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 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 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 antigen or RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before embarkation. 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.


    To 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 


    All guests embarking in Zeebrugge are required to complete the BEL PLF before the embarkation

     

    For all guests embarking in the UK (Southampton) a RT-PCR or LFD COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours is required. Non-UK residents flying to UK and embarking from Southampton must provide proof of a negative PCR or LFD COVID-19 test taken within 2 days of departure to the UK and complete a passenger locator form (PLF). If embarking within 48hours of arriving to the UK a day 2 PCR or Antigenic or Lateral Flow test are not required.


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 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 (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. 
    To 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 


    All guests embarking in the UK (Southampton) are required to provide a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours.  

    All guests ages 2 and older embarking from non UK ports are required to provide a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to the ship’s departure.


For all guests embarking in the UK (Southampton) a RT-PCR or LFD COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours is required. Non-UK residents flying to UK and embarking from Southampton must provide proof of a negative PCR or LFD (antigen) COVID-19 test taken within 2 days of departure to the UK and complete a passenger locator form (PLF). 

 

If embarking within 48hours of arriving to the UK a day 2 PCR test or Antigenic or Lateral Flow test are not required.

 

For all guests embarking in Zeebrugge are required to complete the BEL PLF before the embarkation

 

Please note:
Fully Vaccinated NON-UK RESIDENTS flying to UK and anyone arriving in the UK from outside the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man)  are required to complete a passenger locator form (PLF), guests under the age of 18 may be included on the PLF of their relevant adult.  If embarking within 48hours of arriving to the UK a day 2 PCR test is not required. 
For all guests embarking in Zeebrugge are required to complete the BEL PLF before the embarkation

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 and book an antigenic or PCR test to take on or before day 2. Guests staying in the UK less then 48hours must only complete the PLF.
To go ashore or transit in Southampton: guests must complete the UK PLF (PLF);  and day test 2 is not required if guests transit or take part in an excursion of less than 48 hours



To go ashore or to disembark in Belgium, guests are required to complete the BEL PLF and submit online prior to arrival to the cruise. (guests staying onboard the ship in Zeebrugge DO NOT need to complete the BEL PLF).


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 cruises for the whole Summer 2022 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, residents or guests must complete the UK PLF and submit it online within 48 hours prior to arrival and book an antigenic or PCR test to take on or before day 2. Guests staying in the UK less then 48hours must only complete the PLF.


 

To go ashore or to disembark in Belgium, guests are required to complete the BEL PLF and submit online prior to arrival to the cruise. (guests staying onboard the ship in Zeebrugge DO NOT need to complete the BEL PLF)


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:

 

 

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

 

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 who have 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.

 

French residents returning from any country outside the European Community must show a certificate of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 24 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 also 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 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.