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Travel Agents Assist INS!

Post by Ray Goldenber » Thu, 21 Nov 2002 11:24:04


Hi Everyone,

I received this press release from The Cruise Line Coalition and
thought it would be of interest.  I think these requirements put to
rest the false rumors that you can just go down to a cruise terminal
and get a last minute "deal".  If you have missed any of my news'
postings, they are available on my web site.  

Best regards,
Ray
LIGHTHOUSE TRAVEL
800-719-9917 or 805-566-3905
http://www.lighthousetravel.com

NEW GOVERNMENT MANIFEST REQUIREMENTS TO AFFECT CRUISE PASSENGERS AND
TRAVEL AGENTS
Cruise Line Passengers Required to Submit Additional Manifest
Information to Embark

ARLINGTON, Va. (November 19, 2002)
New Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) regulations, expected
to be effective January 1, 2003, will require every passenger boarding
a cruise ship from a U.S. port to provide additional personal data to
the cruise operator in advance of embarkation. In accordance with the
Border Security Act, the cruise operators must submit the complete
passenger and crew manifest electronically to the INS prior to
embarkation. Failure to provide this information required by the U.S.
government may result in denial of boarding.

The Cruise Line Coalition, a communication partnership of the major
cruise line associations, is working with the cruise lines and travel
agents regarding the new requirements. This is an immediate issue of
extreme importance to travel retailers selling cruise vacations, says
Bob Sharak, executive director of Cruise Lines International
Association (CLIA).

In order to facilitate the collection of this information, and
minimize time spent in the boarding process for passengers, the cruise
industrys travel retailers will be required to collect and report
much of this information. Each cruise line will establish a method
whereby this information will be collected electronically and
accurately. Cruise lines will be asking for this additional
information prior to the January 1, 2003, effective date, and travel
agents will need to submit this passenger data to the individual lines
no later than the time of final payment. Individual cruise lines will
be communicating directly with travel retailers regarding these
requirements and the process of collecting this data. For specific
information regarding an individual cruise lines process, travel
agents are encouraged to contact the line directly, Sharak adds.

The following data will need to be collected for all passengers prior
to sailing:

Ship Name
Sailing Date
Last Name
First Name
Middle Name or Initial
Date of Birth
Gender
Nationality
Country of Residence
Document Type (P= Passport, V= Visa, A= Alien registration) *
Document Number *
Document Country of Issuance *
Date of Document Expiration *
City of Issuance *
Destination Address in the United States
A unique passenger identifier or reservation number

* For U.S. citizens and other travelers exempt from the passport or
visa requirements, this information may not be required for certain
itineraries. Travel agents should consult with the cruise line.
More information and detail regarding these requirements will be
published as it becomes available from the government.

Our highest priority is the safety and security of our passengers and
crew, said Michael Crye, president, International Council of Cruise
Lines. By working together with government agencies such as the INS,
we are able to continue to provide a safe and secure shipboard
environment. At the same time, our travel agents can assist in
minimizing delays at boarding by collecting this information in
advance.

 
 
 

Travel Agents Assist INS!

Post by Ralph Dieh » Thu, 21 Nov 2002 13:57:14


Quote:> NEW GOVERNMENT MANIFEST REQUIREMENTS TO AFFECT CRUISE PASSENGERS AND
> TRAVEL AGENTS

Yes, and boy are the TA's in a a lather about this (and rightly so)- they
are afraid the lines will use this to direct-market to the pax. 'Travel
Trade' had an article last week pleading with their readers to co-operate.

See Villa Deauville's post dated 11/15.

RED

 
 
 

Travel Agents Assist INS!

Post by Thumpe » Thu, 21 Nov 2002 14:53:54




Quote:>> NEW GOVERNMENT MANIFEST REQUIREMENTS TO AFFECT CRUISE PASSENGERS AND
>> TRAVEL AGENTS

>Yes, and boy are the TA's in a a lather about this (and rightly so)- they
>are afraid the lines will use this to direct-market to the pax. 'Travel
>Trade' had an article last week pleading with their readers to co-operate.

>See Villa Deauville's post dated 11/15.

>RED

Why does the INS care who is leaving the country?  I thought that they
would be concerned about who is coming in.
Thumper
 
 
 

Travel Agents Assist INS!

Post by Roboco » Fri, 22 Nov 2002 01:28:57


Hi Thumper,
     Actually it is really now the HSA, or HomeLand Security Agency, or
whatever they are going to be officially called. It will be basically big
brother checking and even though I am not a fan of that type of idea, in
this instance I have no problem.
Jim




> >> NEW GOVERNMENT MANIFEST REQUIREMENTS TO AFFECT CRUISE PASSENGERS AND
> >> TRAVEL AGENTS

> >Yes, and boy are the TA's in a a lather about this (and rightly so)- they
> >are afraid the lines will use this to direct-market to the pax. 'Travel
> >Trade' had an article last week pleading with their readers to
co-operate.

> >See Villa Deauville's post dated 11/15.

> >RED

> Why does the INS care who is leaving the country?  I thought that they
> would be concerned about who is coming in.
> Thumper