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

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.

The below requirements are valid for current and following sailings (health and safety measures are subject to change and will adapt according to the evolution of the pandemic).

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 before embarkation. Guests must bring the valid negative test certificate with them to the terminal. 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 have a verification certificate or QR Code confirming as such AND provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours before embarkation. Guests will need to show an EU Digital Covid Certificate or equivalent valid documentation. 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. For passengers embarking in Piraeus additional covid tests at the terminal might be performed. However, if guests will show the covid-19 test taken within 24h before embarkation, no additional tests will be required.

Note:
MSC Opera: Guests over 18 who have boarded MSC Opera with a COVID-19 recovery certificate and negative test, will need to repeat a Covid test free of charge in the terminal at La Goulette before going ashore in Tunisia.
 

Guests 2-11 years of age must present a RT-PCR or antigen test within 48 hours before embarkation. Guests must bring the valid negative test certificate with them to the terminal. There are no testing or vaccination requirements for guests under 2 years of age.

Guests are considered fully vaccinated if: 

Within the last 9 months and 14 or more days prior to departure they have completed two set of vaccines in accordance with local regulations including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax (for MSC Lirica also vaccines Sinovac, Sinopharm, Sputnik V are accepted). A “mix-and-match” combination of the above list of vaccines is also accepted. If more than 9 months (270 days) have passed since receiving the two set of vaccine shots, a booster vaccine will be required to embark. with the exception of Guests ages 12-17.

Starting from 14th of May, a booster dose is not mandatory for guests between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. Guests ages 12-17 are considered fully vaccinated if they have completed the primary vaccination cycle - 2 DOSES OF VACCINE (in accordance with local regulations).

Guests who have received the full set of vaccines and have either received a booster shot or recovered from Covid-19 are considered fully vaccinated and their certificate is considered valid without an expiration date.

Vaccination certificates must be valid for the duration of the entire cruise. Guests who recovered from Covid-19 and received only one shot of the vaccine are considered as fully vaccinated, as long they have got their vaccine shot or have recovered from Covid-19 within the last 6 months and have a verification certificate or QR Code confirming as such.

Please note: 2 doses of a non European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved vaccine plus an European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved booster (including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax) will be accepted for embarkation only if the booster shot was given within 6 months of receiving the second vaccine shot and administered at least 28 days after receiving the second vaccine shot. 

To note: Antigen self-test is not accepted for Embarkation 

 

Additional Travel Requirements for Israel
Information for Guests embarking in Haifa (Israel)
An entry statement must be filled out by all Guests within 48 hours before ship’s departure. The declaration should be filled as an exit statement before departing https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/.

Information for Guests in transit in Israel
All Guests must complete and an entry statement before departing Kusadasi https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/

Important notice for Guests embarking in Valletta (Malta)

 

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 result.

 
 
 
 
 
 

OTHER TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

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.

 

In accordance with local regulation of the countries on the itinerary, face masks are required when in public areas indoors. However, masks do not need to be worn when seated in restaurants, bars, lounges. When ashore, Guests must follow any local regulations which are subject to change.

The wearing of face masks is highly recommended. In certain circumstances this recommendation might be due to a mandatory requirement in accordance with applicable health authorities regulations of a country or port of call visited.

 

Additional Travel Requirements for Israel

Information for Guests embarking in Haifa (Israel)
An entry statement must be filled out by all Guests within 48 hours before ship’s departure. The declaration should be filled as an exit statement before departing https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/.

 

Information for Guests in transit in Israel:
All Guests must complete and an entry statement before departing Kusadasi https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/

 


Important: For Canadian residents (Fully vaccinated) the Covid insurance is not mandatory, but highly recommended.

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 but not limited to, 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 and vaccination or recovery certificate (paper or electronic format)
  • A proof of COVID-19 insurance clearly showing the COVID-19 risks coverage is highly recommended and not mandatory.
  • 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.

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.

 

Starting from April 1, 2022 Guests will be able to go ashore independently according to local requirements which are continually monitored and subject to change. Guests who are travelling 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.

 

 Additional Travel Requirements for Israel
Information for Guests in transit in Israel
All Guests must complete and an entry statement before departing Kusadasi https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/

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.

 

Guests travelling by cruise ship, will need to submit the PLF once and as the destination country select the country of their final disembarkation. They will have to enter in the electronic system the names of the ports visited by the ship during the cruise. (https://app.euplf.eu/#/)