travel requirements for mediterranean cruises

what you need to know
before your cruise

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.

COVID-19: MEASURES TO EMBARK FOR RESIDENTS IN SCHENGEN COUNTRIES AND ROMANIA, BULGARIA, CROATIA & CYPRUS UNTIL DECEMBER 3rd 2021

For all sailings till December 3rd, 2021 please note that all Guests will need to follow at least one of these requirements to be allowed on board:   


  • Undergo a RT-PCR test or antigen test within 48 hours prior to the ship’s departure (only for guests over 2 years old). 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.

  • 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.

  • Have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months

 

Due to the latest evolution of the pandemic, starting from November 27th 2021, all Guests (above 2 years old), vaccinated, unvaccinated or that have recovered, need to provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to the ship’s departure.

 

The original test results certificate or vaccination 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.

  • Be fully vaccinated (only for Guests over 12 years old). 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.

COVID-19: MEASURES TO EMBARK FOR RESIDENTS IN SCHENGEN COUNTRIES AND ROMANIA, BULGARIA, CROATIA & CYPRUS FROM DECEMBER 4TH, 2021

For all sailings from December 4th, 2021 till March 31st 2022, please note that all Guests over 12 years old will need to follow one of these requirements to be allowed on board:     
 

  • Be fully vaccinated AND provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to the ship’s departure. 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.  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.

 

  • Have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months AND provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to the ship’s departure. 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.

 

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.

  • Be fully vaccinated (only for Guests over 12 years old). 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


COVID 19: MEASURES TO EMBARK FOR RESIDENTS IN NON SCHENGEN COUNTRIES

For all sailings in the upcoming months till march 31st 2022, please note that all Guests will need to follow all of these requirements to be allowed on board:  


  • All Guests (2 years old and over) need to provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to the ship's departure. 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.
     

  • 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 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.

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 / MaltaA Passenger Locator Form is required for Guests embarking in Malta (if not residents in Malta) and for disembarking Guests. For more information please click here.

 

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.  Before finalizing a reservation, it is possible to add to the cruise the MSC COVID-19 Protection plan for Winter 21/22 cruises on this website. 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
about embarkation

HEALTH SCREENINGS & EMBARKATION CHECKLIST

As per our stringent MSC Health & Safety protocol, all guests both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will need to undergo some Health and COVID 19 screenings including a COVID-19 test, a health questionnaire and a contactless temperature check, at the terminal before boarding.

 

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
 
We will deny boarding in case of:

 

  • Symptoms i.e fever (>37,5 C 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

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.


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 April 2022, Guests who are fully vaccinated will 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.