Will I need a passport?
No matter what age, length of cruise or duration on land, all passengers going to an international destination need a passport. You must have a valid passport, which is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the date of the cruise return. So, if your cruise returns on 6th May, ensure that your passport expiry date is after 6th November. If you’re an Australian resident going on a coastal cruise from Australia, that doesn’t visit a foreign port, you won’t need your passport. You will, however, need a government issued photo identification. Queensland Proof of Age cards will not be accepted, but a current Medicare card can be used for passengers under the age of 18.
If you are travelling to an international port or destination, you will require a passport to travel. Cruise1st require a copy of each travelling passengers passport. Please email or post a scanned copy or photograph of the ID information page for each passenger, including children. Passport information can be sent through our contact form .
If you are yet to apply for a passport or your passport is expired, please email or post a copy when your new passport is available. Don’t forget: you need to have at least 6 months validity on your passport beyond your date of return for international travel.
Will I need a visa?
Got an Australian or New Zealand passport? You won’t need a visa for any South Pacific, Australian or New Zealand itinerary. For visits to the United States, you will need a valid ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). Visit the ESTA website for more information and to start your application. Similarly, in Canada, you will need an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). This is only required if you’re travelling by air though. Check the ETA website to start your application or find out more.
Travelling with a passport that is not from Australia / New Zealand
There are many regulations that apply to different nationalities and countries. If you hold a passport that is other than Australian or New Zealand, please check with your relevant embassy about visa requirements. Please note that travel on your cruise will not revalidate an Australian re-entry visa.
Your visa requirments will depend on the passport you hold, your citizenship and the destinations you visit.
To determine your exact visa requirements, we strongly recommend taking the following steps:
- Visit the VisaCentral website and use their helpful online tool to determine visa requirements for each country you will visit
- Contact the consulate or embassy, or visit the government website for visa information about each country or port you will visit
- Some cruise lines offer low cost visas on board for certain ports of call, we recommend contacting your cruise line directly to request visa information for each port
- Remember to check if you require transit visas, certain countries such as China and Vietnam require transit visas for some itineraries
Travelling to the USA and Canada
If you are travelling to the USA or Canda, we require details of each travelling passengers passport in order to confirm and issue any flight tickets. Passport information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
For any travel to the USA please ensure you visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ to determine if you require an ESTA for travel. Australian and New Zealand passport holders will require a valid ESTA for travel to the USA.
For any travel to Canada please ensure you visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp to determine if you require an ETA for travel. Australian and New Zealand passport holders will require a valid ETA for travel to Canada.
If you require a visa for any international destination, we also recommend providing us with a copy of each passengers visa details by email or post.