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my family wants to go on a cruise

by Linda
(Toledo, Ohio)

Question: My husband cannot get a passport because he owes past child support. He has been paying faithfully over 23 years.


We really want to go on a Disney cruise but was told he cannot get a passport. We cannot afford to put down a big payment like the people on the phone told us and we were told that even if we did put a big payment down it not guaranteed to get him a passport.

Why can't they release his name to get a passport when he has been paying faithfully for over 20 years.

Answer: By law, American citizens cannot obtain a passport if they owe $2500 or more in back child support.

Note, a passport is not required for closed-loop cruises. A closed-loop cruise is one that begins and ends in the same U.S. city. However, a passport may be needed to enter the counties that you will visit during your cruise.

To avoid the need for a passport, choose a closed-loop cruise that only ports in countries that do not require a passport in order to enter them.

We recommend you contact Disney Cruises concerning which cruises they offer that do not require a passport.

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