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  • On Sep 6, 2023
    Mercedas from MO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does a 4 year old need a passport for a Disney cruise that leaves Fort Lauderdale and travels to Cozumel? Or is a birth certificate enough?

    Welcome to planDisney, Mercedas!  

    How exciting that you’re looking ahead to a fabulously fun Disney Cruise Line vacation next year for your family. You’re smart to be thinking about travel documentation requirements early, so I’m happy to share this critical information for smooth sailing on your trip. You will upload an electronic scan of these documents during online check-in and present them in person when you arrive at the port on your special sail date. 

    For U.S. Citizens (of all ages, including your four-year-old) on a round-trip sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Mexico and the Caribbean, a U.S. Passport is not required. Disney highly recommends a U.S. Passport as the strongest form of citizenship verification in the event of an emergency potentially requiring air travel.

    The following documentation is required for U.S. Citizens to sail with Disney Cruise Line and the documentation must be valid for the length of your voyage:

    You may present an:

    • Original valid U.S. Passport, or
    • Original valid U.S. Passport Card, or
    • Original valid Trusted Traveler Card (NEXUS, FAST) 

    OR one of the following:

    • Original or copy of your state issued birth certificate and U.S. Government-issued photo ID (please note a photo identification is not required for your four-year-old, only the birth certificate), or
    • Original Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) issued by the U.S. Department of State and a physical Government-issued photo ID (digital/mobile state-issued IDs are not acceptable to sail), or
    • Original Certificate of Naturalization issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and a physical Government-issued photo ID

    If anyone in your family is not a U.S. Citizen, there are different requirements for their travel; Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S. must present a valid original Permanent Resident Card, and citizens of other nations must present a valid passport from their home country. 

    Please be sure to review these requirements for travel on the Disney Cruise Line website, and if you have any questions about obtaining a U.S. Passport or other documentation, please see the U.S. Department of State’s website. 

    Once you get the technical requirements underway, you will have such an amazing time on this cruise! Your child is going to be so full of wonder and magic experiencing everything onboard. Disney's Oceaneer Club is a fantastic, safe place for them to enjoy a little independence under the close watch of the incredible youth counselors for endless entertainment full of Disney themes and characters. Be sure to review any age requirements as you research Port Adventures which will help narrow down what you’d like to experience together in each port.  

    Thanks for sailing by with your important question about travel documentation, Mercedas. Please don’t be a stranger to our planDisney crew as you continue to chart a course for adventure together! 

    Wishing you a magical cruise,

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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