Countries Requiring a Visa for a Cruise

With cruising becoming an increasingly popular way to see the world, it’s essential to have the required documents for your cruise destinations. Some itineraries require a visa in addition to a passport. Be sure to visit Travel. State. Gov before your trip for valuable information and helpful tips. The quickest way to check if you need a visa is to search for the country you will be visiting. Once you enter the country, click on Quick Facts and scroll down to Exit and Visa Requirements. Most popular cruise destinations such as the eastern and western Caribbean and the Mediterranean do not require a visa, but more exotic destinations may. Here is a list of popular cruise destinations requiring visas in addition to passports.


Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)


China does require a visa, but there are travel exemptions so check with your travel agent. Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) requires special permits for tourist travel usually attained through a Chinese travel agent.


You must have a visa. Check out this site for more information.


Visa or visit the Indian government’s website for electronic applications.


Cruises to Turkey do require a visa. Visit the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey for current visa permits.


When you apply for a visa to enter Vietnam, be sure to request the visa category that corresponds to your purpose of travel.  As they differ depending on river and ocean cruises.  Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information.




No Passport. No Problem: Cruise to These Destinations Without a Passport

If you’re thinking taking a cruise but don’t have a passport, don’t worry. You can still take an exciting vacation to many dream worthy destinations without one. Referred to as a closed loop cruise, Caribbean itineraries that begin and end in U.S. ports typically do not require a passport; however you will still need to have proof of citizenship and if you are over the age 16, a government-issued photo ID. Be sure to check before signing up for a cruise as there are a few Caribbean locations that do require a passport, such as Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Bart’s and Martinique. But here are a few great options to consider in the meantime.

Puerto Rico

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As a U.S. territory, you are not required to have a passport to visit Puerto Rico, but you do need a valid government ID such as a driver’s license. Nestled in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico’s vast landscape offers mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque rainforest. Stroll down the historic streets of Old San Juan, relax on the sun-kissed beaches of Esperanza Beach, and explore the vibrant nightlife of La Placita de Santurce.

U.S Virgin Islands (USVI)

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Since the USVI is also U.S. Territory, you do not need a passport to travel to St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix.  Each of the three islands in the Eastern Caribbean has a flavor all their own. St. Thomas boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and a vibrant nightlife scene.  A nature lover’s paradise, two-thirds of St. John is a made up of a natural park. And, with St. Croix’s Danish influence, expect charming towns, rich history, and world-class golf.

The Bahamas

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The archipelago of more than 700 islands and islets brimming with idyllic beaches make an all-around excellent cruise destination. No passport required. Pink sand beaches and turquoise waters make for some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world, and if you want to lounge on the beach to the sound of steel drum bands, the Bahamas is the place!

Alaska & Western Canada

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Trade in a beach escape for exploring the Last Great Frontier with a cruise to Alaska and western Canada. The cozy atmosphere of a wilderness lodge, salmon fishing and panning for gold are just a few of thrilling adventures awaiting in the beautiful frontier.

New England & Eastern Canada

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Take in the rugged New England Coast, the beauty of Prince Charles Island, and history of Boston on a New England and Canadian cruise. Plan your trip for the fall when mother nature puts on a spectacular show with her vibrant fall foliage and crisp autumn air.

We hope this sparks your interest in planning a cruise until you can obtain a passport. But remember you can also apply for a U.S. Passport card. Airlines will not accept passport cards for travel, but you can use them for land and sea entry into the U.S. from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean and they cost less than a passport.

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