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How to Get a Passport Stamp When Cruising

How to Get a Passport Stamp on a Cruise!

Fellow cruisers are often very surprised when we mention getting a passport stamp while in port. Many travelers don’t even realize it’s an option, but YES you can get your passport stamped at many cruise ports!

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While most cruise ports don’t actually require you to USE your passport, you are supposed to have one with you. So, why not get a passport stamp to mark your trip?

Many Caribbean and Central American cruise ports offer passport stamps once you are off the cruise ship. We also got our passport stamped when we stopped in Canada while on a cruise to Alaska!

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Getting a Passport Stamp at Cruise Ports

To find out if your cruise port offers passport stamps, look for the immigration or customs office after exiting the ship. Often, this office will be inside a building that you have to walk through when exiting the port. (There will usually be touristy shops in the building as well, and you’ll just have to look for the office)

These offices are not usually well-marked. Sometimes you’ll have to knock and ask the person who answers whether they offer passport stamps. It’s likely you will be the first person that day to visit the office! We’ve never witnessed anyone else go to these offices in search of a passport stamp. One time, the immigration officer even had to change the date on the stamp because it had been that long since anyone had asked!

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Below is a recap of the cruise ports that we’ve been to and asked for passport stamps. (We’ve been to a few other ports but ran out of time to ask, so we can’t speculate on whether they provide stamps!)

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Victoria, Canada

We’ve been cruising together for many years and at first, we also did not realize that getting a passport stamp was an option! I think the first time we ever decided to ask about a passport stamp was during our 2014 Alaska cruise. Our final cruise stop was in Victoria, Canada and we asked at the security office when heading back to the ship.

Victoria Canada Passport Stamp

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau is another easy port to grab a passport stamp when you’re heading back to the ship. There is a building near where you’ll head through security and an immigration officer can stamp your passport. If you don’t see it, just ask! They’ll point you in the right direction!

Bahamas 2015 Passport Stamp

Barbados

In April 2016, we took a cruise to the Southern Caribbean and collected a handful of new stamps at our cruise ports.

Not every passport stamp you’ll get at a cruise port is “official.”  For example, in Barbados the passport stamp they give you at the immigration office says “souvenir.” We still like to get them anyway to remind us where we’ve been and when!

Barbados Passport Stamp 2016

Grenada

Our Grenada passport stamp is also somewhat of a “souvenir.” At the St. George, Grenada port, the stamp does not include the date.

Grenada Passport Stamp 2016

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

It’s easy to get a passport stamp at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas! This is the private island owned by Holland America Line.

Bahamas Passport Stamp

When you get off the tender boats, you’ll exit into a small town square. To the right you can cross a dirt street and you’ll see the small customs building. It looks like a tiny house and it is not marked.

Half Moon Cay Passport Stamp Office

Aruba

In Aruba, the passport office is at the Carnival cruise terminal. We sailed with Holland America, so we walked over to the other cruise terminal main building. The office is in a corner with a sign that says “immigration” and you’ll have to knock on the door. They are only open normal business hours so go early if you’ll be in port for a long day.

Aruba Passport Stamp 2017

Curaçao

You can get a passport stamp in Curaçao. However, we missed our opportunity while road tripping around the island! Employees told us their office is only open during business hours. Next time!

Colon, Panama

We had the same issue at the Colon, Panama cruise port. Workers at the cruise terminal building told us their immigration office is only open on weekdays. However, we didn’t actually see an immigration office so we can’t say for sure a stamp is an option!

Colon Panama Sign

Limon, Costa Rica

Passport stamps are not an option at the Limón, Costa Rica cruise port. We asked multiple people and everyone told us they don’t offer them.

So, How Do You Know If You Can Get a Passport Stamp?

Ask! Seriously, that’s the only way to find out. We usually ask around the main office whenever we exit the ship. If we have an excursion scheduled, we’ll just ask around once we get back. There’s no harm in asking and more often than not we’ve found that you CAN get a passport stamp!

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How to Get a Passport Stamp on a Cruise

19 thoughts on “How to Get a Passport Stamp When Cruising

  1. No stamps in Jamaica — we were told you had to stay a minimum of 24 hours there. We did get stamps in Roatan and Belize!

    1. Thanks for sharing, Tammy! Those are three stops we haven’t been to yet, but I hope to get there sometime soon!

    2. Can’t you tell me where I need to go in Roatan and Belize. Also if you know Cozumel that would be great.

      1. Hi Tammy, Unfortunately we haven’t been to Roatan or Belize yet, but my suggestion would be to just ask around when you get off the ship. There should be police officers or port authority employees and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction! We didn’t get our passports stamped in Cozumel, but I would definitely ask when you get off the ship.

      2. Don’t bother with Roatan. You will get a fake stamp at the Carnival dock. I made the mistake of getting a post office cancellation stamp (a post office is in the old immigration office) however it looks official and is all in spanish. When I went to the actual immigration office in Coxen Hole, they will tell you no, similar to Jamaica.

        Belize is in the tender port, just ask around, but the hours are severely limited – something like mornings only. The only other option is to have a private driver take you to the main office in town – definitely not walkable.

        Cozumel has an office in town, but they have a sign posted on the door stating no souvenir stamps. Maybe you can get one at the airport, but they seem strict there. Also, beware of overly fake souvenir stamps here too.

        1. When I was at Cozumel last year I got a passport stamp but it wasn’t official. There was a little kiosk in the shopping area as you are walking to the excursion transportation. It’s a charity so wants a donation, which I gladly gave. I didn’t know where the immigration office was.

        2. If you aren’t sailing into Mahogany Bay but into the actual town of Coxen Hole I bet you could get one there as that is the official port of Roatan. Mahogany Bay is a Carnival Corp designed port.

  2. Yes in cozumel you can get it stamped twice. one when you get off the port there is a immigration building on your right hand side and the other when you walk down the strip of the tourist shopping area, there’s a man that has a stand in the middle. If needed ask security to point you in the right direction. Remember it’s 2 different stamps.

    1. Hi Shawn, Thanks for sharing! Next time we are in Cozumel, we will definitely grab a stamp!

  3. Sometimes you have to dig, as at Bonaire where people will point you to the building. Got one in Martinique and at St. Maartin too (at the yacht center), and even found a place in St. Kitts. But on the French side of St. Martin they wouldn’t do it unless you were going somewhere by ferry. I’ve found people are generally nice about doing this as it shows off their country. If you go to the ministates in Europe you can get them too–Andorra at the border, Monaco, Liechtenstein, San Marino at the tourist offices. You just have to ask and sometimes pay a nominal fee.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this info! We haven’t been to those ports yet but now we need to book a trip to snag some new passport stamps 🙂

  4. We went to the post office near all the shops at the Grand Turks port and they stamped passports for a fee. I think it was $1.00 each.

  5. Bermuda stamps your passport. The Immigration Office is in Hamilton right along the piers and Front Street. . Not sure if they stamp at the Dockyard. They didn’t when I was there 8 years ago but might now.

  6. Hello! For the ones that have been to these ports listed below, have you ever had your passport stamped at the immigration or customs office there? If so is it a official or unofficial ‘souvenir’ stamp and is it free? Thanks so much for your time.

    Princess Cay, Ba

    Nassau, Ba

    Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

    Grand Turk

    My first cruise is next year July

    1. I believe the ones that you get from the cruise terminal (at the official Customs or Immigration office) are real. However, I think stamps that you get at other places (like post offices or tourist information booths) are “souvenir” stamps. So, for example, the stamp we got from the Bahamas Immigration office at the Nassau port should be “official.”

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