Q. Will I need a visa?

Together with our preferred visa provider CIBT we are pleased to provide you a simple online solution to all your World Cruise visa requirements www.cibtvisas.co.uk/pocruises

The online portal will provide you with: 

  • Detailed visa information specific to your cruise
  • Details of required documentation needed to support your applications
  • Application forms available for you to print out and send to CIBT

 

Please note the online portal will replace our previous postal information pack and this information applies to British passport holders who reside in the UK at the time of the application. Your visa requirements may differ if you do not hold a British Citizen passport, should this be the case, you can contact relevant embassy or consulate for advice. Alternatively you can contact our recommended visa service CIBT on 0207 620 6487 . Be sure to advise that you are travelling by sea, as your visa requirements may be different to the standard advice supplied for air travel.

Fines may be imposed if you travel without the correct documentation and it is important we point out that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documents prior to travel or when in transit to the countries included in your itinerary. Failure to have the correct documents will result in denial of boarding or repatriation, in line with government regulations.  Please be sure to check your itinerary and obtain the visas required for the specific countries you will be visiting during your cruise. Visas are required when embarking/ disembarking or staying on board.

 

 

Visa requirements for British Citizens in possession of a full British Citizen Passport

The below is correct at time of publishing and pertains to UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) passport holders and should be used for guidance only. Please note, some "British Isles" passports issued in the Isle of Man or the Bailiwicks of Jersey or Guernsey, do not have the same visa exceptions as a full UK passport and guests holding either of these passports should check this with CIBT specifically for the countries they are visiting on their itinerary.

CIBT are experts in visa and passport arrangements and can provide visas online www.uk.cibt.com/pocruises or by phone 0207 620 6487.

Any visa that is obtained on board are charged in dollars, this will be converted to Pounds Sterling (and charged at the conversion rate of the day) to your on board account. 

 

Visa Information - Your Responsibilities

Please note that there may be a visa requirement for your cruise and it is the responsibility of each guest to ensure that they are in possession of all travel documents required for their itinerary. Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship or from entering a country. In some cases this may lead to large fines which you will be required to pay and/or immediate repatriation to your home country at your own expense. Please ensure you check your requirements carefully before you travel to avoid unnecessary expense and inconvenience. Please also ensure you read the Important Information below:

 

Important Information

  • There is no cut off date to print your visa pack however, the processing time will vary per country.  Please read "Dispatch and Delivery Method" information for exact time scales.
  • When applying for your visa you must ensure that all guests' full names are exactly the same as they appear as in their passport. If there is any difference, you may be refused entry onto your flight/cruise.
  • Passport and visa requirements may change and vary by destination. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any flight, cruise or into any country, or otherwise suffer any difficulties or incur any costs as a result of not having the correct passport and/or any required visa(s).
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. You must pay all costs incurred in obtaining such documentation. Certain Port Authorities may require photo identification when you depart the ship during the cruise. We strongly suggest that you take photocopies of your passport information page with you in addition to but separately from your passport itself and that you carry the photocopy with you each time you depart the ship in order to minimise any inconvenience this may cause and to provide an official means of identification whilst ashore in case it is required or due to loss/theft of your passport.
  • The information is correct at time of publishing and is subject to change at any time. UK passport information applies to British Citizens, holders of another UK passport must check with the relevant authority. There is often a stipulation on having a minimum amount of validity left on your passport and a number of clear pages in order to gain entry, which can be up to a 6 month requirement. Again, please check with the relevant authority.
  • With the exception of Russia (St Petersburg), please note that if there is requirement to obtain a visa prior to travel for a particular country, and a guest chooses to not disembark the ship, then the guest is still required to obtain the necessary visa.

 

Visas for non UK guests

Schengen Visa - Non-European passport holders may require a Schengen Visa for entry into Continental Europe. The United Kingdom is not a Schengen State member*. British Citizen passport holders do not require a Schengen Visa. Please ensure you check your entry requirements for Europe prior to embarkation.


* Schengen State members are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

For all other countries, please contact the relevant embassy for details.

 

Visas obtained on arrival:

Country Approximate cost 
(where applicable)
Cambodia $40.00 USD
Egypt No charge
UAE No charge
Indonesia $35 USD
Jordan 58 JOD (Approx 82 USD)

 

 

Visa application time scales

Visa time scales may be longer during periods such as Christmas and/or when embassies are closed.  In addition, your own personal circumstances may affect timescales quoted.  We recommend that you obtain your visa as early as possible.

Disclaimer

Visa and passport information can change so it is important that you recheck your passport and visa requirements no later than 3 weeks prior to your holiday departure.  The information provided on this site was correct at the time of publishing and is subject to change at any time.  It is your responsibility to travel with the correct travel documentation.

 

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Australia

If your itinerary includes Australia, you will be required to obtain an e Visitor or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Whether you are staying on board, going ashore, in transit, embarking or disembarking. You must ensure your Australian visa is valid for your entry into Australia. If you wish to apply for your Australian visa through our preferred visa provider please visit our dedicated online visa portal www.cibtvisas.co.uk/pocruises or call CIBT on 0207 620 6487.

Please note - the Australian Government require the majority of guests over the age of 75 years to partake in a medical before issuing any visa. Our recommended visa service, CIBT are unable to assist you in your application if you fall into this age group and you will therefore need to send your passport and medical reports directly to the Embassy.

Cambodia

Visas for Cambodia are compulsory for all guests and will be issued upon the ship’s arrival by the local Port Authorities, whether you are staying on board or going ashore. The charge will be approximately $40.00USD per person per visa, and this will be converted to pounds Sterling and charged to your on board account.

Canada

All British Citizen passport holders will be able to enter Canada without a visa. Some nationalities may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter or transit Canada. The TRV must be obtained in advance of the voyage, and is not available upon arrival. This requirement applies regardless if you choose to remain on board or go ashore. 

If you are not in possession of a British Citizen passport, please ensure you check your entry requirements for Canada at www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-who.asp.  This will provide you with an up to date list of passport holders that require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for Canada.

As of the 15 March 2016 - visa-exempt foreign nationals who travel to Canada by air will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.  If you are travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada, therefore this will not apply to our guests calling at Canada on one of our cruises.

However, if you are joining in Canada and arriving by air you should visit the dedicated website (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp) to check if an eTA will be required.

 

Cape Verde

If arriving by sea as part of the World Cruise itinerary, no visa is required for the visit to Cape Verde in 2016/17 as the ship is classed as 'in transit'. If you are embarking/disembarking in Cape Verde you must obtain a visa prior to travel

China

From the 1st October 2016:

A 15 day free visa stay is available to all in transit guests (guests who sail in and out of Shanghai on the same vessel). Please note that restrictions apply:

  • Guests have to participate in a tour (at least 2 people) organised by travel agencies that are legally registered in China. These can be ship organised tours or independent tour agencies. The ship will apply for the 15 day free visa stay for tours booked on-board. If you have booked an independent tour please ensure your travel agency applies on your behalf. Please note: guests are not allowed to leave the tour group (even to join another vehicle) and special approval will have to be obtained in case of an emergency.
  • The visa free stay is valid for the duration of the tour(s) and you will have to leave Shanghai on the same day with the vessel.


If you wish to go ashore independently in Shanghai a Chinese visa is required. Guests without a valid Chinese visa and without an organised tour booking will be detained on-board for the duration of our stay in China.

Hong Kong Land Tours - Guests embarking or disembarking in Hong Kong after (or before proceeding with) an overland excursion into China must apply for a tourist visa prior to arrival. 

All guests must bring a photocopy of the photograph/personal details page of your passport.

If you wish to apply for your Chinese visa through our preferred visa provider please visit our dedicated online visa portal www.cibtvisas.co.uk/pocruises or call CIBT on 0207 620 6487. If you are applying independently please ensure you enclose a copy of your P&O Cruises branded (with P&O Cruises logo on) booking confirmation with your application.

 

 

As of 30 January 2016 those guests (of 51 different nationalities) starting their cruise or ending their cruise in Shanghai are entitled to make use of the 144 hour Chinese visa exemption but only if the following conditions are met:

  • Your stay in China is within Shanghai city, Jiangsu province or Zhejiang province, and not exceeding 144 hours (6 Days). You either have an onward flight confirmation to a 3rd country (outside China) or a cruise ticket confirming that the next port of call is outside China
  • Your arrival/departure is via one of the below mentioned entry/exit points and you are able to hand-over a copy of your onward travel arrangements to the Chinese Officials on arrival or the Ship staff when finally disembarking (Ship staff are required to present documentation 48 hours in advance to our Shanghai agents)

Shanghai Pudong international airport
Shanghai Hongqiao international airport
Shanghai railway station
Shanghai Wusongkou international cruise terminal
Shanghai port international cruise terminal
Nanjing Lukou international airport
Hangzhou Xiaoshan international airport

Please note: If you are not staying in one of the above mentioned areas or not arriving/leaving from the mentioned exit/entry points you will need to obtain a Chinese visa.

Also this exemption does not apply to guests travelling in and out of Shanghai on the same vessel. (In transit guests) as those guests will be able to make use of a 15 day free visa stay, but only when booked on an organised tour.

Dominican Republic

If entering Amber Cove by sea there are no visa requirements. If entering the Dominican Republic via air, a tourist card must be obtained. For further information please visit our dedicated online visa portal www.cibtvisas.co.uk/pocruises or call CIBT on 0207 620 6487, or contact the relevant embassy.

Egypt

For British Citizen, Irish Citizen, US, Canadian and European Community passport holders, a Quick Stamp visa for Egypt will be issued upon the ship’s arrival in Egypt. Therefore you are not required to obtain an Egyptian visa in advance of your cruise. There is currently no charge for the Quick Stamp Egyptian visa.

Hong Kong

British Citizen passport holders do not require a visa for entry into Hong Kong, SAR.

Guests embarking or disembarking in Hong Kong after (or before proceeding with) an overland excursion into China must apply for a tourist visa prior to arrival.  Different ports of call to China do not constitute a separate entry unless the ship visits a different country in the meantime. Very rarely, a multiple entry visa can be issued for cruise guests if the submitted itinerary clearly supports the need for it. The issuance of multiple entry visas is strictly at the embassy's discretion.

India

If your itinerary includes India, you will be required to obtain a Multiple Entry Tourist Visa, whether you are staying on board, going ashore, in transit, embarking or disembarking. Irrespective of any advice obtained from the various India High Commission offices, the requirement for an Indian visa will be strictly enforced and you will be denied boarding if you do not have the correct visas on embarkation.   

The Indian High Commission has announced that from the 14th March 2015 it will be rolling out Biometric Data capture in the UK as part of the process for obtaining an Indian Visa. This means in the future, there will be a requirement for you to visit (in person) one of the application centres that they are planning to open around the UK. Fingerprinting and Facial Recognition scans will be taken as part of the Biometric Data collection. No formal date has been given as to when this will be introduced. As these changes historically happen with very short notice periods, we do strongly advise guests with imminent travel to India to apply for their visas as soon as possible to avoid any potential delay to your application.

Although you may only be visiting India once on your cruise, Multiple Entry Tourist visas for India are now issued as standard in the UK and are the same cost as a Single Entry Tourist visa.  In the unlikely event that you apply for a Multiple Entry Tourist visa and receive a Single Entry Tourist Visa this will suffice as long as you are only visiting India once on your cruise and the visa is valid for the duration of your visit to India. 

 If you wish to apply for your Indian visa through our preferred visa provider please visit our dedicated online visa portal www.cibtvisas.co.uk/pocruises or call CIBT on 0207 620 6487.  Please note if applying through CIBT, your Indian Visa application will be pre-populated with the Cochin port agent address regardless of which port you are visiting in India. This is to help aid you in filling out your Visa application. 

 Indonesia

A free Tourist Visa is provided on arrival

Jordan

Guests of all nationalities who visit Jordan as part of their cruise itinerary are classed as "in transit" and therefore do not require a visa. Entry requirements for guests who are either disembarking or embarking in Jordan (i.e beginning or ending their cruise there) may vary so we recommend seeking advise from the appropriate Embassy.

Oman

Visa stamps for Oman are compulsory for all British Citizen passport holders and will be issued upon the ship’s arrival by the local Port Authorities, whether you are staying on board or going ashore. There is currently no charge for the visa stamp.

South Africa

Although visas are not required for British Citizens, please note that your passport should contain two blank passport pages for the South African entry and exit stamps. Prior to applying for visas for other countries, please ensure you have adequate blank pages to allow for these stamps. Should you have limited blank pages, P&O Cruises strongly suggest you obtain a replacement passport before applying for your visas.
 From the 1st October 2014 parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate. Where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (e.g. an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate) may be required. You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them. Further requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents may apply, for more information; contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.  

16 January 2017 - New Zealand passport holders: will require a visa and 2 blank pages in your passport is also required. For more information please visit http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/

Please see the questionWhat are the regulations for travelling to South Africa with children

Schengen Visa

Non-European passport holders may require a Schengen Visa for entry into Continental Europe.  The United Kingdom is not a Schengen State member*.  British Citizen passport holders do not require a Schengen Visa. Please ensure you check your entry requirements for Europe prior to embarkation.

* Schengen State members are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Sri Lanka

If you are starting or ending your holiday in Sri Lanka, an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) must be obtained prior to arrival/departure. If you are visiting Sri Lanka as part of your cruise itinerary (arriving and leaving with the ship), a 48 hour transit visa will be provided at no cost.

This is applicable to UK passport holders and most other nationals, but not all. Please check your requirements prior to sailing.  

St Petersburg, Russia

If you are planning to stay on board whilst in St Petersburg or if you are participating in an organised P&O Cruises shore excursion, we will arrange a group visa (group visa applies to all nationalities) to cover you for the duration of your excursion/time on board:

All guests must bring a photocopy of the photograph/personal details page of your passport.

If you intend to go ashore independently in St Petersburg, a Russian visa is required. To apply for a Russian Tourist Visa, you must possess a visa support letter to accompany your application.   

New policy for Russia Visa Applications 

From Wednesday 10th December 2014 all persons now applying for a Russian visa, with the exception of those travelling on official/diplomatic business and travellers under the age of 12, will now be required to attend one of two application centres to have their bio-metric data (fingerprints) captured as part of the visa application process.

This is not optional; any person refusing to undergo this procedure will not be issued a visa.

Bio-metric data will not be stored and subsequent applications for visas to this destination will unfortunately require the traveller to once again have to travel to have their fingerprint data captured.  

The new rules apply to all persons applying within the UK and Northern Ireland and will apply to travellers of all nationalities.

Edinburgh and London are the nominated locations of the two Visa Applications Centres where bio-metric data will be taken.

There will be no formal appointment system and applicants will be required to turn up on a first come first served basis. 

Russian Tourist visas can be obtained through the Russian embassy or through our recommended visa provider CIBT. To apply for your visa and / or support letter through CIBT please contact 0207 620 6487 or visit www.uk.cibt.com/pocruises. (Calls cost 3.19p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge)

Turkey

Cruise ship guests with British Citizen passports who are joining the ship in Turkey or are leaving the ship in Turkey to travel home are required to obtain an e-visa prior to travel. If you are visiting Turkey as part of your cruise itinerary but are not joining the ship in Turkey or disembarking to travel home, a visa is not required.

To obtain an e-visa for Turkey, please follow this link (gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements) for further information and the official channel for applying for the e-visa

Guests of all nationalities are required to have at least 60 days validity on their passport from the day they enter Turkey.

Guests who are either embarking or disembarking (beginning or ending) their cruise in Turkey and therefore require a visa, need to ensure their passports have at least 180 days validity otherwise the visa will not be issued.

If you are in any doubt as to whether you require a visa for Turkey, please contact CIBT on 0207 620 6487 or the Turkish embassy. (Calls cost 3.19p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge)

United Arab Emirates

Transit Visa stamps for Dubai are compulsory for British Citizen passport holders and will be issued upon the ship’s arrival, whether you are staying on board or going ashore. You do not need to obtain these visas in advance of the cruise. If you are joining your cruise in the United Arab Emirates you may need to purchase a visa on arrival at the airport. If you do not hold a British Citizen passport, your requirements may be different so please seek advice.

United States of America (and territories)

International travellers, who are nationals of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries, may enter the USA without a visa after completing an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) – please see the instructions for how to apply at the end of this section. You may check to see if you are eligible for this programme by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. Some of the conditions for entry into the VWP are listed below, however if you do not hold a full British Citizen passport or a passport from another country eligible for the VWP, your situation may be different and you should check to ensure you have the correct documentation for your holiday. 

Obtaining ESTA approval, for most travellers, will be simple and easy. To apply for your ESTA, please follow the link to the ESTA application website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta.  A third party, such as a relative or Travel Agent, is permitted to submit an ESTA application on behalf of a VWP traveller. The cost of obtaining an ESTA is currently USD$14.00, this is subject to change at any time.  All payments must be made directly to the official Department of Homeland Security ESTA website above using a credit card or debit card. Please do not use any other website as they may charge you a higher fee for the same service.

For all other nationalities, we strongly recommend you check to see if you are eligible for this program by visiting the US Embassy website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta If you are not eligible for this program, you should contact the US consulate or embassy to confirm your individual visa requirements. British Subjectpassport holders are required to obtain a full US visa prior to travel.  

 These are mostly people who were born in British India before 01/01/49 and did not become citizens of India, or who were citizens of Eire and British subjects before 01/01/49 and have made a claim to retain British Subject

Vietnam

British Citizen passport holders do not require a visa, for any other nationalities you  may be required to obtain a transit visa on board please check your requirements prior to travel.

 

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