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What travel documents are required for cruises from United States ports?


The following requirements are for sailings from a United States port to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Alaska, Panama Canal and Mexico.

United States and Canadian Citizens:

You MUST have one of the following:

– OR –

  • Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) or Trusted Travel Documents. Click here for a list of all approved documents.

Puerto Rican Citizens:

Birth certificates from Puerto Rico issued prior to 1 July 2010 are not valid forms of proof of citizenship and are not accepted by US Customs and Border Protection. Guests from Puerto Rico either need to present a WHTI-compliant document or a government-issued photo ID with a validated birth certificate issued after 1 July 2010.

The Government of Puerto Rico has partnered with document provider VitalChek to provide an expedited method for ordering new birth certificates. To apply through this method please visit:  www.vitalchek.com. Vital Check also offers a bilingual call centre available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Processing and delivery fees apply. To apply through this method please call: 1800 754 500 (AU) or 0800 102 123 (NZ).


  • United States citizens on cruises that begin and end at the same port in the United States can use an original government-issued picture ID (i.e. driving licence) AND an original government-issued birth certificate or original Naturalisation Certificate.
  • Minors under the age of 16 will be able to present either an original government-issued, original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate; a Consular Report of Birth Abroad Issued by DOA; or Certificate of Naturalisation issued by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Note: Baptismal papers and hospital certificates of birth are NOT acceptable. Military identification cards, voter registration cards or National Insurance cards are NOT considered proof of citizenship.

United States Permanent Residents:

You MUST have the following:

  • United States Permanent Resident Card. Click here for additional information.

- AND -

  • A passport from your home country is strongly recommended.

Canadian Legal Residents:

You MUST have the following:

  • Passport from your home country.

- AND -

  • Original copy of your Permanent Resident Card (PR Card), formerly the IMM 1000.

- AND -

  • Multiple entry United States visa (if applicable).

All Other Nationalities:

You MUST have the following:

  • Passport from your home country.

- AND -

  • Multiple entry United States visa (if applicable).

All non-U.S. or Canadian passport holders should contact the Embassy (Consular Services) of each country on your cruise or VisaCentral for specific visa requirements, information, forms and fees for your nationality. Visa Central is the passport and visa service that we recommend, should our guests need passport and visa assistance. You may contact Visa Central for all your passport needs. VisaCentral can obtain passports in as little as one day. US Residents, please contact VisaCentral online at www.visacentral.com/royalcaribbean, email rci@visacentral.com or call +1 800 858 8579, and be sure to reference Royal Caribbean account 44988 for reduced-service fees. Canada residents, please contact www.visacentral.ca/royalcaribbean, email rci@visacentral.com or call +1 8888 665 9956, and be sure to reference Royal Caribbean account 10026 for reduced service fees.

You may also contact your travel adviser or local Royal Caribbean International office for further assistance.

It is the responsibility of the guest to identify, obtain and present the necessary visas before the start of their cruise holiday. Requirements vary based on the guest’s nationality and countries visiting during the cruise. The following resources may be of assistance to guests in determining if a visa is required:

Please note that the most recent visa requirements for non-United States guests sailing on an Alaskan itinerary require a Canadian visa to participate in the cruise. Click here to get more details. 

No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation.

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