A Guide to Cruise VISA's and Travel Restrictions

January is the month of the world cruises, with many lines including P&O Cruises, Cunard and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines operating extensive sailings that incorporate a range of wide destinations across a number of continents. Some of these itineraries see passengers travel eastward out of the UK towards the Mediterranean or Africa, while others head westward across the Atlantic on-route to the Americas.

Wherever your customers decide to travel to, however, you will need to ensure all the documentation is in place to ensure their cruise goes without a hitch. While it may be down to the customer to sort out insurance necessary medical procedures – although they may still require assistance here – it is ultimately down to you to ensure visas are obtained where required.

Travel Visa

Fortunately, the British passport is renowned for being the third best passport in the world for visa-free travel, with UK holiday-makers able to enjoy easy access without documentation to a total of 175 countries. Even more fortunate is the fact that most of the countries that require visa access are located further inland, which means they are unlikely to be visited during an ocean cruise holiday, although they may still be accessible via a river cruise.

When it comes to obtaining visas for your clients, one of the best fast-track providers is CIBT, who have more than 50 years of experience in this field. The firm can offer assistance in obtaining the necessary documents to enter some of the most restricted nations on earth including China, India, Australia and Russia. Our definitive table below offers a guide as to which nations require certain documentation.

  Visa-Free Entry Visa Required
Europe

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City

Russia, Turkey
North America and Caribbean Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa, Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States Cuba (Tourist Card Required)
Asia, Australia and Oceania Brunei, Indonesia, Israel, Fiji, Japan, Jordan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, South Korea, Tonga, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Vietnam Australia (eVisitor required), Bahrain, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Oman, Qatar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey
Africa Gambia, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Tunisia Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania
South America Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela Suriname

The last thing you want to happen is for a passenger to arrive in their dream destination, only to later be denied access due to not being in possession of the correct documentation. This is particularly important when you also consider that most of these countries won’t even allow the passenger to remain on board the ship if they are refused entry.

There are a few nations, such as Australia and Cuba, where different documentation is required and entry requirements are more restricted. Furthermore, it is worth ensuring your client also has a number of spare pages remaining in their passport, as some nations require two clear, blank pages in order to provide a tourist with a stamp.


The cruise industry is booming at the moment, with more and more holidaymakers opting to go on a holiday across the seas in 2018. There are new ships being introduced all the time and new destinations being added to itineraries. Additionally, there are popular hotel brands seeking to make their mark on the cruise industry by unveiling their own intention to operate passenger-based ships.

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