The Caribbean is a wonderful place to spend a vacation any time of year, and with the cruise industry poised to set a record 23 million passengers in 2015, it’s sure to raise questions about which Caribbean islands require a passport.
“The time between booking travel and check-in date is shrinking, with Americans booking a median 18 days in advance, and just 26 days before traveling to the Caribbean,” says Isar Meitis, President of e-Commerce for Last Minute Travel Club. “Our expert agents within our call center are continually being asked about passport requirements, especially when booking last minute.”
For those without a U.S. Passport, or with an expired one, and looking to travel soon, we look to the leaders at RushMyPassport.com for guidance.
U.S. citizens must have a state-issued photo ID, however, no passport is required (though you may use a passport as ID). For U.S. residents that have a foreign passport, use your U.S. visa, naturalization certificate, or residence card when going through customs in Puerto Rico.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Same rules as above apply, however, the USVI tourism board states that a passport is still the best identification when traveling to St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.
Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, etc.
If you are traveling by plane from the U.S., you must have a U.S. Passport. While traveling on a cruise, see the rules set by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), or click HERE to read descriptions based on travel by sea.