Pre-Cruise Requirements

  • All Guests

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there might be international travel restrictions depending on your cruise destination and your country of residence. 


    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.




    All guests are strongly encouraged but not required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Guests are considered “fully vaccinated” when:

    • They have received at least two doses of a vaccine - except in the case of a single dose of Johnson & Johnson - including those not considered up-to-date by EMA standards.
    • They have received one dose of the vaccine and have recovered from COVID-19.

    Guests will be required to show an EU Covid Digital certificate or the equivalent of a valid vaccine certificate. A booster dose of a vaccine is not required but strongly recommended. If recovered from COVID-19, guests must provide a QR code or alternatively validating documentation or an antibody test with proven infection.




    • For fully vaccinated guests, testing is recommended (within 72 hours of embarkation) but not required (with proof of vaccination), per our vaccination requirements.
    • 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 48 hours of embarkation. Children under 5 years of age are not required to submit a negative test.
    • A rapid antigen self-test is not valid for travel purposes.
    • 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. COVID-19 test certificate must contain the guest’s personal 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.
    • All crew members are required to be fully vaccinated and are regularly tested according to MSC Cruises’ health and safety protocols.


    Applicable to the Schengen area (national guests and foreigners residing in the Schengen area):

    • Guests must present a valid passport with a minimum of 3 months prior to their arrival in the UK.
    •  EU ID Card is not accepted, even in the case when the guest is willing to remain on board during the call in the UK.


    *Travel requirements for Schengen guests extended to Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Cyprus, Rep of Ireland, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.  If not Schengen passport holders but residents in the selected country please note that they must have a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen country - not valid if under renewal. 

    For Other Guests:
     Please click here to check the requirements for Northern Europe cruises.


    • All guests who embark in Israel, must complete an entry statement within 48 hours before the ship’s departure. The declaration should be filled as an exit statement before departing




    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, or your cruise and flight.


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Terminal & Embarkation

  • All Guests

    For a seamless embarkation process, all guests must comply with health and safety protocols in our terminals and bring the following: 

    • Fully vaccinated guests must present their original vaccination card or certificate reflecting all required doses at embarkation prior to boarding. The vaccination card or certificate must be valid for the duration of the entire cruise.
    • All guests over 5 years old 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 48 hours of embarkation before boarding. Children under 5 years of age are not required to submit a negative test.
    • A printed copy of the embarkation form (available in your cruise ticket).
    • A printed copy of the mandatory health questionnaire duly completed and signed within 6 hours prior to the embarkation (available in your cruise ticket).
    • The original test results certificate or vaccination and recovery certificate (paper or electronic format).
    • A valid identity document
    • All guests must comply with general travel industry requirements to and from ports of embarkation.



  • We will deny boarding if:
    • You have a fever (> 99.5 F/ 37.5 C), cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle/body aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste/smell within 14 days prior to embarkation.
    • Potential exposure to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to embarkation.
    • Temporary travel restrictions based on local circumstances. For example, certain countries may deny visas or prohibit entry based on travel history or nationality.
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Onboard, Ashore & Disembarkation

  • All Guests
    • The wearing of masks is highly recommended.  In certain circumstances, this recommendation might be due to a mandatory requirement by applicable health authorities’ regulations of a country or port of call visited.  When ashore, guests must also follow any local regulations regarding mask usage.  These protocols are subject to change. 
    • If you become symptomatic during your cruise, you will be required to take an RT-PCR test on board (covered by MSC Cruises).
    • To go ashore or to disembark in Belgium, guests traveling from a country outside the Schengen Area or European Union that is not included in the “white list” as per Belgium authorities, are required to complete the BEL PLF and submit online prior to arrival to the cruise. Guests staying onboard the ship in Zeebrugge DO NOT need to complete the BEL PLF.
    • All guests must comply with general travel industry requirements to and from ports of embarkation.
    • In addition, a PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM (PLF) may still be necessary for national or international mobility requirement: it’s every guest’s responsibility to verify this requirement before departure. For more information, it is recommended to check your country’s official requirements.
  • Shore Excursions


    Guests can 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, which is bookable pre-cruise and on board. 


    Visit our Shore Excursion  FAQ section for more information.

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