Passport Requirements for Cruise Sailings

Passport Requirements for Cruise Sailings
Passport requirements changed for all U.S. travelers in 2009, and the requirements for people on cruises became very complicated. Your need for a passport depends on where you embark from, where you return from, and whether it is a one-way or round-trip cruise.

Foreign Ports

A passport is needed for all cruises that stop in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and Antarctica.


If you are on a one-way cruise that embarks in the U.S. and ends in a foreign country, requiring you to fly back, you must have a passport. Similarly, if you are flying to your embarkation city in a foreign country, you must have a passport.

Closed Loop

If your cruise begins and ends in the same U.S. city and is traveling to Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean or Mexico, it is considered a closed loop and no passport is needed, but you must carry a government-issued ID, such as a driver's license.

Domestic Travel

Cruises that originate in and return to Hawaii or U.S. territories do not require a passport.


Even if your cruise does not require a passport, have one in case you miss embarkation and must fly to the next port or if an emergency requires you to fly home.

Article Written By Sam Adams

Sam Adams has been writing since 2009 for various websites, specializing in gardening, travel and green lifestyles. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern Illinois University in 2001 with a major in English and a minor in history.

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