Do I need a Visa for my Cruise ?

Knowing whether you need a visa for your cruise is a common question that arises.

I hope the below will be of some assistance to New Zealand & Australian passport holders only, it is by no means the entire list of countries, however it is some of the more popular cruise destinations. Before you travel anywhere, you should always check with your relevant Consulate, Embassy or a Visa Advisory Specialist as to whether a visa is required for the cruise itinerary you have chosen.

Any client travelling without proper documentation will be denied boarding or disembarked at ports of call, and no refund of the cruise fare or other costs will be issued. If at any time you have had a criminal conviction, you may need a visa beyond normal requirements.

China
Australian and New Zealand passport holders staying on board or going ashore to visit any Chinese ports are required to obtain a single-entry Chinese visa (3 month validity) prior to travel. We recommend you include a copy of your itinerary with your application and confirm the expiration of the visa at the time of issue to ensure that it is valid for your stay in China. Visas cannot be issued upon the ship’s arrival. Please note that any passengers not in possession of a Chinese visa may be denied boarding or incur a fine.

Russia
Guests who wish to travel ashore on their own require a visa for Russia, this must be purchased before your arrival and cannot be obtained locally. If you purchase one of your cruise lines shore excursions then a visa is not required as this is covered in the shore excursion.

Indonesia
Visas for Indonesia are compulsory and will be issued upon the ship’s arrival, whether you are staying on board or going ashore. You do not need to obtain a Indonesian visa in advance of your voyage. Applicable charges will be applied to your onboard account. Indonesian Customs have strict regulations in regards to passport validity and require that all passports be valid for at least six (6) months after your date of return.

Papua New Guinea
Visas for Papua New Guinea are compulsory and will be issued upon the ship’s arrival, whether you are staying on board or going ashore. You do not need to obtain a visa for Papua New Guinea in advance of the cruise. Applicable charges will be applied to your on board account.

Vietnam
Visas for Vietnam are compulsory for and will be issued upon the ship’s arrival, whether you are staying on board or going ashore. You do not need to obtain a Vietnamese visa in advance of the cruise. Applicable charges will be applied to your onboard account.

India
Australian and New Zealand passport holders staying on board or going ashore are required to obtain a single-entry Indian visa (3 month validity) prior to travel. We recommend you confirm the expiration of the visa at the time of purchase to ensure that it is valid for your stay in India. The Government of India has introduced new entry regulations which requires a two-month period between visits to India from the date of departure to the date of re-entry, regardless of the length of stay or visa validity. If you have visited or plan to visit India within two months of the ship’s visit, please contact the Indian Consulate to request special permission for re-entry within this 2-month period.

United Arab Emirates
Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for their visit to United Arab Emirates if their cruise is considered ‘in transit’. If you are joining or disembarking in United Arab Emirates then please check with your local consulate.

Oman
Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for their visit to Oman if their cruise is considered ‘in transit’. You do not need to obtain a visa in advance of the cruise unless you are joining the ship in Oman.

Egypt
Quick Trip Visa stamps for Egypt are compulsory and will be issued upon the ship’s arrival, whether you are staying on board or going ashore. You do not need to obtain an Egyptian visa in advance of the cruise. Applicable charges will be applied to your onboard account. If you are joining your cruise in Egypt, you will need to purchase a visa on arrival at the airport.

This information was correct at time of publication, but it subject to change by the relevant government authorities without notice.

 

2 Comments

  1. Ellen Davis
    Posted May 7, 2015 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I will be going on a cruise later in the year to, UAE and Oman .. Do I need a visa? Can I buy a tourist visa at the ports???

    • alison
      Posted May 7, 2015 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ellen, Thank you for your message. Oman does have visa requirements although these are different for each country. The travel agent or cruise line who you booked with should provide you with the applicable visa information pertaining to your nationality. I would suggest you contact them for the best advice. Have a lovely trip.

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