Discussion in 'Cruises' started by LordoftheMings, Dec 25, 2012.
The rule of thumb when it comes to knowing if you need a cruise visa is down to your nationality, countries you are visiting and ports of call. Since one of you holds an American passport, you won't need a visa for cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America. However, as a South African traveller, you will need what they call "multiple-entry Schengen visa", which has to be issued by the country in which you are planning to spend the longest time.
mandatory to have a passport
A visa always depends on what passport you hold but one thing that I know for sure is that you will need a valid passport in order to do a cruise. I remember a day when as a US or Canadian citizen, we could cruise without a passport...all we needed was a form of photo identity, but now it's mandatory for all cruise line passengers to carry a passport.
that's not quite accurate. If you were to take a cruise to Brazil on a south african passport, you wouldn't require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days; while as an American citizen you would need to get a Brazilian tourist visa before embarking on the cruise.
ask your embassy
hell there, my advice is to check with your embassy rather than rely on a forum for info regarding visas. Most countries have different visa rules for 'ordinary tourists' and cruise ship passengers. For example, when I traveled to Turkey, in order to get a visa (they call it a 'blanket visa' which is issued to the cruise line) it was mandatory I entered and left Turkey on the same ship. The drawback was that I couldn't spend the night off-ship, and I wasn't even allowed to hang around the port area.
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