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hi to all!

i have question...hope you guys can help....

me and my hubby are planning for a cruise and we are not sure

what do I need, I am currently a permanent resident ...do I need certain visa for each place we are

visiting like for example, mexico,bahamas or the carribean?

do I need just my passport and my green card? please help

or anybody here went on a cruise that can give insight about it please


thankyou in advance!! :D

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Your residence card and passport will be all you need for Bahamas and Mexico.


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Your residence card and passport will be all you need for Bahamas and Mexico.


I depends on the individual country... but generally most of the Carribean allows US PRs entry without a visa. Check the website stated above for each of the ports-of-call that you will be visiting to make sure that they allow entry to US PR card holders without a visa.

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Maybe your travel agent would be able to tell you, I think....

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I just went on a cruise in March and one thing I learned was that a greencard holder has to check in with immigration officials when the ship comes back in BEFORE anyone else can disembark. We had to wait in a hallway while they paged the 'missing persons'.

Enjoy your cruise!


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Hubby and I went on a cruise for our first anniversary just last month and it was a very easy process. We didn't even have our physical green card, just a stamp in the passport, and everything went smoothly (on Royal Caribbean).

First of all, go to this site to find out your visa requirements. It's so easy - http://research.zvs.com/catalog.html

When you depart, they will ask to see your green card and another photo ID before check-in. Your check-in may take a little longer than other people, but they are used to green card holders because most cruises have hundreds of international folks onboard.

Now, arrival was a much different experience. My husband did not have his physical green card so we were asked to step aside when we reached our border agent and he had to make several phone calls to verify his identity. Then Peter had to answer questions like what is his mother and father's name, where was he born, etc. It took about 20-30 minutes in all, and the people in line behind us weren't very happy (most people only took 2-3 minutes), but we both think had he had more than just the passport stamp it would have gone a bit smoother.

Overall it was a wonderful experience and as long as you have a green card you should be pretty free to travel where you want. If a country does require a visa (check the site I gave you above), it's usually inexpensive and easy to get. We went to the Bahamas so I did call the Bohemian consulate to verify that he would be OK before I left. It may be wise for you to do the same.

If you have just half the amount of fun that we did, you're in for a very pleasant surprise. Enjoy your cruise!

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