Important Travel Documentation
Anyone traveling out of the country is required to have a Valid USPassport (Blue cover)
Traveling by Air?
All individuals, regardless of age, must have their own passport whentraveling internationally by air.
If you have never had a U.S. passport, you must apply in person, using the DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport. Please visit our First Time Applicants page for information on application requirements, application fees, and where to apply.
If you have previously owned or currently own a U.S. passport, you may qualify to renew your passport by mail. Please visit our Renew a Passport page to learn more about the application requirements, application fees, and to find out if you qualify to renew by mail.
Traveling by Sea?
All adult U.S. citizens arriving by sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean must have a passport.*
Either a passport book or passport card may be used.
All U.S. citizens may apply for a passport card.
To learn more about the passport card, including how to apply and the differences between the passport book and passport card, please visit
*"Closed-Loop" Cruises: If you are a U.S. citizen, and you board a cruise ship at a U.S. port, travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship, you may present government-issued photo identification, along with proof of citizenship (an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization). Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport to enter the foreign countries your cruise ship is visiting. Check with your cruise line to ensure you have the appropriate documents.
Routine 4-6 Weeks
Expedited 3 Weeks
Expedited at Agency 8 Business Days
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PASSOPORT WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL. CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE ON YOUR PASSPORT. PASSPORT CARDS ARE NOT VALID FOR AIR TRAVEL.