US Immigration in Key West

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#1
Sarasota, FL
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Hi, I am hoping this is the most appropriate place to post this question. We booked a 5 night cruise leaving from Miami in December on the Disney Magic. Key West is the first stop. I was assuming that we would not have to clear US customs/immigration here since we are coming directly from a US port but the DCL representative I spoke to earlier today made mention of needing to clear US immigration in Key West. I could see this if we were first going to the Bahamas or someplace else, but Key West is the first stop, arriving the morning after we leave Miami. Do we really need to clear immigration when arriving directly from Miami? I could drive (and have done so) 6 hours or so to Key West and not go through immigration (of course), so I am not sure what the difference is. Could it be because its a foreign flagged vessel? Thanks for any help/insight.
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The ship has to clear customs. Usually takes 10-20 minutes with the officials handing over ship manifests to officials.
No passengers go through customs at any port, getting on or off the ship.
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#3
Sarasota, FL
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Originally posted by ABQrobin
The ship has to clear customs. Usually takes 10-20 minutes with the officials handing over ship manifests to officials.
No passengers go through customs at any port, getting on or off the ship.
Thanks. So its just like any other port then. The DCL Rep said we would actually have to present ourselves to immigration in the morning, (unlike other ports) regardless if anyone in our party is getting off or not. Sounds like its just the standard ship clearance then. Thanks for clarifying.
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My experience is that you will not have to present yourself since that is your first stop and you are beginning at a USA port.

You could ask about this on the Disney Board.

Keith
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Sarasota, FL
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Originally posted by Keith1010
My experience is that you will not have to present yourself since that is your first stop and you are beginning at a USA port.

You could ask about this on the Disney Board.

Keith
Thanks. So, if it were, say, the last stop and coming from a foreign port, you would have to present yourself, even if not getting off? Perhaps this is what the DCL rep was thinking. I will post over on the DCL board as well. Thanks.
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#6
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Originally posted by flamingocrazyfl
Thanks. So, if it were, say, the last stop and coming from a foreign port, you would have to present yourself, even if not getting off? Perhaps this is what the DCL rep was thinking. I will post over on the DCL board as well. Thanks.

That is correct. If Key West is the first port after going outside the USA, you would have to present yourself, including all family members. It's a very quick process, usually in a large area like where the shows are. Takes about 30 seconds to walk through, show your passport, and away you go.