As early as January 1, 2008, subject to U.S. Government amendment, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.
Until that time, the following travel document requirements apply:
We strongly recommends that all travel with a valid passport during their cruise. This greatly assists cruise passengers who may need to fly out of the United States to meet their ship at the next available port should they miss their scheduled embarkation in a U.S. port; cruise passengers entering the U.S. at the end of their cruise; and cruise passengers needing to fly to the U.S. before their cruise ends, because of medical, family, personal or business emergencies, missing a ship’s departure from a port of call, involuntary disembarkation from a ship due to misconduct, or other reasons. For additional passport information see the links below.
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.
Note: The requirement does not apply to travel between the United States and its territories.
U.S. territories include the following: Guam, Puerto Rico,
the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Commonwealth
of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The New U.S. Electronic Passport
The proposed U.S. Electronic Passport is the same as a regular
passport with the addition of a small contactless integrated
circuit (computer chip) embedded in the back cover. The chip will
securely store the same data visually displayed on the photo page
of the passport, and will additionally include a digital photograph.
The inclusion of the digital photograph will enable biometric
comparison, through the use of facial recognition technology at
international borders. The U.S. "e-passport" will also have a new
look, incorporating additional anti-fraud and security features
Passports without chips will still be valid for the full extent of their
Design of the New U.S. e-Passport
The new U.S. e-passport will incorporate updated security features
and a new design.. This design will reflect the varied landscapes of
our country and each page will include a quote reflecting the hope
and success that is the United States of America.
The image below is a example of how the data page of the U.S.
New U.S. Passport Card
Front of Passport Card
Back of Card showing PASSsystem:
For additional information from the U.S. Government.
CANADA PASSPORT INFORMATION
MEXICO PASSPORT INFORMATION
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