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 FROM SCHENGEN COUNTRIES AND ROMANIA, BULGARIA, CROATIA & CYPRUS

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 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. 

 

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

 

 

Important notice for Guests travelling to Italy:

Italian authorities require all international Guests travelling to Italy to show proof of a negative antigen test taken within 24h prior to the ship’s departure or a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours from the ship’s departure. 

Guests arriving from countries included in “List E” according to Italian authorities, are not allowed to enter in Italy for tourism purposes. More info here.

 

 

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 FROM NON SCHENGEN COUNTRIES

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 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. 

  • Antigen self-test is not accepted for Embarkation 

     


 

Important notice for Guests travelling to Italy:

Italian authorities require all international Guests travelling to Italy to show proof of a negative antigen test taken within 24h prior to the ship’s departure or a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours from the ship’s departure. 

Guests arriving from countries included in “List E” according to Italian authorities, are not allowed to enter in Italy for tourism purposes. More info here.

 

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.

 

According to the latest regulations imposed by Italian authorities, all Guests must wear a FFP2 type mask when boarding a bus transfer on the Italian territory. Guests not following this requirement will not be accepted on board.

 

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, 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.

 

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 tests 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 

 

Italian authorities require all international Guests travelling to Italy to show proof of a negative antigen test taken within 24h prior to arrival in Italy or a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy. To comply with the regulations, antigen tests will be performed on board the ship, free of charge, the day before entering in Italy. If Guests need to have a test on a different day, this will be on payment. The results will be delivered directly to the cabin.


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.

 

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.