6) Do I need a visa for my Marella cruise?
You'll need a visa to enter some of the countries we sail to, even if you're not stepping ashore - keep an eye out for the 'visa required' or 'ESTA required' logo on the itinerary pages to see if that's the case. If this is the case, we've partnered with Sherpa to make the process as hassle-free as possible. Visit https://apply.joinsherpa.com/explore/GBR?affiliateId=tuiuk&language=en-GB for more details.
When you need a visa depends on the destination. In some countries, you can get a visa on arrival at the airport and free of charge. But there are some that you need to pre-purchase before you go. It's best to check before you travel and allow enough time to get your visa. Plus, visa requirements are subject to change, so make sure to check back close to your sailing date.
If you're travelling on one of our US Virgin Island itineraries, you'll need to apply for an ESTA - at least 72 hours before you travel. This lets you visit without the need for a visa and it's open to all citizens of visa waiver countries, which includes the UK. If you're not a British passport holder, you'll need to check the full list of countries. To do this, and to apply for your ESTA, visit esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta. Sherpa are also on hand to help with the application process, if needed. If you're travelling to the USA onboard one of our ships and you are not staying ashore, you're classed as 'in transit' and can select this during the application process. Alternatively you can select 'Unknown' and put the name of the ship as the 'Contact'. If you are staying in a hotel in the US either pre or post cruise - you should enter the hotel details.
For all other Visas
Marella Cruises has partnered with Sherpa to make sure we give our customers the best and clearest information possible regarding what visas are needed for their cruise.
If you need a visa before you travel, you can usually get these via the country's embassy, high commission or consulate websites. Alternatively, if you'd like help with getting a visa, you can visit our online portal with Sherpa, where you'll find detailed visa information about your specific cruise. For a fee, Sherpa can assist with the application process - giving you access to printable forms that you can send back to them. They also offer advice on visas. Just so you know, the information on this page and the portal only applies to British passport holders. If you don't hold a British passport, you'll need to check with the relevant embassy or Sherpa for more info.
Visa requirements are subject to change, be sure to check with Sherpa closer to your sailing date. Please make sure you have printed copies of all travel and visa paperwork with you when checking in for your flights. If you do not have the valid visas required you may be denied boarding at the airport in the UK and not allowed to travel.
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