Guests are responsible for obtaining proper documentation to board the ship. U.S. Government passport requirements continue to change; therefore, we strongly encourage Guests of all ages to have a valid U.S. passport for all cruises. Having a passport allows you to always be prepared to travel wherever you wish, and offers an added measure of security when you're traveling.
For air travel, however, the deadline was January 23, 2007. This means that all travelers, including U.S. Citizens and all foreign nationals, traveling to the United States by air, such as Guests flying to Orlando, Florida from Canada, are required to carry a valid passport after the effective date.
Please visit the U.S. Department of State website at http://travel.state.gov or call the U.S. National Passport Information Center at 877-4USA-PPT for the most current requirements. To learn about the required documents you will need in order to board the ship, please visit Travel Documentation Information.
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When To Start
In general, the passport application process can take up to 8 weeks to complete, so it's best to get started as soon as possible—even if your travel is months away.
Disney Cruise Line asks that you provide your passport number at least 75 days prior to the start of your vacation in your Guest Information Form in My Online Check-In. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to acquire proper citizenship documentation (e.g., passport and/or green card). Those without proper documentation at time of departure will be denied boarding.
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What You Need
You must appear in person at the passport location when you are applying for a passport for the first time. This includes minors (see Children Under the Age of 16 below).
Here are the documents you will need in most cases:
- The U.S. Government's DS-11 Application – Download the application from the government site to be certain you have the latest form. You will need to complete this form, but DO NOT SIGN it until you are at the passport location where the Passport Acceptance Agent will instruct you. If you sign the application form before you arrive, it will not be accepted and you will be asked to complete a new form. Don't use white-out or correction tape on the application. If you do, you will be asked to complete a new form.
- Proof of citizenship – Visit the U.S. Government website for a list of acceptable proof of citizenship, including the particulars of what is considered a certified birth certificate. You need to submit your certified birth certificate with the passport application. That means you will not have it in your possession for approximately 8 weeks. If you will need the certificate during that time—for example, to register your child to attend kindergarten or to play soccer—be sure to make a copy.
- Current valid identification with a signature, photo and physical description (your height, weight, etc.) – Visit the government site for examples of valid identification. A social security card is not considered valid identification.
- 2 current color photos – Visit the government site for the particulars of a passport photo, including size and acceptable attire. Some passport locations offer photos at an additional charge. Call your location to find out.
- Methods of payment – Visit the U.S. Government site for the methods of payment. Different locations accept different forms of payment. Be sure to check with your individual passport location to verify its acceptable methods of payment. You can request Expedited Service to obtain your passport faster than the normal processing time.
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Where to Go
There are 14 Passport Agencies and over 9,000 public places that accept passport applications. To find the locations nearest you, including locations that offer handicapped access and photos on site or nearby, enter your ZIP code in the form at the U.S. Government site. Be sure to contact your location to verify acceptable forms of payment, hours of operation and whether you need an appointment.
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