Caribbean Passport Requirements

Caribbean Passport Requirements
When traveling outside the country, it is always a good idea to become familiar with the passport requirements and their implications. Traveling to the islands of the Caribbean is considered to be international travel and there are certain passport requirements.


The passport requirements for the Caribbean fall under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which considers the following as the Caribbean region: Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Turks and Caicos.

Air Travel

When traveling by air to the Caribbean, U.S. citizens are required to show a valid passport book or other valid travel documents to re-enter the United States.

Land and Sea Travel

When traveling to the Caribbean by land or sea, U.S. citizens are required to show a valid passport book, passport card or other valid travel documents to re-enter the United States. The passport card is only valid for land and sea travel between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean region and Bermuda.

Valid Travel Documents

Travelers can show the following to officials as valid documentation to re-enter the United States when traveling by land or sea from the Caribbean region: trusted traveler cards, state-issued enhanced driver's license, enhanced tribal cards, U.S. military identification with military travel orders, U.S. Merchant Marine document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business, Native American tribal photo identification card and a Form I-872 American Indian card.


Children under the age of 16 who are traveling between the land and sea borders of the U.S. and the Caribbean are allowed to present only a U.S. birth certificate. The birth certificate can be either the original or a copy.

Article Written By Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen is an aspiring writer from New Jersey who focuses on international relations and political theory. He has been writing seriously for over five years. His bachelor's degree is in political science with a minor in history.

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