REQUIRED CRUISE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
Below are the travel document requirements required by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) which apply to cruise travel. Please note that this information could be updated at any time without notice. Click Here to view the latest documentation and identification requirements from Virgin Voyages Cruise Line.
Names on Travel Documentation
The name on your cruise reservation/ticket MUST MATCH the name on your passport (or birth certificate and government-issued photo I.D., see below). Please click here regarding name changes as the result of a marriage, divorce or other legal name change, for information on additional documentation you may need to provide (such as a marriage certificate, etc).
Air Travel - Real ID
Effective May 7, 2025, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require every state and territory resident to present a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of identification, such as a passport or enhanced driver’s license, in order to go through airport security and board a flight within the U.S.
All guests must still have the required travel documents and identification (see below) in order to board the cruise.
All U.S. Citizens aged 16 years and older taking “closed-loop” cruises – sailings which depart from and return to the same U.S. port – will be required to present a valid WHTI-compliant document – OR – proof of citizenship AND a valid government issued photo I.D.
Proof Of Citizenship
• An original or copy of a birth certificate issued by a government agency (state/county/city) or the Department of Health and Vital Statistics
• Certificate of U.S. Naturalization
• U.S. Consular report of your birth abroad
Guests may obtain a copy of a birth certificate by contacting: The Department of Health and Vital Statistics at: vitalchek.com. Baptismal papers and hospital issued certificates of birth are not acceptable. Voter registration cards and Social Security cards are also not considered proof of citizenship.
Government Issued Photo ID’s
• Real ID Driver's License or ID Card
• State Enhanced Driver’s License
• Trusted Traveler Program Card Government-issued (NEXUS/SENTRI/FAST)
• Government-issued identification card including a U.S. Military I.D. with photo (city/state/federal)
Citizens of U.S. Territories and Commonwealth
Guests must follow the same travel documentation requirements. U.S. Territories and Commonwealth include: Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John), America Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
U.S. ALIEN RESIDENTS
U.S. Alien Residents must contact the appropriate Consulates, U.S. Embassy and U.S. Immigration office to inquire about necessary travel documentation. Virgin Voyages assumes no responsibility for advising guests of Immigration requirements. Note: The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative does not pertain to U.S Alien Residents.
Guests are required to carry a valid, unexpired, Alien Resident Card (that includes a Photo I.D.). In addition, U.S. Alien Residents must contact the appropriate Consulates, U.S. Embassy and U.S. Immigration office to inquire about necessary travel documentation. Virgin Voyages assumes no responsibility for advising guests of Immigration requirements.
If an Alien Resident Card does not have an expiration date on the front, then it is a very old version and it is recommended that the guest applies to renew it. Filing instructions and forms are available at www.uscis.gov.
Photo I.D. Information (if not on the Alien Resident Card): A non-expired Government-Issued Photo I.D is required of all guests 16 years of age or older such as a Driver’s License, Driver’s Permit or Government issued identification card (city/state/federal).
However passports are not required for US Citizens. US Citizens are able to sail with an original or certified copy of their U.S. birth certificate and a valid government issued photo ID.
Non-U.S citizens are required to carry a valid, unexpired passport and a valid, unexpired Multiple Entry Visa, if applicable. In addition, Non-U.S Citizens are advised to check with the appropriate government authority to determine any additional necessary travel documents. Virgin Voyages assumes no responsibility for advising guests of Immigration requirements. Guests without proper identification may be refused boarding or entry into the United States.
Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
Non-U.S citizens that are eligible to apply for admission under the Visa Waiver Program must have a valid, unexpired machine readable passport that includes specified security features (biometric identifiers). In addition, travelers are required to have an electronic travel authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
Canadian citizens can present a valid passport, Enhanced Driver’s License, or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST). Canadian children under 16 need only present a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship. The birth certificate can be original, photocopy, or certified copy.
Mexican citizens, including children, are required to present a passport with visa, or a Border Crossing Card.