Will you be cruising with Royal Caribbean in 2020? You should know about some new passport and visa requirements that the cruise line just announced for cruise ports in three destinations. The updates impact ports in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

All cruise guests arriving in Martinique after Jan. 1 of this year will need to supply a passport book before boarding. The book needs to be valid for at least six months after a sailing itinerary ends. It's important to know that passport cards and birth certificates aren't considered acceptable.

St. Petersburg
A new electronic visa is now required for cruise guests who would like to tour St. Petersburg alone. You can apply for a free visa using the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Each visa that's issued is good for 30 days. However, an electronic visa can only be used for a single-entry stay lasting up to eight days. You must apply for your visa between 20 and four days before your arrival.

New changes for cruises to Vietnam only impact itineraries originating in certain countries. You'll now need to apply for a visa prior to arrival in Vietnam if you're sailing from any one of the 24 countries impacted by the update. Here's the list:

  • Israel
  • Turkey
  • Serbia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Kazakhstan
  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Pakistan
  • Yemen
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Oman
  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Jordan
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Sierra Leone
  • Fiji
  • South Africa
  • Mozambique
  • Ghana
  • Kenya

You won't be forced to cancel your cruise if you fail to obtain your visa prior to departure. You can still sail without the needed visa. However, you will not be permitted to leave the ship at Vietnamese ports if you haven't taken care of your visa on time.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at GET.com and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: scott.dylan@get.com.