Passport requirements

Don’t get left behind, make sure you have the proper identification to board the ship.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT EVERY GUEST TRAVEL WITH A PASSPORT.

Remember, you are leaving the country! 


PASSPORT & LEGAL DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS

Below are passport guidelines as of March 2022, however they are subject to change. We strongly encourage all guests to visit the Department of Homeland Security website (http://www.dhs.gov) or the Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada website (http://www.voyage.gc.ca) for the most up-to-date traveler information including passport and visa requirements as well as travel advisories and safety recommendations.


Please Note: Guests who fail to have the required documents as determined by U.S. Customs & Immigration will be denied boarding and such guests shall not be entitled to any refund nor shall OTB and/or NCL Cruise Line, have any further liability to such guests.


Recommendation from OTB:

Although a passport is not required at this time for U.S. citizens taking “closed loop” cruises, we strongly recommend that all guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel) for the following reasons:


  • If you miss your ship at its scheduled U.S. departure port and need to travel outside the U.S. to meet your ship.
  • You unexpectedly need to depart the ship from a foreign port prior to the end of a sailing. Should this occur, a passport would be required to leave or re-enter the U.S. by air.
  • Additionally, be aware that there may be testing and/or vaccination requirements to enter the U.S. and/or return to your Country of origin. Compliance with these protocols is the responsibility of each guest. Airlines may deny boarding to passengers who do not comply with these protocols. OTB has no ability to predict what protocols will be in effect at the time of the Cruise and has no responsibility regarding this matter. For more information, visit the CDC Website.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Your name, as listed on your travel documents, must exactly match your name as listed on your Cruise documents.


U.S. CITIZENS

All U.S. Citizens are required to carry ONE of the three sets of document options below:


#1 – U.S. Passport – RECOMMENDED – U.S. Passport must be valid through the dates of travel of the cruise as well as not expired and valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel.


OR;


#2 – Proof of Citizenship (see below) AND Government-issued valid photo ID 

  • Original or State Certified copy of a Government Issued Birth Certificate with a raised seal or in some cases a holographic image.
  • Neither a notarized copy of a birth certificate NOR a Live Hospital Birth Certificate will be accepted by Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”).
  • If you are traveling using a birth certificate and you have had a name change (i.e.: marriage), you will need to provide proof of that name change (i.e.: marriage license).
  • A U.S. Citizen under the age of 16 does not require a government issued photo ID, however, must provide proof of citizenship.
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad– Notarized copies are not acceptable.  We highly recommend that, if at all possible, guests travel with a Passport.
  • Certificate of Naturalization –Notarized copies are not acceptable.  We highly recommend that, if at all possible, guests travel with a Passport.


OR;


#3 – WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) Compliant documents – click here for more information.


PLEASE NOTE: We have been informed by the CBP that they will NOT accept the following forms of ID:


  1. Notarized Photocopy of a Birth Certificate
  2. Notarized Photocopy of a Passport
  3. Copy of a Passport
  4. Record of Live Birth from a Hospital / Hospital Birth Certificate
  5. World Passport
  6. Social Security Card
  7. Voter Registration Card
  8. Baptismal Certificate


These documents are NOT WHTI compliant documents, therefore, are NOT acceptable proof of citizenship.

For more information or to obtain a passport application, visit:  www.travel.state.gov. 

NON-U.S. CITIZENS

ALL NON-U.S. CITIZENS MUST CARRY A VALID PASSPORT!

This passport must NOT Expire within (6) Months of the Return Date of the Cruise. A tourist visa may be required for entry into certain countries/ports of call. To confirm the specific documents required, please be sure to check with the proper authorities (such as your local immigration office) for each port that you are entering.


U.S. ALIEN RESIDENTS

In addition to a valid passport, U.S. Alien Residents holding an Alien Resident Card (ARC), also known as a “Green Card” must be in possession of the ARC to sail. U.S. Alien Residents who do not have their ARC with them at check in will be denied boarding. In some instances, ARC holders may still be required to have travel permits and/or visas to enter countries visited.

Card renewal is an important matter. ARC holders (United States permanent residents) with expired cards may be considered “out of status” and may be denied entry / reentry into the United States. If your ARC was issued over 10 years ago, you should check the expiration date printed on the front of the card. If your card is expired, or it is about to expire, you should renew your card before you sail.


If you are holding an old edition ARC WITHOUT an expiration date, you will not be detained from entering the United States, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection highly suggests that you apply for a new card before you sail.


On occasion, non-U.S. citizens and U.S. Alien Residents may be asked to surrender their passport and/or Alien Resident Card at time of embarkation. These documents will be returned upon completion of the Immigration inspection at the time of debarkation.


For additional information, visit:

https://www.uscis.gov/forms/explore-my-options/renew-or-replace-my-green-card.

VISAS

Non-U.S. citizens require a valid machine-readable passport and a valid, unexpired U.S. Multiple Re-entry Visa, if applicable. Guests are advised to check with their consulate, or appropriate government authority to determine the necessary documents.


VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

All eligible international travelers who wish to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization. Citizens from the Visa Waiver Program countries seeking to enter the United States will be required to have in their possession a machine readable, biometric passport with a digital photograph valid for the duration of the voyage. Guests without proper identification may be refused boarding or entry into the United States.

A machine-readable passport has an alpha-numeric code like this on the bottom of the picture page:


P<<<<<<<<1234567890M1234567890M1234567890<1234567890


For additional details about ESTA and/or the Visa Waiver Program please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html#ESTA


For more information, to see if your country qualifies for the Visa Waiver program, and to apply for a travel authorization, see ESTA.


OTBC and the other Released Parties (as herein defined) assume no responsibility for advising you of immigration requirements. Non-U.S. citizens, including resident aliens, must contact the appropriate consulates, embassies and/or immigration office(s) to inquire about necessary documentation for the Cruise’s ports of call.


All guests must present the required documentation at embarkation. Guests without the required documentation will be denied boarding and no refund will be issued. NCL Cruise Line will strictly enforce this requirement to be in compliance with this important U.S. Government mandate.

DOMESTIC AIRLINE TRAVEL ID REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. CITIZENS:

Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States. REAL ID compliant cards are generally marked with a star located in the upper portion of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.


For more information on REAL ID and Air Travel, click HERE.


Family Legal Documents: Adults who are not the Parent or Legal Guardian of any minor child traveling with them are required to present the child’s valid passport and visa (if required) or the child’s birth certificate (original or certified copy) and an original notarized letter signed by at least one of the child’s parents. The notarized letter from the child’s parent must authorize the traveling adult to take the child on the specific cruise and must authorize the traveling adult to supervise the child and permit any medical treatment that must be administered to the child. If a Non-Parent Adult is a Legal Guardian, the adult must present a certified certificate of Guardianship with respect to the child.


INOCULATION & HEALTH

All guests must ensure that they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide guidelines as to which vaccinations are required in each country. In many cases, inoculations are recommended but, in some circumstances, they are required. We recommend that you check with your healthcare professional, or a Travel Medicine Specialist certified by the WHO for guidance. OTB and NCL shall be entitled to take such health precautions as may be recommended by CDC and/or WHO, such as, for example only, taking your temperature at any time and performing other tests recommended to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Other informational resources can be accessed at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Traveler’s Health website or toll-free at 1-877-FYI-TRIP, and the World Health Organization website.


COVID-19 Vaccination and testing:  It is NOT currently required that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the 2023 On the Blue Cruise or that you be tested before embarkation, though this is subject to change based on revisions to NCL and/or CDC guidelines.  Nevertheless, OTB staff and guests will be required to follow any and all health & safety protocols that have been put in place by NCL, the CDC and/or state and local governments within our itinerary at the time of our sailing.  This applies to COVID-19 and beyond. Guests understand that these protocols are subject to change at any time and all guests must comply or they will be denied boarding. This includes, but is not limited to vaccinations required, testing requirements (as set forth in greater detail below), and masking.