Do UK Cruisers require visas?
Visa requirements differ from country to country and can change at any time. To check the entry requirements for all countries, as per the FCDO, please visit the following website.
For further information on visa requirements, we recommend that you contact our visa partner The Travel Visa Company. They will be able to provide tailored advice and for a fee, assist with arranging your documents. You can contact them via:
Tel: 01270 250 590
Office hours Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
The information below is based on the passenger holding a UK British Citizen (GBR) passport.
The below information is correct at the time of writing and if provided for guidance. We do not accept any responsibility for any inaccuracies. We suggest that you consult the UK Government’s FCDO advice, instructions contained within any links provided below, and The Visa Travel Company.
An eVisitor visa is available to British Citizen passport holders, flying to or visiting Australia on a cruise. It is free of charge and available here.
If you are visiting Canada, as a port of call on your itinerary, you do not need a visa.
If you are flying into Canada, you will need to get an eTA visa in advance of travel. The cost is approximately £4. Details here.
Visa rules and options for visa-free travel are complex. We recommend obtaining advice from The Travel Visa Company to discuss your options.
At the time of writing (July 2019), travel between the USA and Cuba for reasons of tourism is not permitted.
If you are flying direct to Cuba to board a cruise, you must get a Tourist Card to travel on your flight to Cuba. Please check if the cruise line includes your Tourist Card with your holiday, as this may be the case. If they are not, you must obtain one in advance of boarding your flight. Details here. To proceed, select that you are applying from ‘Reino Unido’.
If your cruise travels to the USA or you transit through the USA, please be aware that any non-US citizens who have travelled to Cuba on or after 12 January 2021 will be no longer eligible to participate in the visa waiver (ESTA) programme and will be required to apply for a visa.
See the information below on USA entry for further information.
An Indian e-visa is available to use if entering India through any 5 seaports of Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai, and Chennai. The cost is approximately £80. Full details can be found here.
If your itinerary has multiple calls to Indian ports and/or visits to Indian ports are separated by going to a port in another country, you may not be able to use the e-visa option and may have to obtain a standard tourist visa. We advise you to check whether the e-visa option can be used with your cruise line, as they will have agreed on the process with the Indian authorities. The best starting point will be the visa info they provide directly on their website. Often a cruise line will not release this information until 55 days before sailing.
If your cruise only makes one call in Sri Lanka, of less than 2 days, you should apply for a Transit e-visa, which is free.
British Citizen passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival in the UAE.
We have been advised that any non-US citizens who have travelled to Cuba on or after 12 January 2021 will be no longer eligible to participate in the visa waiver (ESTA) programme and will be required to apply for a visa. We strongly recommend that in any case, you apply for your ESTA or visa (whichever is applicable) at the earliest opportunity.
British Citizen passport holders who are eligible can apply to travel and enter the US through the Visa Waiver Program, by obtaining an ESTA. You should apply at least 72 hours before the date of travel with the process costing $14.
For customers flying into the US for a cruise around the USA/Alaska please enter the following information when filling out these questions on your ESTA application;
USA point of contact information - ship name
Address whilst in the USA - Cruise Lines HQ address.
Head Quarter Addresses
Cunard & P&O Cruises
Carnival UK, Carnival House, 100 Harbour Parade, Southampton, SO15 1ST
Norwegian Cruise Lines
7665 Corporate Center Drive, Miami, Florida 33126, USA
Princess Cruise Lines
24305 Avenue Rockerfella, Santa Clarita, California 91355, USA
Holland America Line
450 Third Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119, USA
Celebrity Cruise Line
1080 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida 33132, USA
Royal Caribbean & Azamara
1050 Caribbean Way, Miami, Florida, 33132-2096, USA
Roundwood Avenue, Uxbridge, Greater London, UB11 1AF, UK
Wigmore House, Wigmore Lane, Luton, LU2 9TN, UK
300 Elliottt Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119-4002, USA
Alexander House, Church Path, Woking, GU21 6EJ, UK
Full ESTA visa details can be found here.
We would like to remind you that it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the entry requirements for the countries that you are visiting or transiting. The latest advice is available on the FCDO Travel Advice page.