Firstly, it is essential to have an up to date passport with free pages available for stamps and visas. It is also advisable to get a MAXI Passport if possible as you will receive multiple stamps as you cruise between countries and islands. Passport issues can impact job security and it is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up to date. Find a Visa Application Service to Assist You.
- B1/B2 Visa (USA): This visa is crucial if you are a non-American crew member applying for positions on International flagged vessels cruising in the US waters. The visa can be valid anywhere from 1-10 years, depending on your situation and nationality. It is important to understand that this visa does not allow you to seek a job whilst in the USA or to be employed on a US-flagged vessel. It simply allows you to cruise in US waters and to transit through the USA customs to and from your vessel.
- Schengen Visa (EUROPE): The Schengen visa is necessary for most non-European and non-British crew. It allows you to move freely between all the European countries that make up the Schengen area. It can be obtained from the embassy of your first point of entry into Europe.
- Seamans Discharge Book: Once you are employed on a vessel you may apply for a Seamans Discharge Book from the flag state of the vessel on which you are employed. This may be useful for tax purposes and in certain circumstances, it may even act as a passport if you do not have the necessary visa for a certain area.