PASSPORT AND AGE REQUIREMENTS
PASSPORT & LEGAL DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) Passport Requirements became effective June 1, 2010, for land and sea borders. 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 are also required to bring proof of citizenship, and if 16 and over, a photo ID is also required. Canadian and Bermudian citizens are required to have a passport for air, land and sea travel.
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 travel). 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; without a valid passport, this may not be permitted by the appropriate government.
For more information, a complete list of WITH-compliant documents or to obtain a passport application, visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html.
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 www.travel.state.gov.
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 MSC Cruises 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 must be administered to the child. If a non-parent adult is a Legal Guardian, the adult must present a certified certificate of Guardianship with respect to the child.
You 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:
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.
Infants must be at least 6 months old at the time of sailing.
Guests under the age of 21 must be traveling with a parent or responsible adult AND must be booked in the same stateroom or a connecting cabin.
Guests under the age of 21, traveling with a guardian 21 years or older, (who is not a parent, grandparent or court-appointed legal guardian), MUST bring an original signed, notarized letter from the absent parent/legal guardian authorizing the minor to travel with the appointed guardian and to permit the guardian to authorize medical treatment that might be needed by the minor. This will expedite processing by the Department of Homeland Security.
Please note that adult guests are responsible for the safety and behavior of their minor guests.
Guest ages will be verified at embarkation. Guests not conforming to this policy will be denied boarding and assessed a 100% cancellation penalty. NO exceptions will be made at embarkation.