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Travel Document Requirements for All Passengers:

Passengers must be booked by their FULL LEGAL NAME as it appears on their documentation of citizenship (Passport and/or Birth Certificate and Driver’s License) – No nicknames, incorrect spellings, different surnames, etc. will be accepted.

All passenger ships and airlines are required to file with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) a passenger manifest. This information is being collected by the cruise lines at least 14 days prior to departure. Most cruise lines collect this information through their website and airlines collect the needed information at time of reservation. Passengers not complying with this regulation will be denied boarding and will not be entitled to a refund. Please make certain that all passengers comply with the document requirements for your cruise. You must check with your cruise/airline/tour operator to ensure 100% compliance.

Obtaining a Visa is the Sole Responsibility of the Traveler!

TravelPerks does not provide visas. Check with your supplier and the consulate of the countries you're visiting for what visas you may need.

Here is a link to a recommended visa service.

U.S. Citizens:

A valid passport is REQUIRED for everyone, and must be valid for six months after your trip end date UNLESS you are taking a ‘Closed Loop’ cruise from a US port.

"Closed Loop” cruises from a US Port do not require a passport (this can change at anytime) and is only as far as the USA is concerned. Many countries you may be visiting DO REQUIRE a passport for closed loop cruises and is YOUR responsibility to research and meet these requirements. Keep in mind that the closed loop exemption is only for cruises. If you get sick and need to fly home from outside the US – you will be denied without a passport. We highly recommend everyone travel with a valid US passport regardless of closed loop status. The ‘closed loop’ exemption is only as per the US government, some cruise lines may require passports regardless, although we are unaware of any at present.

If you are NOT required to have a passport for your trip you may use naturalization papers OR an original certified copy, with raised seal, of one’s birth certificate along with a government-issued photo ID that is valid for travel – some state IDs are not valid for travel. The photo ID must be issued by a state or federal government, i.e. a state driver’s license with photograph. Voter’s Registration or Social Security cards are not acceptable proofs of citizenship. If you are traveling with your birth certificate as proof of citizenship, and your name has changed since the birth certificate was issued, you must provide documentation supporting the name change such as marriage certificate or court document

  • Visas may be required for entry into some countries. Your cruise line and/or tour company should notify you of any required visas/documents. Dream Vacations is not responsible for any failure of the cruise line and/or tour company to do so.
  • Children under 16 years do not need a photo ID. A minor traveling with an adult who is not the sole legal guardian or only living parent, must have a notarized parent/guardian consent letter that authorizes the minor to travel and receive medical treatment in case of emergency. If you need a sample, please ask.

Please Be Advised:

In January (2018), the Transportation Security Administration will begin enforcing the federal 2005 Real ID Act at U.S. airports, meaning state-­issued IDs that aren’t in compliance or don’t have a special extension will be useless for domestic travel, requiring travelers to instead use their passports or some other alternative.

About half the country is now in compliance with the federal law, meaning those residents have until Oct. 21, 2020, before being required to show the REAL ID compliant identification.

Most of the remaining states, including Oregon, have been granted various extensions; several of them passed bills addressing REAL ID this year, including Washington state, Maine, Minnesota, Alaska, Montana and Missouri.

Non-U.S. Citizens:

All non-U.S. citizens, residing in the United States, must show a valid Alien Registration (green cards) along with their valid passports. All others must show valid passport and other required visas including a multi-entry visa for the U.S. All non-U.S. citizens must check with all appropriate government agencies, embassies or consulates regarding visa and documentation requirements to travel to the ports of call included in the itinerary.

It is the sole responsibility of all guests to provide the proper citizenship documentation required for embarkation of their vessel and re-entry into the United States. Guests will also be responsible for providing proper identification upon airport check-in. Those without proper identification will be denied boarding. Guests denied boarding by immigration officials or travel providers due to lack of proper documentation, criminal convictions, or any reason, will not be entitled to a refund.

Important Notes:

  1. Some countries have a very strict policy of denying entry to those with criminal convictions, Canada is a one of those. If you have a criminal conviction, it is your responsibility to ensure that you can enter the countries on your trip. Being denied entry or ability to board the ship is not covered by insurance and not subject to refund of any portion of your vacation costs. 
  2. Owing back child support can also be grounds for denial of travel. 
  3. Pregnancy: If you are pregnant or may become pregnant, it is important to ensure you meet the conditions of travel for your cruise line (generally not beyond 24 weeks at any point during the cruise). All these issues are your responsibility to comply with and no refunds will be granted for any denial of travel.
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