The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires all citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer’s identity and nationality to enter or depart the United States from within the Western Hemisphere. While the WHTI requires a valid passport for land and sea travel, a final ruling was issued allowing leniency for “closed-loop” cruises, i.e., sailings that both originate and terminate in the same U.S. port.
U.S. citizens taking “closed-loop” cruises are not required to have a passport, but will need proof of citizenship, such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, a passport card, an enhanced driver’s license (EDL), as well as a government-issued photo ID. Children (ages 18 and younger) also are required to have proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate), and if 19 and older, a photo ID also is required. Canadian and Bermudian citizens are required to have a passport for air, land and sea travel, including all Royal Caribbean cruises.
Although a passport is not required for U.S. citizens taking “closed loop” cruises,we strongly recommend all guests travel with a passport, valid for at least six months beyond completion of the cruise. Having a passport will enable guests to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event they miss their scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if they need to disembark the ship mid-cruise due to an emergency.
U.S. Alien Residents need a valid Alien Resident Card. Non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport and a valid, unexpired U.S. Multiple Re-entry Visa, if applicable.
For more information or to obtain a passport application, visit the U.S. Department of State website.
All guests must present the required documentation at embarkation. Guests without the required documentation will be denied boarding and no refund will be issued. Please understand that RCI will strictly enforce this requirement to be in compliance with this important U.S. Government mandate.
Family Legal Documents: Adults who are not the parent or Legal Guardian of any minor child traveling with them are required to present the child’s valid passport and visa (if required) or the child’s birth certificate (original or certified copy) and an original notarized letter signed by at least one of the child’s parents. The notarized letter from the child’s parent must authorize the traveling adult to take the child on the specific cruise and must authorize the traveling adult to supervise the child and permit any medical treatment that may need to be administered to the child. If a non-parent adult is a Legal Guardian, the adult must present a notarized certificate of Guardianship with respect to the child.
Non-U.S. Citizens will need a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa. If you live in the U.S., you will also need the original copy of your Alien Registration Card (ARC or “Green Card”) and any other documentation the countries on your itinerary require due to your alien status.
Citizens from the Visa Waiver Program countries will require a machine-readable passport valid for the duration of their voyage. A machine-readable passport has a code like this on the bottom of the picture page:
NAHA and the other Released Parties (as herein defined) assume no responsibility for advising you of immigration requirements. Non-U.S. citizens, including resident aliens, must contact the appropriate consulates, embassies and/or immigration office(s) to inquire about necessary documentation for the Cruise’s ports of call.
Your name, as listed on your travel documents, must exactly match your name as listed on your cruise documents.