Do you need a Pass Port?
Do you need a Pass Port?
YES...you need a valid passport to enter Bermuda.Edited: 17 February 2012, 00:45
if you are flying in, yes. if you are a US citizen cruising to bermuda on a ship where the cruise starts and ends in the US then no.
However, if for some reason you are unable to return to the U.S. on the cruise ship and need to fly home you may have a problem if you don't have a passport.
As noted above...***IF*** you are traveling to Bermuda via a "..'closed-loop' cruise.." you will not need a passport. But you will need a valid, government issued photo ID (drivers license, etc) AND proof of citizenship (i.e. 'raised seal' or otherwise government certified birth certificate).
'..."Closed Loop" Cruises: U.S. citizens who board a cruise ship at a port within the United States, travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship may present a government issued photo identification, along with proof of citizenship (an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization). Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport to enter the foreign countries your cruise ship is visiting. Check with your cruise line to ensure you have the appropriate documents....'.
The "..'closed-loop cruise..' is only an EXCEPTION to the ordinary passport rule. Even with travel to Canada, travel document requirements are a lot more complicated. The one travel document that tends to UN-complicate most matters is a valid passport...whether for a 'closed-loop' cruise to Bermuda, flying to Paris or driving to a friend's wedding in Quebec.
Assuming that you complete the new passport application form correctly and provide the required proof-of-citizenship / identity documents, these days it only take three to four weeks for your passport to arrive in the mail.
under 2 years of age- birth certificate only
I always think of getting a passport as a rite of passage. Such satisfaction when I got my first one so many many years ago. I love looking at all the stamps and really resent their disappearance when I have to get a renewal!!
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