Travel Documentation: Canadian Citizens

Published 03/11/2015 10:50 PM   |    Updated 02/14/2017 03:35 PM

Carnival requires guests to provide proper travel documentation in order to travel. The documentation is required at embarkation and throughout the cruise and is the responsibility of the guest. Our policy states that any guest traveling without proper documentation will be denied boarding the ship and will be under full penalty, and therefore, will not be offered a refund or a replacement cruise.

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
The goal of the WHTI is to facilitate entry for U.S and Canadian citizens and legitimate foreign visitors, while strengthening U.S border security. Standard documentation will enable the Department of Homeland Security to quickly and reliably identify a traveler. The Western Hemisphere includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. 


Europe and Transatlantic Cruises
Canadian Citizens are required to carry a passport, valid for three months beyond the date of their visit. Guests are not required to have a Schengen Visa or other visas.

For Canadian Citizens who are U.S Permanent Residents, click here for additional required travel documentation. 

Cruises that include travel to Cuba
If your cruise includes travel to Cuba, click here to view required travel documentation as well as a Travel Affidavit, required for all guests, including children.    

Domestic Cruises that do not include travel to Cuba
All Canadian citizens, including children are required to carry a valid, unexpired Canadian passport if arriving by air into the United States. This includes cruise departures from Puerto Rico. The following forms of travel documentation are acceptable for cruise travel but not all are acceptable for border crossing (driving) into the United States.

Carnival highly recommends that guests travel with a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel (unless otherwise noted). This will enable guests to fly from Canada or the United States to meet their ship at the first port should they miss their scheduled embarkation and allow guests who must disembark the ship before their cruise ends due to an emergency to fly back to Canada or the United States without significant delays and complications.

Valid, Unexpired Canadian Passport
This form of documentation will be acceptable for air travel, cruise travel, land travel (border crossing between the U.S. and Canada).

  • Canadian citizens may present a valid, unexpired Canadian passport. It is recommended that all guests travel with a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel.
  • Canadian citizens who are U.S Permanent Residents MUST present a valid, unexpired U.S. Permanent Resident card. 

Expedited passport services are offered by VisaCentral. For more information, visit http://visacentral.ca/ or call 888-665-9956, identify yourself as a Carnival Cruise Line guest and mention ‘Carnival Account 10141’ for discounted rates on VisaCentral service fees.

Provincial Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)
This form of documentation will be acceptable for cruise travel and land travel (border crossing between the U.S. and Canada).

Several provinces are working with the Department of Homeland Security to develop a Provincial Enhanced Driver's License for Canadian citizens residing in their provinces. This document will denote both citizenship and identity and will contain security features to help prevent counterfeiting and facilitate the entry process at land and sea ports of entry. The card may not be used to travel by air outside of Canada. The following provinces are or will soon be issuing these types of WHTI compliant documents: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

Native American Indians

  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) – this card is only available for Canadian First Nations People
    • SCIS Cards with machine readable zone-optical character reader (MRZ-OCR) will be acceptable for cruise travel and land travel (border crossing between the U.S and Canada).
    • SCIS Cards without the machine readable zone-optical character reader (MRZ-OCR) can only be used for cruise travel.
  • Kootenai Tribe Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC) with affixed photo I.D.
    • ETC Card acceptable for cruise travel and land travel (border crossing between the U.S and Canada). 

Original or Legible, Quality Copy of Birth Certificate
Acceptable for Guests 15 years of age or younger ONLY!
This form of documentation will be acceptable for cruise travel and land travel (border crossing between the U.S. and Canada) and guest is not required to have a photo I.D.

  • An original birth certificate issued by a government agency (state/province/county/city).
  • A clear, legible copy of the original birth certificate that was issued by a government agency (state/province/county/city); the original or copy may be laminated as well.
  • A Consular Report of Birth Abroad

Original Canadian Citizenship Card
Acceptable for Guests 15 years of age or younger ONLY!
This form of documentation will be acceptable for cruise travel and land travel (border crossing between the U.S and Canada) and guest is not required to have a Photo I.D.

Naturalization Certificate
Acceptable for Guests 15 years of age or younger ONLY!
This form of documentation will be acceptable for cruise travel and land travel (border crossing between the U.S. and Canada) and guest is not required to have a Photo I.D.


Unacceptable Forms of Documentation

  • Copies of any of the WHTI compliant documents
  • Driver's License as the only proof
  • Temporary Driver’s License (paperwork without a Photo I.D.)
  • Trusted Traveler Program Membership Card (NEXUS/SENTRI/FAST) – may be used for photo identification use only
  • Voter's Registration Card
  • Baptismal Papers
  • Hospital certificate, hospital-issued birth notice, live record of birth or announcement of birth 
  • No Record of Birth certificate: a certificate issued by a Government Agency showing that they have no records on this person


Names on Travel Documentation
It is important that the guest’s full name on the cruise and airline tickets be the same as the guest’s non-expired government-issued photo I.D. they plan to use for travel identification. In the event of a different name on the cruise/airline ticket and the guest’s photo I.D. as a result of a marriage, divorce or a legal name change, documentation (original or clear, legible copy) supporting this change is required (at embarkation), such as a marriage certificate, marriage license or legal name change court document. Failure to bring documentation bridging the name differences could result in denial of  boarding.

Note: For newly married or soon-to-be married brides, we strongly recommend that if the non-expired government-issued photo I.D. is in the maiden name, the cruise booking be made in the maiden name (do not include the married name); If the reservation was made in the married name, but the non-expired government-issued photo I.D. is in the maiden name, documentation (original or clear, legible copy) supporting this change is required (at embarkation), such as a marriage certificate or marriage license. Failure to bring documentation bridging the name differences could result in denial of boarding.  

Since our reservation systems do not accept middle names, the middle name must be included during the Online Check-In process.


Traveling with a Minor

When traveling with a minor where one parent or both parents or legal guardians are not cruising, we strongly recommend bringing an original signed letter from the absent parent(s) or legal guardians authorizing the minor to travel with you. This will expedite processing by the Department of Homeland Security.

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