travel requirements for mediterranean cruises
what you need to know
It’s every guest’s responsibility to verify the travel requirements before the cruise departure. MSC Cruises has worked with the authorities in all of the regions and countries in which the ships operate to ensure its protocol meets and exceed the required health and safety measures. The below details are subject to change.
before your cruise
COVID 19: MEASURES TO EMBARK FOR UK RESIDENTS & NON SCHENGEN COUNTRIES
- All Guests (2 years old and over) need to provide a certificate of a negative antigen or RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before embarkation ONLY. If you embark on your cruise at 15:00 on a Saturday, you should take your COVID-19 test on the Thursday as of 15:00 at the earliest.
- All Guests (12 years old and over) have to be fully vaccinated. Guests are considered fully vaccinated if they received the full set of vaccine shots more than 14 days before the start of the cruise with an approved Covid-19 vaccine including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson. A “mix-and-match” combination of the above list of vaccines is accepted. Guests that recovered from Covid-19 (if in the last 6 months) and received only one shot of vaccine are considered as fully vaccinated.
The original test results certificate or 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: guest’s personal data (verifiable with the other travel documents), date of the test, identification / contact details of the centre that performed the analysis, technique used and negative test results.
COVID-19: MEASURES TO EMBARK FOR RESIDENTS IN SCHENGEN COUNTRIES AND ROMANIA, BULGARIA, CROATIA & CYPRUS
Guests 2-11 years of age, since not eligible for vaccination, will continue to be welcomed on board under the current measures (RT-PCR or antigen test within 48 hours prior to the ship’s departure). Guests under 2 years of age do not need any requirement.
The original test results certificate or vaccination certificate or recovery 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: guest’s personal data (verifiable with the other travel documents), date of the test, identification / contact details of the centre that performed the analysis, technique used and negative test result.
Important notice for Guests embarking in Valletta (Malta)
Guests embarking in Valletta (Malta) must:
•Undergo a RT-PCR test within 48 prior to ship’s departure (only for Guests over 2 years old). For Guests residents in Malta an antigen test is also accepted.
OTHER TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
Before booking your cruise, please check HERE if you are allowed to embark according to your country of residence. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there might be international travel restrictions depending on your cruise destination and your country of residence.
A COVID-19 test or 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 competent authorities official channels.
- Italy: a Passenger Locator Form needs to be filled in before entering the country (more information here).
- Spain: guests will need to fill a Health Control Form before entering in the country (more information here).
- Valletta / Malta: For guests embarking/disembarking in Malta, different travel requirements might apply. Please check our FAQ section for more information.
To ensure peace of mind, MSC Cruises requires all guests to have a specific and mandatory Covid-19 insurance policy to embark, covering against COVID-19 related risks, i.e cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance and related expenses, as well as hospitalization.
You can see the policy benefits available here to see if they are of interest and benefit for you. A proof of the specific COVID-19 coverage insurance policy - which must be in one of the following languages English, Italian, German, French or Spanish - must be presented at embarkation or boarding will be denied.
what you need to know
HEALTH SCREENINGS & EMBARKATION CHECKLIST
For a seamless embarkation process, please make sure to review our Health & safety measures in place in our terminals and to bring:
- 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 or recovery certificate (paper or electronic format)
- A proof of COVID-19 insurance clearly showing the COVID-19 risks coverage
- A valid identity document
- Symptoms i.e fever (>37.5 C / 99.5 F), cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle/body aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat and loss of taste/smell in the 14 days prior to embarkation
- Potential exposure to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID 19 in the 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.
- Failure to provide the proof of the mandatory COVID-19 insurance policy (which must be in one of the following languages: English, Italian, German, French or Spanish)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOING
ASHORE & TRAVELLING BACK HOME
GOING ASHORE & TRAVELLING BACK HOME
Discover in protected excursions: to go ashore during your cruise, this is possible only by participating in one of MSC Shore Excursions to ensure the same high standards of health and safety ashore as on board. Some excursions will require an official Covid certificate to access some venues (I.e. museums, churches,..) or to participate any event. More information in the FAQ section.
Starting in March 2022, Guests who are fully vaccinated might be able to go ashore independently and will need to follow the requirements of going ashore according to the countries they will visit, which are constantly monitored and subject to updates. Those Guests who are not fully vaccinated or who have unvaccinated children in their travelling party, will need to go ashore with an MSC Excursion to discover in a protected excursion.
To support Guests in compliance with international mobility requirements, MSC Cruises has organized the possibility for its guests to purchase and perform a RT-PCR test or an antigen test during their cruise. More information in the FAQ section.