I am joining my husband (who is currently working on a cruise ship) in June in the port of Liverpool, UK to cruise through Ireland, Schengen, Russia and Channel Islands. I finish the cruise in Amsterdam then flying to UK and stay there for a month.

I know for sure that I will need to apply for a multiple entry tourist visa for UK, but if i won't be going out in Irish Ports, do I still need a visa and what sort? Also, is there any way I can apply for all these visas at the same time?

I cruised in South Pacific before and I only applied for Australian visa multi-entry so it wasn't difficult at all and I used to be a seafarer as well and been to these places but obviously crew members have special application. But just wondering if there is an easy way to do it like through travel agents?

I am a Filipino Citizen.

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    Even if you do not disembark in the ROI and travelling as a crew supernumerary, you will still need a visa or seaman's book.
    – Gayot Fow
    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:57
  • @GayotFow I assume OP will have a UK visa by then. Would that be sufficient?
    – JonathanReez
    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:36
  • I presume your husband is not an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen, but if he were the answer might be different.
    – phoog
    Feb 28, 2017 at 19:44
  • Check with the cruise line. Some require visas for all stops; others don't.
    – mkennedy
    Feb 28, 2017 at 21:20
  • Thank you guys! @phoog husband is british but i don't think it will make any difference as I am still a Filipino Citizen. I will need Irish, Shengen & UK visas then with multiple entry stamp but i want to just have a one-time processing, if you gusy know any agencies that do these kinds of arrangements? 😓 Mar 1, 2017 at 11:06

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You need a separate visa for the Republic of Ireland.

Citizens from some countries are allowed to enter the Republic of Ireland for stays less than 90 days if they have a regular UK short stay visitor visa (under the 'Short stay visa waiver programme'), but this programme does not cover Philippine citizens.

  • Is this true even if the traveler never disembarks?
    – phoog
    Feb 28, 2017 at 19:49
  • @phoog Why not? You have entered Ireland and are subject to immigration regulations long before reaching the port. Feb 28, 2017 at 21:53
  • Cruise ship passengers are subject to exceptions in many countries, even if they do disembark.
    – phoog
    Feb 28, 2017 at 22:31
  • Yes @phoog only china and India are practicig Uk-irish visa scheme. Mar 1, 2017 at 11:06
  • @phoog I know there are exceptions for cruise passengers in some countries, I am not so sure if there are exceptions in many countries. Not that the number of countries matters, there is AFAIK no such exception in any EU or Schengen country. Quite common are simplified immigration checks for cruise passengers, but the practical implementation of these is usually that the cruise line is trusted with identity verification and that immigration control by the authorities is done based on a passenger manifest. The passengers must still fulfill regular immigration requirements. Mar 1, 2017 at 17:39

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