Passports are required for all travelers, including citizens of U.S. and Canada, who enter or re-enter the United States by air, land or sea.
Regarding Cruises to destinations in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda, there is a notable exception to this US passport rule, pertaining to land and sea crossings for US Citizens.
US Citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end in the same U.S. port) and travel to destinations in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Bermuda are able to re-enter the United States with proof of citizenship other than a passport or passport card. Acceptable proof of citizenship includes an original or certified copy of a government issued birth certificate (raised seal and signature) and a laminated government issued picture ID (typically, driver’s license), Consular Report of Born Abroad Certificate, or a Certificate of Naturalization. NOTE: Baptismal records and certificates issued by a hospital are not acceptable.
U.S. citizens calling on ports in Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize will also be exempt from the passport requirement.
So while it’s not required in the above circumstances, we highly recommend all of our guests travel with a valid passport as you never know when you might “miss the boat” and need to fly home.
Domestic flights within the United Statesdo not require a passport for United States citizens and permanent residents. You can use a passport as a valid form of identification throughout your domestic travel, or just your driver’s license if you choose.
Americans Traveling Abroad
Traveling abroad doesn’t have to be confusing if you know the right things before you go. The link below is to the US Department of State Bureau of Consumer Affairs website. The link provides information and a link to background and requirements for Americans traveling abroad as well as information on passports, visas, immunizations, medical information, additional fees, and conditions abroad that may affect your safety and security.