DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Passport Card vs Passport Book

Isn't the Passport card restricted in some countries?  I have a passport book so don't worry about it but I have a friend with the card and I think there are limits...too lazy to google so asking my go-to source of knowledge oh wise ones...

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ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

The PP card requires a card reader.  Some countries or Islands don't have that kind of technology so they require the regular PP book so they can read and stamp it visually and manually.

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

Canadians only have Passports that are a booklet style so that eliminates the choice for us. 😉

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

From what I understand, the PP card is only good on land port of entries between Mexico or Canada and the US, or on closed loop tours. If you get stranded at a port and need to fly home, you may encounter difficulty with a PP Card.

For that reason, I get the book even though a card would be sufficient for my plans.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

BD is correct. This is what I have found: The most important difference between U.S.passport books and passport cards is that passport cards are not valid for international air travel; they're only acceptable for land and sea border crossings between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean

 

Now you are on a cruise, get hurt and have to fly home from a foreign country... You are up a creek if you have a card... I just air on the side of caution and keep a booklet, even if they are more expensive. 

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I have both. I use the card mostly for domestic air travel because lost my driver's license once while traveling. I keep the card in a travel pouch that I wear around my neck. I used it on my last cruise as ID to enter the cruise piers. I check-in for the cruise with my passport.

 

That's great to know.  Never gave any thought to what would happen if I needed to fly home.  I guess I'll use the book from now on.

WeCruiseToo
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Everyone who cruises should have a real passport book.  The card is designed for people who regularly drive across borders.  As others have said, the card is useless if you need an emergency flight.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Agree w/opinions that book is the way to go. Also, many countries require a specific amount of advance validity time (usually 6 months) after your planned travel dates AND a certain number of blank pages be available in your book. That is why (in the US) you can purchase a book with additional pages. If you are truly a frequent international flyer, this reduces the risk of running out of pages and having to replace your passport book.  As fewer countries actually stamp passports now-a-days, the number of blank pages seems less a concern.

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

I still haven't had a stamp in my book yet Crying

 

I don't think they stamp when you cruise.  I've never gotten one from cruising.

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