Passport and Visa Requirements

Cruise1st provides general advice and information about passport and visa requirements. However, please remember that meeting passport and visa requirements is the responsibility of each travelling passenger.

Passports and visas are not required for domestic travel, but please note that you will still require photo identification to board your cruise or flight.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 that is valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of the cruise's return. For example, 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 to bring your passport. You will, however, need 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 requires a copy of each travelling passenger’s passport. Please email or post a scanned copy or photograph of the identification information page for each passenger, including children. Passport information can be sent through our contact form.

If you have yet to renew your passport or your passport is expired, please email or post a copy when your new passport is available. Don’t forget: You will need to have at least six months’ validity on your passport beyond the date of your return for international travel.

Are you travelling with a non-Australian or non-New Zealand passport?

There are many regulations that apply to different nationalities and countries. If you hold a passport that is from a country 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.

Will I need a visa?

Australian or New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa for any South Pacific, Australian, or New Zealand itinerary.

Your visa requirements will depend on your citizenship, the passport you hold, and the destinations you intend to visit.

To determine your exact visa requirements, we strongly recommend taking the following steps:

  • Scroll down to check your Visa requirements with The Visa Machine, a helpful online tool to determine the 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.

If you require a visa for any international destination, we also recommend providing us with a copy of each passenger’s visa details by email or post.

Are you travelling to the United States and/or Canada?

If you are travelling to the United States and/or Canada, we require details of each travelling passenger’s passport in order to confirm and issue any flight tickets. Passport information can be sent to us directly.

For travel to the United States, you may need to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). Australian and New Zealand passport holders will require a valid ESTA for travel to the United States. Please visit the ESTA website for more information and to start your application.

Similarly, in Canada, you may need to apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). Australian and New Zealand passport holders will require a valid ETA for travel to Canada. However, this is only required if you’re travelling by air. Please visit the ETA website to find out more and to start your application.

Checking Your Visa Requirements

With Cruise1st, you can travel to destinations around the globe. And it’s not just the United States and Canada that require travel visas. Luckily for you, we have all the information you need right here.

Find the country – or countries – you’re visiting on the map below.

After selecting them, click Select Visas. Once you enter your details on the following screen, you will receive details of the visas you require.


Cruise1st Tours

If your cruise holiday or package includes a tour, it is important that you provide us with visa information for each passenger prior to travel. Visa information is mandatory as Cruise1st is required to provide your visa information to the tour supplier prior to issuing final travel documents. Visa information can be sent to us directly.

Some destinations will not allow you to apply for a visa until closer to the date of departure. If this is the case, please provide us with a copy of your visa when it becomes available.

We also require copies of all passengers’ passports travelling on a tour prior to issuing final travel documents. Please provide a copy of the identification page of each passenger’s passport to us directly.

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