TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR NORTHERN EUROPE

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

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:   

  • Undergo a RT-PCR test or antigen test within 48 hours prior to the ship’s departure (for guests over 2 years old and below 12 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.
  • 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. 
    Note: Guests that recovered from Covid-19 and received only one shot of vaccine are not considered as fully vaccinated

The original test 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: 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. 

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 (above 2 years old) need to provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before embarkation. If you embark on your cruise at 15:00 on a Saturday, you should take your COVID-19 test on the Wednesday 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. 
    Note: Guests that recovered from Covid-19 and received only one shot of vaccine are not considered as fully vaccinated

The original test 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: 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. 

To disembark in Southampton, guests must complete the UK PLF and submit it online within 48 hours prior to arrival. Leaving the ship for shore excursions in Southampton is currently not allowed. 

 


To go ashore or to disembark in Belgium, e-PLF need to be submitted in advance. MSC Cruises advises Guests to fill in the PLF prior to the cruise.

 

To go ashore in Germany (Hamburg) and if the Guests visited a high-risk area in the past 10 days before reaching Hamburg, Guests need to complete a digital entry form. For more information, it is recommended to check your country’s competent authorities official channels and the following websites:

Belgium: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/  

Additional information to fill in your Belgian e-PLF:

-Identification of the vessel: MSC Magnifica

-Residential address: Street: MSC Magnifica, Number: 9387085, Box (=Pier number): 702, Zip/postal code: 8380, City: Zeebrügge 

The U.K.: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk  
Germany: more information HERE and https://einreiseanmeldung.de


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 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.  

 

To disembark in Southampton, guests must complete the UK PLF and submit it online within 48 hours prior to arrival. 
Guests disembarking and ending their cruise in the UK staying for more then 48hours must book a day 2 PCR-RT test (not antigen) prior to leaving the ship. Guests must self isolate until they receive results of a negative day 2 PCR test. Guests who are remaining in the UK less then 48hours do not need to book a day 2 PCR test and should isolate as much as possible between the ship and the airport.  


To go ashore or to disembark in Belgium, e-PLF need to be submitted in advance. MSC Cruises advises Guests to fill in the PLF prior to the cruise.
 
To go ashore in Germany (Hamburg) and if the Guests visited a high-risk area in the past 10 days before reaching Hamburg, Guests need to complete a digital entry form. For more information, it is recommended to check your country’s competent authorities official channels and the following websites:

Belgium:

https://www.info-coronavirus.be/ 

Additional information to fill in your Belgian e-PLF:

-Identification of the vessel: MSC Magnifica

-Residential address: Street: MSC Magnifica, Number: 9387085, Box (=Pier number): 702, Zip/postal code: 8380, City: Zeebrügge 

The U.K. https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk 

Germany: more information HERE and https://einreiseanmeldung.de 


Discover in protected excursions: To go ashore during the cruise, MSC Cruises highly recommends to participate in one of or MSC Shore Excursions to ensure the same high standards of health and safety ashore as on board. 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. Not all destinations allow independent disembarkation and it may depend on the traveller’s vaccination status. Those Guests who are not fully vaccinated or have unvaccinated children in their travelling party, will need to go ashore with an MSC Excursion to discover in a protected excursion. 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.

 

Please Note: At this time, leaving the ship for shore excursions and transit is not allowed in Southampton (UK). Only guests whose cruise ends in Southampton can disembark.


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.