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  • On Nov 21, 2022
    Sab from Victoria Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Considering New Years Cruise Syd/Noumea/Syd. Do we need passports, 2 adults & 2 Kids? I read US citizens don't need passports for Mexico. I'm confused. Don't we all need passports if we travel to another country? US citizens included?

    Ahoy there, Sab! Welcome!

    First, I hope you have an absolute blast on your upcoming Disney Cruise Line adventure on one of the brand new Australian itineraries. Those are shaping up to be some truly memorable voyages, and I'm so glad you are going to be able to enjoy one with your family. Your particularly epic itinerary not only gives you some awesome sea day opportunities to explore the Disney Wonder, but you also have that port stop in Nouméa, New Caledonia. Amazing.

    Okay, so the short answer is yes, residents of Australia do need a passport to travel to New Caledonia. The closed-loop cruises you've read about are only for cruises sailing from a US port and returning to that same US port. It's part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which was put into place by the US Departments of State and Homeland Security, and it applies only to travel in the United States. It doesn't allow US citizens to travel anywhere without a passport, and even on a closed-loop cruise, if you are traveling to a country that requires a passport, you will need one to get off the ship. 

    Having said that, even with closed-loop cruises, although a passport is not part of the required documentation, it is highly recommended. There's a whole bunch of red tape and possibly some additional expense if you have an emergency and need to get back to the US from a foreign country without a passport!

    Sab, I hope this clears things up for you! You should be shipshape and ready to sail!
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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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