Today, I thought a good topic to discuss is Passport Book vs. Passport Card. I’ve had quite a few people ask me if a passport card would be ok.
The answer is… it depends.
Going on a Cruise? Now, it does depend on what type of cruise, whether it’s closed-loop or not, and where you’re coming and going to.
Your standard US-departure cruise that comes back to the same US port – you don’t need a passport. I DO recommend one, however, and here’s why.
Let’s say you’re on the cruise, and you get an urgent communication from home that is an emergency. It’s going to be really tough to fly home from Jamaica without your passport.
If you’re going on an Alaska cruise, and flying into or out of Canada, you’re going to need the passport. How about a Europe cruise? Definitely a passport will be necessary.
Let’s just say I always suggest the passport because not only is it easier to carry around than your ID AND birth certificate, you can now open the doors to the rest of the world!
What about the Passport Card? Yes, it’s cheaper. But here’s how you can use the Passport Card:
- if you’re going to drive across the border into Canada and/or Mexico
- only fly domestically and don’t want to get a REAL ID
Yep, that’s about it!
The Passport Card CANNOT be used for international air travel. It CAN be used for domestic air travel – within the United States only.
The demand is going up currently for passports. So if you are planning to travel with one, you should definitely start the process early. I’d suggest beginning to work on it as soon as you know you’ll be taking the trip.
Here’s a handy reference guide for the Passport & Passport card by the US Department of State: US Department of State Website – Passport & Passport Card
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