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How long should my passport be valid for?

If you are a British Citizen, a full passport is required for all cruises.  All British Passports must be valid for travel and have at least six months validity after you return home at the end of your holiday.  It is recommended that you have some blank pages in your passport for entry and exit stamps.  All British Citizens require a full 10 year British Passport for all cruises. Children need their own passports.  It is important that names and initials on the passport exactly match those on your tickets.

Please note that British Visitor Passports are no longer valid.  British Subject passport holder requirements may differ so please check them before travelling.

If you are applying for a new passport, please leave adequate time to action your application.  Please be aware that if you are applying for your first British Citizen passport, you may be required to attend interviews prior to the passport being issued.  For this reason we would advise all guests in this situation to allow a minimum of six weeks to obtain their passports.


For visa requirements you should check with your travel agent or our preferred visa supplier, CIBT, on 0207 620 6998, to ensure you have the correct documentation.  You may find the following question useful - Will I need a visa?

For further information, please contact the Identity and Passport Service Adviceline on (+44) 0300 222 00 00 or visit the website at or use the on line contact form on Please note British Visitor Passports are no longer valid. British Subject* passport holder requirements may differ, please check them before travelling. At times it may be necessary for the ship’s staff to hold your passport for a short time to be able to complete immigration formalities on your behalf.  

* British Subject passport holders are mostly people who were born in British India before 01/01/49 and did not become citizens of India, or who were citizens of Eire and British subjects before 01/01/49 and have made a claim to retain British Subject status.

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