many you already have booked....you should contact your travel agent

Fern October 27th, 2006 10:40 PM

Hi Royal,

The only problem would be if the ship is full. Even if you have extra beds, if the ship is totally booked, you can't use them :( . There's a limit on the number of passengers per ship.

I'd suggest that you book for the extra person. If your son's best friend won't be his best friend when you go, he'll probably have an new best friend!

Fern October 27th, 2006 10:41 PM

Here's the consent form you need:

CONSENT FOR MINOR CHILDREN TO TRAVEL



Date:_____________________

I (we):_____________________________________________ _________________

authorize my/our minor child(ren):_______________________________________ ____

to travel to:_________________________________ on:_________________________

aboard Airline/Flight Number:________________________________________

and/or Cruise Ship:_____________________________________________ with:

__________________________________________________ __________. Their expected

date of return is _______________________.

In addition, I (we) authorize:______________________________________ to consent

to any necessary routine or emergency medical treatment during the aforementioned trip.



Signed:_________________________________ (Parent)

Signed:_________________________________ (Parent)

Address:________________________________________

_______________________________________________

Telephone:______________________________________



Sworn to and signed before me, a Notary Public,

this _______ day of _______________, 20____

________________________________________
Notary Public Signature and Seal
________________________________________

Royal October 29th, 2006 07:48 PM

Thanks Fern....perfect....now how do I obtain this form do I get from Royal Caribbean cruise line or can I just copy the form you posted?


thank you so much..........

Fern October 29th, 2006 09:46 PM

Hi Royal,

As far as I know, the document I posted will do, as long as it notarized.

From the RCL site:


Quote:

Family Legal Documents:
Adults who are not the parent or Legal Guardian of any minor child traveling with them are required to present the child's valid passport and visa (if required) or the child's birth certificate (original, a notarized copy or a certified copy) and an original notarized letter signed by at least one of the child's parents. The notarized letter from the child's parent must authorize the traveling adult to take the child on the specific cruise and must authorize the traveling adult to supervise the child and permit any medical treatment that must be administered to the child. If a non-parent adult is a Legal Guardian, the adult must present a certified certificate of Guardianship with respect to the child.
Here's the link:

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/custom...nk:10ktdmods#7


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