Planning Your Trip - Cruise Vacations
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The 5 top frequently asked questions regarding
required documentation to cruise.
Note: Rules and regulations change without notice. So, be sure to check with your cruise line about the specific requirements for your cruise before you show up at the pier. This information is generic in nature and your cruise line may have other requirements.
Some countries require that you obtain official authorization (called a visa), before entering their country. Usually, there is a fee required. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.
For Dutch citizens, please visit CIBT at www.cibt.nl/hal0044 or call them at 010-4049047.
For German citizens, please visit CIBT at www.hal.visum-centrale.de/ or call them at 0180-124-28-33.
For UK citizens, please visit CIBT at www.uk.cibt.com or call them at 0207 963 3857 .
For non-U.S. or non-Canadian citizens, please visit CIBT at www.cibt.com or call them at (888) 665-9956. If calling from overseas please use (713) 621-3257.
NEW Visa Waiver
participating in the
New Canadian visa requirements affecting all Alaska sailings, Alaska tours and Canada & New England sailings that enter Canada:
If you are a NON-U.S. or NON-CANADIAN citizen, you will be DENIED BOARDING without compensation if you do not hold the proper VISA documents! Regardless of what your Consulate official may advise, Canadian officials WILL NOT allow guests to remain onboard while in a Canadian port without proper documentation, so you will be denied boarding if the visa is not presented at the pier at the time of your scheduled cruise departure. To learn more, please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp
U.S. citizens are NOT required to obtain a Canadian Visa. To verify if your nationality requires a Canadian visa, please visit the following Canadian immigration website, which may be useful to determine what is required: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp
Security and enforcement at the Canada-United States border has been heightened. For this reason, more U.S. and Canadian citizens with past criminal charges or convictions are refused entry into Canada. Almost all convictions (including DUI, DWI, reckless driving, negligent driving, misdemeanor drug possession, all felonies, domestic violence [assault IV], shoplifting, theft, etc.) make a person inadmissible to Canada, regardless of how long ago they occurred.
It is recommended that persons who have been charged in the past or who have past convictions obtain the necessary documents before attempting to enter Canada.
To learn more about applying for these documents we strongly recommend you visit the following website for details: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/faq-inadmissibility.asp
Brazilian tourist visas are valid for multiple entries within the period of time shown on the visa stamp. Unless specified otherwise, Brazilian tourist visas allow for stays (one or multiple) in Brazil for a combined total of 90 days during the one-year period following the date of the first entry. A one-time extension of up to 90 days may be granted in Brazil by the Brazilian Federal Police Department (Delegacia de Estrangeiros).
Although this 90 day entry restriction was lifted, the Brazilian authorities can still add their own restrictions or validity at their own discretion. It is the guest’s responsibility to check that their visa will be valid for the duration of their trip.
NOTE: Effective January 02, 2011 Canadian Passport holders are required to obtain a visa prior to entering the United Arab Emirates.
A UAE Visa is needed for travel to the UAE for: VISIT ** TOURIST ** TRANSIT
Guests who do not disembark in Dubai do not need to purchase a visa.
Guests who wish to go ashore in Dubai and then re-board the ship to sail beyond Dubai, must get a visa which can be obtained on board.
Guests who are travelling with EMIRATES AIRLINES or ETIHAD AIRWAYS, please contact the airline directly for issuance of E-Visa.
If you are booked through a travel agency or hotel in the UAE, please contact them for issuance of E-Visa
Guests who are Embarking in Dubai, are required to get a visa prior to their flight into Dubai. These can be obtained through CIBT/ZVS. You can visit their website at: http://www.ca.cibt.com/home.aspx?PortalKey=10032 or you can contact them by phone at (888) 665 9956.
Hainan (Sanya), China
There are 26
countries that are
allowed to enter
China visa free
provided they are
part of an organized
tour or shore
excursion. They are
If a guest is part of the 26 nationalities listed above but does not wish to go ashore, they would be allowed to stay on board in this port without a visa. Guests who plan to sightsee on their own or plan on going ashore prior to, or after participating on a Holland America sponsored shore excursion, a Chinese visa IS required, and must be obtained prior to sailing.
If a guest is not part of the 26 nationalities listed above they will need to obtain their Chinese visa prior to sailing regardless of whether or not they go ashore.
Please note that the list includes Great Britain and not the United Kingdom. Great Britain includes England, Scotland and Wales. Nationals of Ireland, as part of the United Kingdom, are not included in the visa free list and would need to obtain a visa for Sanya, China prior to sailing.