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Do Cruise Passengers Need Tourist/Transit Visas?

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  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi David, unfortunately you are right. She does need to have a US visa, even if she's not getting off the ship. Too bad. Thanks anyway.
  • Hi David, I've been reading all your good advice. If you need up to date info on Chinese visas' for cruise passenges please dont hesitate in contacting me. In the mean time if anyone is visiting China on a cruise, You MUST supply your itineray on application. You can find more information and how to apply at www.chinavisabureau.co.uk.
  • edited 2:11PM
    I have a friend who holds a Taiwan Passport and would like to go on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas. She will be traveling with United States citizens. Does she require a Bahamian VISA?
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi calmd2011,

    Yes, your friend will require a visa to visit the Bahamas. This must be applied for in advance, from the nearest Bahamian embassy or consulate.
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi davidc,

    Is the rule different for foreign students studying in the U.S. I know a student with Taiwan passport going to a Bahama cruise and not require a VISA.
  • edited December 2011
    Hi calmd2011,

    Are you sure about that? This website seems to indicate quite clearly that, as a Taiwanese citizen, they will still require a visa to visit the Bahamas, regardless of whether or not they are studying in the USA.

    If it turns out that they don't require a visa, please let me know.
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Davidc,

    I called the Bahama Embassy in regards to this question. They said the same thing. When I asked about the studend VISA, they said yes they also require VISA. But then, added...all Taiwanese citizens are requied to have a VISA, but if they don't want to, they can still go.

    The students told me that she had gone on a Bahamas curise many times and never gotten a VISA. I guess it is gamble if you are willing to take. I have read many posts on the the internet that Bahams don't check your passport!
  • edited 2:11PM
    Thanks for the feedback, calmd2011.

    Let us know if your friend's gamble pays off!
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hello
    We are a family of 10 living in different parts of the world. Holding Indian Passports. We are on a MSC cruise that ports in casablanca for few hours. We do not have time now for all to get visas for Morocco. Cruise line says need visa. Visa people in India say can get transit visa on arrival. So confusion galore. Please help!
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Ashish

    PLEASE check with the cruise company and the consulate again, but I think if you and your family are willing to stay on the ship in Morocco - i.e. you will not disembark in Casablanca - then you won't require a visa.

    Best regards

    David
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi David,
    I am holding Pakistani passport and wnated to do a cruise with MSC which Visit UAE staes and 2 ports in Oman, I can arrange visa for UAE states but not for Oman, Can i stay aboard while in Oman, do MSC allow me to board if i don;t have visa for Oman
    Please advice
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Salman

    Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell whether or not you'll be allowed to stay on board (without a visa) while the cruise ship docks in Oman. The reason for this is that most visitors will receive their Omani visa while on board the cruise ship.

    Is there some reason why this is not an option for you?

    I recommend that you contact the cruise line and check to see if you'll be able to receive your visa on the cruise ship or not.

    Good luck, and please let me know what they say!
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi David,

    I'm holding a Malaysia passport and will be travelling on MSC Cruise starting from Barcelona, Spain. One of the cruise stop is at Casablanca, Morocco (arrive at 8am and depart at 10pm on the same day) and I just realized that I need tourist visa. I do not have time to apply for visa now. Can advise if I still need visa issued by Morocco if I continue to stay onboard with MSC without disembarking onto Morocco? Thanks!
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi David,

    I have spoken to MSC cruise line and they have advise me that if I don't have a visa for Oman, I can stay onboard and as I am holding Pakistani passport they can't arrange visa on arrival. It must be obtain before I leave Pakistan.

    Another query, I have applied UAE visa and I been told that this is a Single Entry Visa, so if Dubai cruise port stamp my passport for exit this means my visa is finished and if I continue my journey I will have to pay fine.

    I have check with MSC and they said they don't stamp our passport but not sure about Dubai cruise port.

    Can you please tell me when I board ship from Dubai to go to next port which is Abu Dhabi do they stamp my passport with exit stamp?

    Thanks

    Salman
  • edited 2:11PM
    @ Starzzle:

    This question has been dealt with before in this thread... PLEASE double-check with your cruise company, but my research leads me to believe that as long as you are willing to stay on the ship (i.e. you do not disembark), you will not require a visa for Morocco.

    @ Salman:

    Thanks for the feedback.

    With regard to your second question, this has been a point of contention between cruise operators and UAE tourist authorities for years. The situation has always been that you need to purchase multiple single-entry visas for the different ports of call that you visit in the UAE -- i.e. you must have one visa for Dubai, and then another for Abu Dhabi, etc.

    There has been talk of changing this law, to allow cruise passengers to purchase a single cruise visa that allows for multiple entries. I don't think this measure has been formally introduced yet, however.

    Please check with the cruise company, but I'd say -- for now -- that you should prepare yourself to organise another single-entry visa for your time in Abu Dhabi.
  • edited 2:11PM
    @ Starzzle:
    I have been on this itinerary with MSC already. I am holding a Pakistani passport so I have to arrange Schengen visa for that. I have been told by MSC that I can stay on board which was correct. But when I arrives Morocco and asked for visa on arrival they gave me visa for £10.00 because I already had a Schengen visa
  • edited 2:11PM
    @ David

    Thanks for your reply!

    @ Salman

    Thanks for your reply too! Glad to hear that I can remain onboard if I don't have a visa for morocco. As I do not need visa for the other 3 countries (i.e. Spain, Portugal and Italy) for this cruise, so I did not apply for a Schengen visa. Anyway, I will give it a try to apply for a visa on arrival at Casablanca.
  • edited 2:11PM
    My husband & I are planning a cruise in April that will take us to Dubai. Do we require a visa of so how much do they cost? We will only be docked in Dubai five or six hours.
    Thanks
  • edited 2:11PM
    I forgot to mention in my last posting that mu husband and I are Canadian citizens
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Nan,

    Please double-check with your prospective cruise company, but since the beginning of 2011, Canadian nationals have needed visas to enter the UAE. These must be applied for in advance, and will cost approximately C$170.

    Good luck!
  • edited 2:11PM
    hi, my name is Sally and I m from Peru. I live in the UK with my husband who is British , I ve got an spouse visa. WE would like to go on a cruise for our wedding anniversary but I m not sure if I would need a visa. The cruise goes to ports of call in Spain and France but I was told i dont need a visa because I embark and disembark the vessel in Southampton, England.

    Thank you very much for your help

    Sally
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Sally

    Please double-check with your cruise company on this one. In my understanding, even if you don't intend on disembarking the ship in Spain and France, you will still require a short-stay, multiple-entry Schengen Visa ('Type C').

    Please let me know what you find out.

    Many thanks

    David
  • edited 2:11PM
    A note for UK cruise ship passengers stopping off at a Turkish port: Cruise ship passengers entering the country for a day trip and returning to the ship the same day do not require a visa.
  • PimPim
    edited 2:11PM
    Hi Davidc,
    My husband and I are US citizen want to take my mother, who have Thai passport with multiple entry USA visa on it, on a cruise to Bahamas. Does she need a visa ?
    I dd some reserch some say she will needs one but some say she don't. so i'm confuse. I tried to contact the Bahamas embassy but no luck with an answer.
    Could you help me plase.

    Pim
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Pim

    Officially, your mother does require a visa to visit the Bahamas, unfortunately. There are many stories about people 'not being checked' for visas while on a cruise to the Bahamas, but it's not worth taking the risk. You can apply for a visa here.

    Good luck, and happy trails

    David
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi David
    My husband and I are sorted of semi-retired South African passport holders. We are planning to embark on a new venture in life. That is we are planning on going to Tortola to work temporary on a sailing yacht. Have had many offers but want to first check out the charters before making a decision on which one to accept. We are obviously going to be in transit there by plane via Dubai, New York, St Juan then onto Tortola... (cheapest flights available). Can this be a one way ticked. I have been advised that we should apply for a B1/B2 USA visa (Is this correct). Also if we are in Tortola for longer than the allowed 30 day stay (we do not need visa's for BVI's), how do we extend this by getting working visa's. Also we would probably be visiting St Martin's/Maartens, both sides, should and how do we get visa's for this and what type of visa's are required. After 1 year our intentions are to buy our own yacht and continue sailing around the globe.
    Best regards
    The Beans
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi David,

    My wife and I are planning a 12 day cruise to Europe (Barcelona,Spain; Monaco; Venice,Italy; Florance/Pisa,Italy; Rome,Italy; Naples,Italy; and Sicily). I am a US citizen and my wife is a US permanent resident and Thai citizen. From what I see on the web it looks like she is required to get a Schengen Visa of some kind. Is this correct?

    Thanks,
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Browe7757

    Yes, your wife will require a Schengen visa. She should apply for a short-stay, multiple-entry visa for the cruise.

    Good luck, and have fun!
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Beans :)

    Your new venture sounds very exciting, and I wish you the best of luck.

    * First of all, you will require a confirmed return/onward ticket in order to enter the British Virgin Islands for 30 days without a visa.
    * If you are transiting through the United States, then a C-1 visa is the one you want to get.
    * If you wish to work in the British Virgin Islands, you will have to apply for a work permit from the Department of Labour. Be warned, however, that you will only be granted a job if there are no qualified locals to fill the position.
    * For St Maartens, you will require a visa before arriving on the island. Tourist visas are easy to organise, and can be extended for stays up to 6 months. If you wish to work on St Maartens, you will need to organise a work permit, ideally before entering the country.

    You should chat to a couple of prospective employers, as often these yachting companies will handle the visa/residency issues on your behalf.

    Hope this helps!
  • edited 2:11PM
    Aloha,
    Me and my husband are planning on a cruise to Mexico. I am a US Citizen and he is a citizen of Western Samoa, he has a student Visa but is no longer attending school, he also has a passport and a valid drivers license for here in the States. I am having no luck finding out what other documents he may need in order for traveling and getting back in the country. Every place I call refers me to someone else. I do not want to book the cruise unti I know for sure we won't have any problems. Please any information that would help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hello!

    First of al thank you very much for all the information! My question is a bit different though.

    I am from the Netherlands and I have cruised several times to the Med and also the Caribbean. We never had to show our passports anywhere and we don't have any entrance or exit stamps in our passports. I have a Mexican boyfriend who is going to visit me from September - December. I know he doesn't need to arrange a schengen visa, he will get entry for 90 days every half year. We booked a cruise from Southampton for 3 weeks to the Med (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Israel) I know my boyfriend will get his UK stamp at the border so officialy he has left the Europe Schengen Area. My question is, will this 3 week cruise show on his passport or can he stay with me for 3 months in the Netherlands and go on a 3 week cruise with me (so a total of 3 months and 3 weeks in Europe with stamps from the UK)

    I hope my question is clear. I have been looking everywhere and I cannot find any information. I never had my passport stamped in any country and I want my boyfriend to come as long as possible so I hope he can come to Holland for 3 months and also come on a 3 week cruise leaving from Southampton with me)
  • edited 2:11PM
    We are planning a trip with cruise in September 2012, one of the stop will be Israel's port. We are holding Malaysia passport, any tips or advise? Malaysian are restricted from entering Israel (this is clearly stated in our passport), but we would love to visit the Holyland.
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi David,

    I am a Philippine passport holder and has a one-year valid multiple entry US visa. I will be going on a 7-night Alaskan tour leaving Seattle. Victoria, Canada is the last port of call before we cruise back to Seattle. Do I need a Canadian visa even if I do not disembark? The ship is only docking in Victoria for a few hours. Please enlighten me on this. Thank you.
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hello my name is Josefina, and we have a cruise ship to take from Barcelona to Venice in August. But we stop in Turkey in two ports. And we are from Spain, one from Costa Rica and one from USA. So I have a mess trying to figure this out, if we need a visa or the cruise ship takes care of it? Thank youuuuuuu very much for your time!! VEry nice from you helping all us confuse travelers!
  • edited 2:11PM
    hi david

    My name is kalindi. My husband and myself are taking the cruise to Penang in Malaysia and Phuket ( Thailand ) from Singapore for 3 days. We are Indian passport holders and currently staying in singapore holding Employement and dependent pass respectively. We shall be getting down at the islands only for 4 hours at both places. I am trying to figure out whether we need visas for both Malaysia and Thailand or whether it will be a VOA. The agents and cruise people are all creating a confusion. It would be highly appreciated if you could help.

    Thank you
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Teine

    Your husband will need a visa to get into Mexico, although you don't.

    With regards to getting back into the States - is the student visa expired? If so it is not longer valid, and he won't be able to re-enter the States on that. If he is your husband, however, I presume he has some sort of dependency visa to stay in the country legally. In addition to that documentation and his passport, he will need a Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327) and a US Permanent Resident/Resident Alien Card (Form I-551), which you'll need to organise before you leave, along with the visa for Mexico.

    Hope that helps!
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Marie

    If the cruise is to European destinations like Spain, then I'm afraid that means that the 3 week cruise will need to be included in the 90 days. If you do not actually disembark at any of the cruise stops, then it won't be a problem.
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi mambo

    I've done a bit of research and it seems to me Malaysians can enter Israel as long as you organise a visa before you leave. If you're right about the visa restriction, though, then unfortunately there's really no way to visit the country while stopped at the port.
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Jena

    If you don't disembark, then you don't need a visa. :)
  • edited 2:11PM
    Hi Josephina

    Citizens of Costa Rica do NOT need a visa to enter Turkey if you're staying less than 30 days - which you are. US citizens DO need a visa, but the good news is you can get this on arrival in Turkey for about US$20.

    Neither the Costa Rica citizen nor the US citizen need to worry about a Schengen visa, since you can both stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days without one. If that weren't the case you would need a multiple entry Schengen visa, as Turkey isn't a member state. If your time in Spain PLUS the time on the cruise is less than 90 days, neither of you need to get a visa to enter Venice.

    In short, you have nothing to worry about, since the only one you need (for the US citizen to enter Turkey) you can get on arrival at the port.

    Hope that's clear!
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