TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR CRUISES TO THE BAHAMAS & CARIBBEAN

For ships departing from U.S. ports, wearing masks and social distancing onboard are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended but not required for unvaccinated children.
Masks are optional unless required by local regulation in our terminals. Guests must follow all local mask regulations at public ports of call. Protocols are subject to change.

VACCINE, TESTING & TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS, & COVID-19 ASSISTANCE

- For U.S. and Puerto Rico residents departing on cruises from U.S. ports:​

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS:

All guests are recommended but not required to be fully vaccinated.


For guests sailing from a U.S. port with stops in Cartagena (Colombia):

  • Vaccination is recommended but not required.
  • Vaccinated guests must show proof of vaccination at embarkation.
  • All guests must comply with general travel industry requirements to and from ports of embarkation.
     

To be considered fully vaccinated:


Your final dose in a 2-dose initial series of the Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Coronavac, Novavax/Covovax vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must be completed at least 14 days prior to departure.

 

  • A "mix-and-match" combination of the above list of vaccines is accepted.
  • Guests must present their original vaccination card or certificate reflecting all required doses at the pier upon check-in.
  • The vaccination certificate must be valid for the duration of the entire cruise.
  • Guests who have recovered from COVID-19 do not qualify as fully vaccinated.


COVID -19 TEST REQUIREMENTS:

 

For most guests, testing is recommended but no longer required within 3 days of embarkation prior to their vacation.


For guests sailing from a U.S. port with stops in Cartagena (Colombia):

  • Vaccinated guests are recommended but not required to test for COVID-19 within 3 days of embarkation prior to their vacation.
  • All guests ages 5 years old or older who are unvaccinated or do not have proof of a vaccine certificate, must show proof of a lab-administered negative COVID-19 viral test (RT-PCR or antigen) taken within 3 days of embarkation. Children under 5 years of age are not required to submit a negative test.
  • The original test results certificate and vaccination certificate must be presented at the terminal (paper or electronic format) and must be in one of the following languages: English, Italian, German, French or Spanish. The COVID-19 test certificate must contain the guest’s data (verifiable with the other travel documents), date of the test, identification/contact details of the center that performed the analysis, technique used, and negative test result.
  • A rapid antigen self-test is not valid for travel purposes.

 

All guests must comply with general travel industry requirements to and from ports of embarkation.

 

All crew members are required to be fully vaccinated and are regularly tested according to MSC Cruises' health and safety protocols.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS:

For U.S. and Puerto Rico residents departing on cruises from non-U.S. ports:

For all new reservations, beginning July 1, 2022, MSC Cruises strongly encourages but does not require guests to purchase travel insurance with COVID-19 protection either through MSC Cruises or another provider.  Guests can purchase travel insurance within 24 hours of making their final payment. 

During your cruise, you may be exposed to specific COVID-19 risks that may not be covered by existing insurance policies without COVID-19 protection such as cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance, and related expenses, as well as hospitalization.  If you have no insurance in place, you may be exposed to additional costs that may not be covered by the company.

The insurance should be purchased to cover you and your traveling party from the confirmation date of your booking through the end of your cruise and flight or your Stay & Cruise package.  

COVID-19 ASSISTANCE:

For U.S. and Puerto Rico residents departing on cruises from U.S. ports:

  • Fully vaccinated guests are encouraged but not required to purchase travel insurance.
  • If you choose not to purchase travel insurance, MSC Cruises provides COVID-19 assistance at no extra charge for U.S. and Puerto Rico residents who are fully vaccinated. Children under the required vaccination age based on the dates above, regardless of vaccination status, traveling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians (with proof of vaccination) also benefit from this assistance.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 within 14-days prior to your cruise, you and your traveling party will receive a full refund.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 at the terminal, you and your traveling party will receive a full refund and assistance, if required, with land-based quarantine.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 during your cruise, you and your traveling party will receive a pro-rated refund and assistance, if required, with onboard medical care and land-based quarantine.

View our FAQs for additional details regarding Vaccination, COVID-19 Testing, and Travel Insurance requirements.

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:

To verify all the required documents, passports, and visas for your cruise, please click here.  

Please click here  to check the requirements for MSC Grand Voyages cruises.

- For international guests (non-U.S. & Puerto Rico residents) departing on cruises from U.S. ports:​

All guests who are residents in Iran and China (except Hong Kong and Taiwan) are not permitted to cruise until December 31, 2022.


VACCINE REQUIREMENTS: 

All guests are recommended but not required to be fully vaccinated.

For guests sailing from a U.S. port with stops in Cartagena (Colombia):

  • Vaccination is recommended but not required.
  • Vaccinated guests must show proof of vaccination at embarkation.
  • All guests must comply with general travel industry requirements to and from ports of embarkation.
     

To be considered fully vaccinated:


Your final dose in a 2-dose initial series of the Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Coronavac, Novavax/Covovax vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must be completed at least 14 days prior to departure.

 

  • A "mix-and-match" combination of the above list of vaccines is accepted.
  • Guests must present their original vaccination card or certificate reflecting all required doses at the pier upon check-in.
  • The vaccination certificate must be valid for the duration of the entire cruise.
  • Guests who have recovered from COVID-19 do not qualify as fully vaccinated.


COVID -19 TEST REQUIREMENTS:

 

For most guests, testing is recommended but no longer required within 3 days of embarkation prior to their vacation.


For guests sailing from a U.S. port with stops in Cartagena (Colombia):

  • Vaccinated guests are recommended but not required to test for COVID-19 within 3 days of embarkation prior to their vacation.
  • All guests ages 5 years old or older who are unvaccinated or do not have proof of a vaccine certificate, must show proof of a lab-administered negative COVID-19 viral test (RT-PCR or antigen) taken within 3 days of embarkation. Children under 5 years of age are not required to submit a negative test.
  • The original test results certificate and vaccination certificate must be presented at the terminal (paper or electronic format) and must be in one of the following languages: English, Italian, German, French or Spanish. The COVID-19 test certificate must contain the guest’s data (verifiable with the other travel documents), date of the test, identification/contact details of the center that performed the analysis, technique used, and negative test result.
  • A rapid antigen self-test is not valid for travel purposes.

 

All guests must comply with general travel industry requirements to and from ports of embarkation.

 

All crew members are required to be fully vaccinated and are regularly tested according to MSC Cruises' health and safety protocols.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS:

For non-U.S. and Puerto Rico residents departing on cruises from U.S. and non-U.S. ports:

For all new reservations, beginning July 1, 2022, MSC Cruises strongly encourages but does not require guests to purchase travel insurance with COVID-19 protection either through MSC Cruises or another provider.  Guests can purchase travel insurance within 24 hours of making their final payment.

During your cruise, you may be exposed to specific COVID-19 risks that may not be covered by existing insurance policies without COVID-19 protection such as cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance, and related expenses, as well as hospitalization.  If you have no insurance in place, you may be exposed to additional costs that may not be covered by the company.

The insurance should be purchased to cover you and your traveling party from the confirmation date of your booking through the end of your cruise and flight or your Stay & Cruise package.

 

COVID-19 ASSISTANCE:

  • MSC Cruises does not provide COVID-19 assistance to international guests (non-U.S. & Puerto Rico residents).

 

View our FAQ for details regarding Vaccination, COVID-19 testing & Travel Insurance requirements.

 

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:


To verify all the required documents, passports, and visas for your cruise, please click here.  

Please click here  to check the requirements for MSC Grand Voyages cruises.

TERMINAL & EMBARKATION REQUIREMENTS

- At the terminal and during embarkation for cruises departing from U.S. ports

While at the terminal and during embarkation you will need:

 

For most guests, testing is recommended but no longer required within 3 days of embarkation prior to their vacation.

 

For guests sailing from a U.S. port with stops in Cartagena (Colombia):

  • Vaccinated guests are recommended but not required to test for COVID-19 within 3 days of embarkation prior to their vacation.
  • All guests ages 5 years old or older who are unvaccinated or do not have proof of a vaccine certificate, must show proof of a lab-administered negative COVID-19 viral test (RT-PCR or antigen) taken within 3 days of embarkation. Children under 5 years of age are not required to submit a negative test.
  •  The original test results certificate and vaccination certificate must be presented at the terminal (paper or electronic format) and must be in one of the following languages: English, Italian, German, French or Spanish. The COVID-19 test certificate must contain the guest’s data (verifiable with the other travel documents), date of the test, identification/contact details of the center that performed the analysis, technique used, and negative test result.
  • A rapid antigen self-test is not valid for travel purposes.

 

All guests must comply with general travel industry requirements to and from ports of embarkation.

- Reasons to deny boarding

You will be denied boarding if you:

  • Have had potential exposure to a suspected or confirmed case of of COVID-19 within 14 days of embarkation.
  • Have a fever >99.5 F / 37.5 C, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle aches/body aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat or loss of taste/smell within 14 days of embarkation.
  • Have temporary travel restrictions based on local circumstances. For example, certain countries may deny visas or prohibit entry based on travel history & nationality.

ONBOARD, ASHORE & DISEMBARKATION REQUIREMENTS

- Onboard, Ashore & Disembarkation Requirements

  • You may be required to take a COVID-19 test during the cruise, depending on pandemic conditions.
  • If you become symptomatic during the cruise, you will be required to take a RT-PCR test on board (covered by MSC).
  • It is the responsibility of each guest to ensure they are in compliance with any local regulations related to COVID-19 testing when returning to their final post-cruise destination.
  • International guests only (non-U.S. and Puerto Rico residents): A COVID-19 test, or Passenger Locator Form (PLF) may still be necessary for national or international travel. It's every guest’s responsibility to verify this requirement before departure.

    View our FAQ for additional information.

- Shore Excursions

  • Guests will be able to go ashore independently according to local requirements which are continually monitored and subject to change. 
  • Guests who are traveling with unvaccinated children are also able to go ashore independently.
  • For the best ashore experience, we recommend all guests explore destinations with the comfort, convenience, and safety of an MSC Cruises Shore Excursion, bookable pre-cruise and on board.
     
     
    Visit our Shore Excursion FAQ section for more information.

Cruise Experience

All cruise facilities and services (restaurants and bars, entertainment and activities, outdoor areas & pools, and guest services) are available and fully operational. On board our ships you'll enjoy a unique cruise experience with total peace of mind.

Onboard services are subject to changes based on local regulations or other restrictions. The wearing of face masks is highly recommended. In certain circumstances, this recommendation might be due to a mandatory requirement by applicable health authority’s regulations of a country or port of call visited.

*Thermal Area experiences are by appointment only.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

Guests will be able to go ashore independently according to local requirements which are continuously monitored and subject to change. Guests who are traveling with unvaccinated children are also able to go ashore independently. For the best ashore experience, we recommend all guests explore destinations with the comfort, convenience, and safety of an MSC Cruises Shore Excursion, which is bookable pre-cruise and on board.

faq

VACCINATION GUIDELINES

- Who is defined as fully vaccinated? What vaccines do you accept?

All guests are recommended but not required to be fully vaccinated.

 

For guests sailing from a U.S. port with stops in Cartagena (Colombia): 

  • Vaccination is recommended but not required.
  • Vaccinated guests must show proof of vaccination at embarkation.
  • All guests must comply with general travel industry requirements to and from ports of embarkation.
 

To be considered fully vaccinated:

 

Your final dose in a 2-dose initial series of the Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Coronavac, Novavax/Covovax vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must be completed at least 14 days prior to departure.

 
  • A "mix-and-match" combination of the above list of vaccines is accepted.
  • Guests must present their original vaccination card or certificate reflecting all required doses at the pier upon check-in.
  • The vaccination certificate must be valid for the duration of the entire cruise.
  • Guests who have recovered from COVID-19 do not qualify as fully vaccinated.
  • The COVID-19 vaccination certificate must contain personal identification (at a minimum, full name, and date of birth) that matches the passport, name of the official source issuing the record, vaccine manufacturer, and date(s) of vaccination. Must be in English, Italian, German, French, or Spanish.

TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

- Is travel insurance required in order to cruise?

U.S. and Puerto Rico residents departing on cruises from U.S. ports:

 

MSC encourages but does not require guests to purchase travel insurance either through MSC Cruises or anoter provider. Guests can purchase travel insurance within 24 hours of making their final payment.


View full details of MSC Cruises travel insurance

MSC Cruises provides COVID-19 assistance at no extra charge for U.S. and Puerto Rico residents who are fully vaccinated and sail from a U.S. port.  Children under the required vaccination age based on the dates above, regardless of vaccination status, traveling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians (with proof of vaccination) also benefit from this assistance.    

 

If you test positive for COVID-19 within 14-days prior to your cruise, you and your traveling party will receive a full refund.

 

If you test positive for COVID-19 at the terminal, you and your traveling party will receive a full refund and assistance, if required, with land-based quarantine.

 

If you test positive for COVID-19 during your cruise, you and your traveling party will receive a pro-rated refund and assistance, if required, with onboard medical care and land-based quarantine.


U.S. and Puerto Rico residents departing on cruises from a non-U.S. port and non-U.S. residents departing on cruises from U.S. and International ports:

 

For all new reservations, beginning July 1, 2022, MSC Cruises strongly encourages but does not require fully vaccinated guests to purchase travel insurance with COVID-19 protection either through MSC Cruises or another provider.  Guests can purchase travel insurance within 24 hours of making their final payment.

During your cruise, you may be exposed to specific COVID-19 risks that may not be covered by existing insurance policies without COVID-19 protection such as cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance, and related expenses, as well as hospitalization.  If you have no insurance in place, you may be exposed to additional costs that may not be covered by the company.

The insurance should be purchased to cover you and your traveling party from the confirmation date of your booking through the end of your cruise, or your cruise and flight. 

 

View full details of MSC Cruises travel insurance


 

PREPARE FOR MY UPCOMING CRUISE

- What test do I need to provide upon embarkation?

For most guests, testing is recommended but no longer required within 3 days of embarkation prior to their vacation. 


For guests sailing from a U.S. port with stops in Cartagena (Colombia): 

  • Vaccinated guests are recommended but not required to test for COVID-19 within 3 days of embarkation prior to their vacation.
  • All guests ages 5 years old or older who are unvaccinated or do not have proof of a vaccine certificate, must show proof of a lab-administered negative COVID-19 viral test (RT-PCR or antigen) taken within 3 days of embarkation. Children under 5 years of age are not required to submit a negative test.
  • The original test results certificate and vaccination certificate must be presented at the terminal (paper or electronic format) and must be in one of the following languages: English, Italian, German, French or Spanish. The COVID-19 test certificate must contain the guest’s data (verifiable with the other travel documents), date of the test, identification/contact details of the center that performed the analysis, technique used, and negative test result.
  • A rapid antigen self-test is not valid for travel purposes.

All guests must comply with general travel industry requirements to and from ports of embarkation.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

- Can I cruise if I reside outside of the U.S.?

Before booking your cruise, please click HERE to check if your country of residence is allowing guests to cruise in your selected destination.

ONBOARD MEDICAL SERVICES

- What happens if there is a suspected case of COVID-19 on board?

The precautionary health and safety steps in the protocols are designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission on board. If someone should fall sick, we have a fully equipped onboard 24/7 Medical Center with highly qualified medical staff who are fully trained for COVID-19 treatment and who are supported by a 24/7 ashore medical team.

 

In case of flu-like symptoms, guests should immediately notify the Medical Center and free treatment will be provided. If the onboard medical team determines a suspected COVID-19 case, a comprehensive isolation procedure and response plan, including contact tracing, will be activated in close cooperation with the health authorities.

DINE & DRINK

- Will the self-service at the buffet be available?

Self-service at the buffet restaurant is available.

- Will Specialty Restaurants be open?

Yes, our sought-after Specialty Restaurants are available at the time of booking to help guests secure spaces and save money compared to onboard prices. Book your specialty dining prior to your cruise and save up to 35% vs. onboard prices.

ENTERTAINMENT, SERVICES & EXCURSIONS

- Will there be any restrictions to visit some ports?

Guests will be able to go ashore independently according to local requirements which are continually monitored and subject to change. Guests who are traveling with unvaccinated children are also able to go ashore independently. For the best ashore experience, we recommend all guests explore destinations with the comfort, convenience, and safety of an MSC Cruises Shore Excursion, bookable pre-cruise and on board.