TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR CARIBBEAN & ANTILLES 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.

CARIBBEAN CRUISES - COVID-19: MEASURES TO EMBARK FOR US RESIDENTS

For travel requirements for US residents, check the MSC USA Website

CARIBBEAN CRUISES - COVID-19: MEASURES TO EMBARK FOR NON-US RESIDENTS

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.

 

For current sailings and through Summer 2022, please note that all Guests will need to follow all of these requirements to be allowed on board: 

  • All Guests (2 – 11 years old) need to provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 3 days before embarkation (i.e if you embark on your cruise on a Saturday,  you should take your COVID-19 RT-PCR test on the Wednesday before). Antigen COVID-19 test is not accepted to take a cruise (even though it is allowed to fly to the USA) and boarding will be denied. Guests (2 – 11 years old) will undergo an additional COVID-19 test at the terminal (free of charge), before boarding.

  • All Guests (12 years old and over):
    Need to provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 2 days before embarkation (i.e if you embark on your cruise on a Saturday,  you should take your COVID-19 test on the Thursday before).

  • 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 WHO Covid-19 vaccine including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/Astrazeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Coronavac
    - any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines (see list above)


    Note:
    Guests that recovered from Covid-19 and received only one shot of vaccine are not considered as fully vaccinated
    Antigen self-test is not accepted for Embarkation 

     

 

Guests arriving to the US from international destinations prior to cruising:

The US Government requires all international guests flying into the US to show proof of a negative antigen or RT-PCR test taken no more than 1 day prior to their flight departure bound to the US; depending on the timing of the test taken prior to flight departure and the timing of ship embarkation, the test  may or may not meet the requirements for ship’s embarkation. If the test taken prior to flight departure is more than 2 days prior to ship embarkation, it will be necessary to take a second test no more than 2 days prior to embarking the ship.  

 

 

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. The COVID 19 vaccination certificate must contain: Personal identifiers (at a minimum, full name and date of birth) that match the personal identifiers on the passport, name of official source issuing the record, vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination. 

ANTILLES CRUISES - 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.
 

 

For current sailings and through Summer 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 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 (i.e full set of vaccine shots received more than 14 days before the start of the cruise, with an approved Covid-19 vaccine: Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson)

To note: a Mix-and-match combination is accepted 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series combination of a single dose Pfizer or Moderna with a single dose Astra Zeneca.

To note: Guests that recovered from Covid-19 and received only one shot of vaccine are not considered as fully vaccinated.

 

For embarkation in St. Maarten guests must present a RT-PCR test 48 hours prior to the ships departure. If this is not possible guests must present a RT-PCR test taken within 72hours prior, plus an antigen test taken within 24hrs.

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 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.

St Maarten has established a mandatory health pre-authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor arriving by air including transits, visitors and Saint Martin residents. Without the health pre-authorization boarding will not be possible. Be advised that processing time can take up to 12 hours. 


  • All passengers must complete the application procedure through EHAS before departing to St Maarten.

  • Within 48 hours, before disembarking again in St Maarten at the end of the cruise, all passengers 5 years and older must have an antigen test performed by the cruise line.

  • Applying through EHAS is not necessary when returning to St Maarten at the end of the cruise.

  • The purchase of COVID-19 insurance (14 USD) is mandatory only when staying more than one (1) day in St Maarten either before or after the cruise. The insurance is only valid during the days of stay in St Maarten between the arrival date and return date to the country of origin.

To go ashore or to disembark in the UK and 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 webbsites.

 

 
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 the whole Summer 2022. 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 (details in measures to embark section), 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 COVID 19 test and 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. For more information, it is recommended to check your country’s competent authorities official channels.

 

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.  For Antilles cruises 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.

 

St Maarten has established a mandatory health pre-authorization application through an Electronic Health Authorization System (EHAS) for every visitor arriving by air including transits, visitors and Saint Martin residents. Without the health pre-authorization boarding will not be possible. Be advised that processing time can take up to 12 hours. 

 

  • All passengers must complete the application procedure through EHAS before departing to St Maarten.
  • Within 48 hours, before disembarking again in St Maarten at the end of the cruise, all passengers 5 years and older must have an antigen test performed by the cruise line.
  • Applying through EHAS is not necessary when returning to St Maarten at the end of the cruise.
  • The purchase of COVID-19 insurance (14 USD) is mandatory only when staying more than one (1) day in St Maarten either before or after the cruise. The insurance is only valid during the days of stay in St Maarten between the arrival date and return date to the country of origin.

 

 

French residents returning from any country outside the European Community must show a certificate of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. The test can be completed on board at the cost of 80,00 Euros.

 

Swiss passport holders and residents returning to Switzerland are required to show a certificate or a negative RT-PCR test and submit to additional testing between Day 4 and Day 7 upon returning to Switzerland. Guests are also obligated to notify the Authority of Health in their Canton. The test can be completed on board at the cost of 80,00 Euros.

 

UK Residents returning to UK from any cruise destinations must complete a passenger locator form (PLF), book an Antigen or a PCR test to take on or before day 2 upon their return to the UK.

 

 

To support Guests in complying 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.