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Old March 23rd, 2012, 07:15 PM
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Ok so I come here with this question because I googled but came up with nothing really....Client of mine is vactioning to Italy and we were talking about passports and how she was told that they needed to be no less than 6 months before expiring while crusing or vacationing overseas..Is this true ? And if so is it all cruise lines? I mean we're leaving in 19 days and our two daughters passports expire in october of this year , is this ok??? I really need some info! Thanks if anyone can fill me in!
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I've actually looked this up. Different countries have different policies.

I think I found the information on a US Travel Advisory website.

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found the website

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I was told that the 6 month rule only applys to flying....my kids expire in September....I was going to renew but didn't....bringing their birth certificates just in case.....
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Well I went to the site and I must be blind cause I can't find anything...Maybe carnival has it on their site?
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Which ports are you going to?

Click on the name of each country you are going to then look at "Entry/Exit Requirements"

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For the BVI you will need a passport with at least 6 months on it. (Third Paragraph, last line, under Entry/Exit Requirements)

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I was told that the 6 month rule only applys to flying....my kids expire in September....I was going to renew but didn't....bringing their birth certificates just in case.....
Ok good Whew!!!! Can you tell I'm a little stressed out?? When my client told me this literally I felt my heart pound like crazy!!!
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Which ports are you going to?
San Juan, St thomas, Grand Turk
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I was told that the 6 month rule only applys to flying....my kids expire in September....I was going to renew but didn't....bringing their birth certificates just in case.....
This is what I have heard also (flying). CCL recommends your passport be good for 6 months beyond the end of your cruise but they have no requirement. I would not have a problem cruising a few weeks from now with passports that expire in October.
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This is what I have heard also (flying). CCL recommends your passport be good for 6 months beyond the end of your cruise but they have no requirement. I would not have a problem cruising a few weeks from now with passports that expire in October.
Yeah I'm thinking I'll just make sure to bring their birth Certificates as well.....See you guys here on CC.....Your just as good as google!!! (if not better)
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I guess the only issue would be if you needed to fly home from one of the islands.
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San Juan, St thomas, Grand Turk
San Juan, Puerto Rico and St Thomas are both territories of the US.

Doesn't seem to be any time requirements for Turks and Caicos.
http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/c.../cis_1048.html

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Ok so I come here with this question because I googled but came up with nothing really....Client of mine is vactioning to Italy and we were talking about passports and how she was told that they needed to be no less than 6 months before expiring while crusing or vacationing overseas..Is this true ? And if so is it all cruise lines? I mean we're leaving in 19 days and our two daughters passports expire in october of this year , is this ok??? I really need some info! Thanks if anyone can fill me in!
Italy has rules for land travel and visiting there on land. We renew your passport at year nine due to prior problems in Italy (sometimes they insist on 9 months, not 6) You also must report to local authorities when staying in Italy for 10 days or more. (doesn't not mean cruising, but strict land vacations in Italy)You must then buy into their health system on a daily rate basis while you are there or prove you have medical insurance they will accept. There are also requirements if you stay more than 90 days in any calendar year.
Other countries it is 6 months from the day you RETURN from you cruise, not arriving to go on your cruise. We have seen people turned away at customs when landing at an Italian airport, even for a cruise because of the 6 month rule.

You should be fine, it has to do with when you are returning from your cruise. It is close but you should make it.
If you are not cruising in Europe and cruising in the Caribbean, it is not an issue, there are no time requirement if it is Caribbean and not leaving from a European country

You can get emergency renewals at Passport centers in the US. There is a fee but it assures you do not have a problem
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Ok so I come here with this question because I googled but came up with nothing really....Client of mine is vactioning to Italy and we were talking about passports and how she was told that they needed to be no less than 6 months before expiring while crusing or vacationing overseas..Is this true ? And if so is it all cruise lines? I mean we're leaving in 19 days and our two daughters passports expire in october of this year , is this ok??? I really need some info! Thanks if anyone can fill me in!

For a cruise they only need to be valid on the day you return to the US, the 6 months rule does not apply to any Caribbean cruise (makes sense since you don't need a passport to cruise anyway).
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I guess the only issue would be if you needed to fly home from one of the islands.
For that cruise the only place you would need a passport to fly from is Grand Turk and you couldn't fly from there anyway you would have to go to Provo to fly back to the US.
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Which ports are you going to?

Click on the name of each country you are going to then look at "Entry/Exit Requirements"

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For the BVI you will need a passport with at least 6 months on it. (Third Paragraph, last line, under Entry/Exit Requirements)
I believe this requirement is for land vacations only.

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For that cruise the only place you would need a passport to fly from is Grand Turk and you couldn't fly from there anyway you would have to go to Provo to fly back to the US.
But the passports would still be valid as they sail in a couple of weeks and they don't expire until October so they could get back in an emergency. I would think that you could get back to your home country. I am under the impression the extended validity is necessary in case you have issues (health, travel, whatever) in the country you are visiting so that you have an extended window to return to your home country. I'm with npb1999, take the birth certificates just in case.
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My Dh's passport expires June2,2012. We sailed on the Carnival magic in February and no problems. Called the passport office in Houston and they said that as long as your passport is valid the day you leave the ship or the country you are visiting you are good. We have since sent in for his renewal.
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Yeah I'm thinking I'll just make sure to bring their birth Certificates as well.....See you guys here on CC.....Your just as good as google!!! (if not better)
Somehow i can't seem to grasp the big picture here.

A passport trumps a passport, and if they were somehow to enforce the 6 month rule for the passport (they won't on a caribbean cruise) what good would a birth certificate do?

Like I said I'm probably missing something here so that's why I'm asking.

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