TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR CARIBBEAN

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR CRUISES UNTIL 30TH SEPTEMBER 2022

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.

 

Last updated: 22nd September 2022

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

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there might be international travel restrictions depending on your cruise destination and your country of residence. Currently the passengers residents in Iran, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore are not allowed to cruise (until October 2022).

 

Sailings departing from US

 

  • All Guests (12 years and above) must be fully vaccinated and required to show a proof of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before embarking the ship.

 

  • All Guests (2-11 years) must provide proof of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before embarking the ship.

 

  • Guests under 2 years of age do not require any testing prior to embarkation.

     

    Guests are considered fully vaccinated if they received two set of vaccine shots  including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/Astrazeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Coronavac, Novavax/Covovax or any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines.

     

    The vaccination certificate must be valid for the duration of the entire cruise.

     

    To note:

    Guests that recovered from Covid-19 are not considered as fully vaccinated and an antigen self-test is not accepted for embarkation, in both cases boarding will be denied.

     

The original test and vaccination certificate must be presented at the terminal (paper or electronic format) and must be in English. 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 manufacterer and date(s) of vaccination.

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.

 

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. When ashore, guests must also follow any local regulations regarding face mask usage. These protocols are subject to change.


 As during a cruise, you may be exposed to specific COVID-19 risks that may not be usually covered by existing insurance policies, to ensure your peace of mind is strongly recommended – for all new reservations from 1 July 2022 onwards - for all guests to have in place an insurance policy that specifically covers them against COVID-19 related risks, such as cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance and related expenses, as well as hospitalization. If you have no insurance in place, please note that you might be exposed to additional costs that could not be covered by the Company.

 

The insurance should be in place to cover you and your family, from the confirmation of your booking until the end of the cruise, your cruise and flight or your Stay & Cruise package.

 

To fully protect you from the above risks, MSC offers a COVID Protection Plan - an insurance policy specifically designed for these COVID-19 risks - that can be added to the cruise whilst making the booking. The Covid Protection Plan is applicable to all departures on sales. Before finalizing the reservation, it will be possible to add to the cruise the MSC COVID-19 Protection plan at the price of 29€ per person.

 

Alternatively, you may travel with another insurance policy covering the above risks.

GOING ASHORE & TRAVELLING BACK HOME

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. 


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.
 

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR CRUISES FROM 1ST OCTOBER 2022

REQUIREMENTS TO EMBARK

The below requirements are valid for cruises starting from 1st October 2022

 

Vaccination requirements

 

All Guests are strongly encouraged, but not required, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

When a Guest is considered “fully vaccinated”?

Guests who have received at least two doses of vaccine of Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Oxford/AstraZeneca; Covishield; Sinopharm, SInovac, Coronavac, Novavax/Covovax
Guests must present their original vaccination card or certificate reflecting two required doses at pier upon check in.

IMPORTANT: Guests arriving from international destinations to the US should check the travel requirements to enter US which currently require any person ages 18 years old or over to be fully vaccinated. Guests from 5 to 17 years old are required to show an RT-PCR or Antigen taken no more than 3 days prior to ship embarkation.

Testing requirements

 

  • For vaccinated Guests it’s not required (but strongly recommended) to present a negative test.
  • Unvaccinated guests ages 5 or older and Guests who have only recovered from Covid-19 are not considered as fully vaccinated therefore are required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or Antigen test taken 3 days prior to embarkation.

Tests must be laboratory certified. A rapid antigen self-test is not valid for travel purposes.

All guests are recommended to travel with their COVID-19 vaccination status and test results. While the vaccination is not required for boarding it could be requested in various ports of call and at local attractions.

The original test results certificate 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.

All Crew members are required to be fully vaccinated and regularly weekly tested according to MSC Cruises Health & Safety protocol.

For more information visit our FAQ section.

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.

 

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. When ashore, guests must also follow any local regulations regarding face mask usage. These protocols are subject to change.


 As during a cruise, you may be exposed to specific COVID-19 risks that may not be usually covered by existing insurance policies, to ensure your peace of mind is strongly recommended – for all new reservations from 1 July 2022 onwards - for all guests to have in place an insurance policy that specifically covers them against COVID-19 related risks, such as cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance and related expenses, as well as hospitalization. If you have no insurance in place, please note that you might be exposed to additional costs that could not be covered by the Company.

 

The insurance should be in place to cover you and your family, from the confirmation of your booking until the end of the cruise, your cruise and flight or your Stay & Cruise package.

 

To fully protect you from the above risks, MSC offers a COVID Protection Plan - an insurance policy specifically designed for these COVID-19 risks - that can be added to the cruise whilst making the booking. The Covid Protection Plan is applicable to all departures on sales. Before finalizing the reservation, it will be possible to add to the cruise the MSC COVID-19 Protection plan at the price of 29€ per person.

 

Alternatively, you may travel with another insurance policy covering the above risks.

GOING ASHORE & TRAVELLING BACK HOME

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. 


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.