International travel involves a host of confusing issues when it comes to the documentation needed to enter and depart foreign countries. In addition to a valid passport, some countries require tourist or visitor visas that may involve an application process and fee.
Do I Need a Visa on My Cruise?
It depends where you come from as many popular cruise destinations such as the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Alaska and Western Mediterranean do not require visas. But ships that call on more exotic destinations might include visits to a country where you'd need a visa to enter. In addition, there are some destinations where independent travelers need a visa, but cruise travelers or cruise travelers on licensed tours do not.
How do I obtain a cruise visa?
Once you determine that you need one or more visas for your cruise, the next step is getting them. There are relatively few countries where the cruise line will assist passengers in obtaining the necessary visa prior to arrival. You can usually find this information by searching your cruise line's website for the country name and the word "visa" or by calling the cruise line directly.
There are two main ways to obtain a visa. Apply directly with the country by going through its consulate, or by using a third-party visa service. Both the U.S. and Canadian government sites provide links to the appropriate websites for visa application forms for countries that require them. Your travel agent may also be able to assist you
Visa & Passport Information
It is essential for US citizens to possess a passport, valid for at least six months beyond the date of your return air ticket. For details on how to obtain a passport please log onto https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm or inquire at your nearest Post Office.
Always keep a separate note of your passport number, place and date of issue, or preferably a photocopy of the back pages, packed separately from your passport. We also recommended that you leave a copy with a friend in the back home and that you carry with you another form of identification (such as a driving licence).
Please check carefully if you need a visa as neither Global Vacation or contact the relevant consulate or embassy for further advice. Visa costs are not generally included in our prices and may change without notice. Obtaining a visa is your responsibility, please do not leave your application until the last minute.
What should I consider when booking a cruise visiting international ports?
Passport, visa and inoculation regulations may vary by destination and may change from time to time. For your protection, we recommend that your passport expiration date not occur within six (6) months of the sailing termination date.
It is the sole responsibility of the guest to obtain and have available when necessary the appropriate valid travel and health documents such as passports, visas, vaccination certificates, etc., that are necessary for air travel, disembarkation at the various ports of call and re-entry into the appropriate country of origin.
Based on nationality, many countries still require an entry visa. It is the guests' responsibility to identify and to obtain all the necessary visas before commencing their cruise.