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Passport for Cruise to Bahamas

by Cheryl
(Burlington, NC)

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.


Answer: 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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