Passports For Cruises Is Now A Necessity

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Going on vacation is something that everyone looks forward to doing. Going on a cruise raises that level of excitement even more, as it is often the first and only time that people are going on a boat this large and actually leaving the country. However, anyone doing this should know the new travel laws that require passports for cruises.

The traveler that is only traveling within the United States borders will still not need a passport. International travel, regardless of where it goes, will generally require that every passenger has a passport in order to be able to get off of the boat in the varying countries. It is always best to do some research and see exactly what travel laws are pertinent to the trip that is being considered.

First and foremost, everyone needs to understand that many of the travel laws have changed quite dramatically over the last year or so. Prior to June 2009, there was no need to have a passport to travel to places like Mexico or Canada. Because of many of the events over the last ten years or so, these rules have now changed.

Obviously, anyone traveling to a foreign country, meaning a one way trip, would need to have a passport. However, there is still some flexibility in play for round trip cruises, depending on the destination. In most cases, the rules of the trip will be posted on the same pages that the cruise is listed on. If it is not, it would be best to check with the travel agent directly.

Additionally, people who are traveling to a different country to start their cruise are going to need a passport. For instance, someone taking a cruise to Italy would not be leaving out of Miami. Because they may have to travel to Spain or Greece from the outset to get on their ship, a passport would be required to get into the other country and of course, to return home.

Currently, there are cruises available that are known as "closed loop." Basically, this means that the cruise starts at one point and returns to the very same point. This is actually what most of us would end up going on, unless we were taking a ship to move to another country. Because these voyages start and end in the same port, there are rules in place that pertain to only this type of travel.

Passports for closed loop voyages may not always be required. This break in passport regulations pertains to very few places when traveling from a United States port and it recommended that you double check before traveling to make sure that you can get on and off the boat without a valid passport. However, even though they may not be required, it is always a safe bet to have it, just in case.

Passports for cruises can sometimes be a tricky thing, but it is always best to err on the side of safety. Even if the traveler is only going on a trip to the Caribbean or other US Territory, it is a safe bet for travelers to bring their passports as a secondary form of identification. Use the Boy Scout motto of being prepared to avoid any problems that may occur.

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