Passport for Cruise to Bahamas
Question: We are planning on taking our 13-year-old grandson on a cruise this summer, probably to the Bahamas. Does he need a passport? It could possibly go to Bermuda but would not go to Europe or such. We would need it by June or July.
U.S. citizens traveling to The Bahamas by sea on private watercraft or most commercial vessels must have a valid passport. Those traveling by sea on an officially-designated “closed-loop cruise”, meaning that the port of entry is the same port as the port of re-entry upon return to the U.S., may enter using a passport, passport card, or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
compliant document, however, it is prudent to obtain a passport before travel in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires a cruise passenger to disembark and return by air. Please verify with your cruise line if your intended cruise is designated a closed-loop cruise
and whether or not you need a passport.
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