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Required Documentation and Customs Regulations



All U.S. citizens must travel with proof of citizenship. For example,  a valid passport, or certified birth certificate (with official raised seal) and picture identification, or a certified naturalization certificate with a picture identification. Acceptable forms of picture identification are a state driver’s license or federal, state, or local government photo I.D. card. Guests under the age of 18, who are U.S. citizens, must provide proof of citizenship, but don’t need a photo I.D. These guidelines are based on U.S. government regulations which are subject to change at any time.

Although a passport may not always be mandatory for a cruise, it is strongly advisable to carry one with you. If an unexpected emergency arose requiring a guest to fly home from a port, the guest with a passport already has the proper documentation. The guest without proper documentation, is not going to be able to fly home.  In addition, please be sure to check with the U.S. Department of State for current regulations. It is the guest’s responsibility to check with government agencies, embassies or consulates prior to their vacation to ensure that they have proper documentation.

Please ensure that you have the proper identification and required documentation when planning your cruise. Boarding will be denied without proper proof, and no refund will be given. We suggest that all U.S. and Canadian Citizens travel with a valid passport as their documentation.

Security guidelines require all adult guests to show a picture I.D. to embark and disembark the ship in all ports, excluding Castaway Cay. Please note that any unaccompanied minors below 18 years of age must have a consenting parent, guardian, or responsible adult at the gangway to provide authorization by signature. Guests will receive announcements regarding necessary documentation prior to arriving at the port. For any questions, please visit Guest Services.

If you are flying, there are different requirements for documentation in place regarding identification, but a passport will suffice.   Please check https://www.tsa.gov/ for all the latest information.

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Customs Regulations

Customs Sample BackCustoms Sample FrontU.S. customs regulations are often confusing. As a rule of thumb, if your travel as taken you out of the United States, you must declare all articles acquired during your trip and in your possession at the time of your return. This includes:

  • Items that you purchased.
  • Items purchased in duty-free shops or on board the ship.
  • Repairs or alterations made to any articles taken abroad and returned, whether or not repairs or alterations were free of charge.
  • All items you intend to sell or use in your business. Promotional items and samples valued at $1 or less are for Customs purposes only.
  • If you are celebrating any occasion on your cruise and have gifts presented to you while abroad. These would be items such as wedding and birthday presents or inherited items.

The limits to the amount of duty-free merchandise differ depending on the cruise itinerary.

At the conclusion of your Disney Cruise, one guest per family must complete one U.S. Customs Declaration Form per family to submit to U.S. Customs upon return to U.S. soil. Prior to the end of the cruise, forms will be provided in every stateroom. Additional forms and forms in languages other than English are available from Guest Services onboard the ship.

For more information on Customs and regulations visit U.S. Customs. Here are the instructions to fill out the visit form. Please click on the link provided to access the instructions.

Below is a sample of what is allowed by Customs and Border Patrol. For a great resource and current information about other destinations, visit the Customs and Border Patrol website.

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All Bahamian/Caribbean Itineraries not including USVI

There are lots of exciting duty-free shopping right on board in the shops on Disney the Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, and Disney Dream as well as onshore in the ports! Each Guest returning from a country outside of the United States including the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, and European Countries to the U.S. can bring back up to a total of U.S. $800 worth of duty-free merchandise (retail price). For example, guests 21+ can bring two liters of alcohol, 1 liter must be Bahamian. Guests 18+ can bring 200 cigarettes, 100 cigars (not Cuban). U.S. Law mandates these limited and are subject to change.

7 Night Eastern Caribbean Itinerary

Each Guest returning from the Eastern Caribbean to the U.S. can bring back up to a total of U.S. $1,200 worth of duty-free merchandise (retail price). However, the total value of purchases made on board the ship, St. Maarten, and Castaway Cay cannot exceed $800. Alternatively, the entire $1,200 U.S. duty-free exemption is utilized solely for purchases made in St. Thomas. You can bring back up to 5 liters of alcohol. In St. Maarten or on the ship, only one liter can be purchased. For example, if you buy 4 liters on St. Thomas, you can exceed the limit as long as 1 liter was produced in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each Guest 18 and older is limited to 5 cartons of cigarettes (only 1 carton can be acquired in St. Maarten or on the ship, with an additional 4 cartons being exempted if purchased on St. Thomas) and 100 cigars (excluding Cuban cigars). U.S. law mandates these limits and are subject to change.

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