Does my 6-year-old daughter require a passport to visit Bahamas by cruise?
(Falls Church, Virginia)
Question: My daughter was born in the USA. I am a permanent US resident. My daughter is 6 years old. She has a birth certificate. Does she require a passport to visit The Bahamas by cruise?
Yes, your daughter does require a passport to go on a cruise to the Bahamas UNLESS it is a closed-loop cruise
AND the cruise line does not require it.
U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end at the same port in the U.S.) will be able to enter or depart the country with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate and government-issued photo ID.
A United States citizen age 15 or younger can present either an original or a copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by DOS, or a Certificate of Naturalization issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Please note that your daughter may still be required to present a passport when you dock at a foreign port, depending on the islands or countries that your cruise ship is visiting.
It is best to check with your cruise line
. They can better inform you concerning the documents that are required for the cruise you will be on.
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