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.

Australia

Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

China

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.

Egypt

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

India

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

Turkey

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

Vietnam

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.