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ktjl92
11-04-2010, 07:23 PM
Is it sufficient? Has anyone used the card for that type of trip?

luvdisney24
11-04-2010, 09:03 PM
I believe the passport card is only good when traveling across the border into Canada or Mexico by ground transportation. I know the passport card will not work if you had to fly home from anywhere outside the US along your route. I am also not sure if you need a passport to embark at any of the stops along the way. I think your best option is to check online. Just google "US Passport" and you should be able to find the answer there.

erionm
11-04-2010, 09:27 PM
The only informaton I can find on the State Departments website is this:
The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.

http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt_card/ppt_card_3926.html

luvdisney24
11-04-2010, 09:36 PM
The only informaton I can find on the State Departments website is this:


http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt_card/ppt_card_3926.html

Good info! I new about the flying part but wasn't sure about the entry by ship. Looks like you can use the card on the cruise.

erionm
11-04-2010, 09:39 PM
Good info! I new about the flying part but wasn't sure about the entry by ship. Looks like you can use the card on the cruise.

That's my thinking, but a passport book is always preferred. If you have to fly home, you need the passport book.

EastYorkDisneyFan
11-05-2010, 12:49 AM
For the ones in 2008 Disney said Passports only, as this is not a closed loop cruise. You will be embarking and disembarking in a different port.

LIFERBABE
11-05-2010, 09:50 AM
For the ones in 2008 Disney said Passports only, as this is not a closed loop cruise. You will be embarking and disembarking in a different port.

Correct. We were on the Aug 2008 PC and we were required to have passports. Colombia required them for sure. I scoured the state department website and called and was told we needed them because of our itinerary. Each country has their own requirements that need to be observed.

We are just back from a Bahamas cruise with family and many sailed without passports but the PC is different.

ktjl92
11-05-2010, 11:40 AM
Thanks for the input. My confusion comes because DCL said we need the book but the guy at the passport info number from the government website said the card was sufficient - and while he should know, it doesn't do us a bit of good if DCL refuses boarding without the book.

The reservation form accepted the card number in the passport field -but since that's just a standard form, I'm not sure that tells me much.

Caropooh
11-05-2010, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the input. My confusion comes because DCL said we need the book but the guy at the passport info number from the government website said the card was sufficient - and while he should know, it doesn't do us a bit of good if DCL refuses boarding without the book.

The reservation form accepted the card number in the passport field -but since that's just a standard form, I'm not sure that tells me much.
The number is going to be the same for the card and the book. If you have just the card now and then get the book, the number won't change.

ktjl92
11-05-2010, 02:13 PM
The number is going to be the same for the card and the book. If you have just the card now and then get the book, the number won't change.

Perhaps, but in order to enter the card # into DCL's form, you must put the C in front of it.

LIFERBABE
11-05-2010, 03:04 PM
Thanks for the input. My confusion comes because DCL said we need the book but the guy at the passport info number from the government website said the card was sufficient - and while he should know, it doesn't do us a bit of good if DCL refuses boarding without the book.

The reservation form accepted the card number in the passport field -but since that's just a standard form, I'm not sure that tells me much.

Did he ask you your itinerary?. When I called the state department, the lady I spoke with checked each of our ports for the requirements. When I said Colombia, she said they required a passport. She then recommended I call the representative to confirm Colombia's requirements. You may want to call again and check for sure.
DCL is pretty adept at telling you what you need and dont need and since they are actually clearing you with customs, I would follow what they require.
Once we checked in for our PC, our passports never left the in room safe.

Caropooh
11-05-2010, 03:47 PM
Perhaps, but in order to enter the card # into DCL's form, you must put the C in front of it.

ahh, OK! I didn't realize that!

ktjl92
11-05-2010, 05:34 PM
Did he ask you your itinerary?. When I called the state department, the lady I spoke with checked each of our ports for the requirements. When I said Colombia, she said they required a passport. She then recommended I call the representative to confirm Colombia's requirements. You may want to call again and check for sure.
DCL is pretty adept at telling you what you need and dont need and since they are actually clearing you with customs, I would follow what they require.
Once we checked in for our PC, our passports never left the in room safe.

The 2011 Panama Crossing does not have a stop in Colombia (although the 2008 one did). The ports are: Castaway Cay, Aruba, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas (all Mexico), Los Angeles.

The Travel.state.gov/passport site states: The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book.

DH and I have our passport books (and have had them for years). DSis has a card and doesn't want to have to put out extra cash for the book if its not necessary...

sayhello
11-05-2010, 08:39 PM
The 2011 Panama Crossing does not have a stop in Colombia (although the 2008 one did). The ports are: Castaway Cay, Aruba, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas (all Mexico), Los Angeles.

The Travel.state.gov/passport site states: The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book.

DH and I have our passport books (and have had them for years). DSis has a card and doesn't want to have to put out extra cash for the book if its not necessary...According to www.travel.state.gov, the passport book is
Valid when entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry.I'm pretty sure Costa Rica is not considered part of Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda. It says on travel.state.gov that Costa Rica requires a passport.

You may want to re-check that with DCL.

Sayhello

LIFERBABE
11-05-2010, 11:36 PM
According to www.travel.state.gov, the passport book is
I'm pretty sure Costa Rica is not considered part of Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda. It says on travel.state.gov that Costa Rica requires a passport.

You may want to re-check that with DCL.

Sayhello
Yes, you definitely want to call....

The most authoritative and up-to-date information on Costa Rican entry and exit requirements may be obtained from the Consular Section of the Embassy of Costa Rica at 2114 “S” Street NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 234-2945/46 , fax (202) 265-4795. You may visit the Embassy of Costa Rica’s website or contact the Embassy via email. You may also obtain information from the Costa Rican consulates in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Denver. Please also see the Costa Rican Immigration Agency website. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington or one of Costa Rica's Consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements before shipping any items.

ktjl92
11-06-2010, 09:44 AM
Thanks everyone!! The Costa Rica thing slipped by me (even though I typed it out!!) and it's definitely NOT Mexico nor part of the listed 'caribbean region' that the card covers. Appreciate the help!