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    Prepare for Your Cruise Aboard Norwegian Cruise Line Travel Requirements By Country

    What to Know Before Your Cruise

Required Travel Documentation and Information for Cruise Vacations

LAST UPDATED: July 14, 2022

NOTE: Norwegian Cruise Line is working closely with local government and health authorities to gather travel requirements to the destinations we visit. While this information is provided as a courtesy to our guests, destinations we travel to may have very specific entry requirements due to health and safety protocols including potentially booster requirements, additional testing, and mask requirements. It is the responsibility of the guest to ensure they meet the entry requirements for each destination.

For All Sailings

As you prepare for your upcoming sailing, we want to ensure that your embarkation process runs smoothly and inform you of the following important requirements.

Norwegian Cruise Line recommends for all guests to follow, and where possible, sign up for notifications from their local government on international travel regulations that may prevent, restrict, or require additional documentation when travelling to another country for embarkation or during their cruise. Please note, hotels booked through NCL for a pre and/or post hotel cruise stay may have additional protocols and requirements. Please check with the hotel directly for further information.

To learn more about our protocols and pre-cruise requirements check out our Sail Safe™ Health & Safety Program and Prepare for Your Cruise pages.

Bahamas Cruise Protocols

Bahamas Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

  • At this time, the Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson Janssen, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm and Covaxin or Sinovac in order for guests to disembark in the Bahamas.
  • Guests must present government issued vaccination card in order to disembark.

Bermuda Cruise Protocols

Bermuda Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: All guests must complete Bermuda Travel Authorization (TA) within 30 days of sailing. The cost of the Travel Authorization is $40 per guest. Link to form: https://www.gov.bm/cruise-travel-authorisation

Testing Requirements:

  • Pre-cruise:
    • All guests over the age of 2 must provide proof of negative test per standard Sail Safe testing requirements apply.
    • Bermuda government does not allow certificate of recovery in lieu of negative test result. 
  • Onboard:
    • If the ship takes longer than 5 days to arrive in Bermuda, all guests, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to take an additional antigen test onboard no more than 2 days prior to disembarking in Bermuda. This test will be paid for and administered by our onboard medical team.

All guests must have an approved Travel Authorization before embarkation.

  • A travel authorization number will be issued by Bermuda once approved
  • If you have any issues with the process, please contact:
  • Bermuda Tourism Authority: 1.833.570.2594 (toll-free)
  • Norwegian Cruise Line: 1.800.327.7030

Canada Cruise Protocols

Canada Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: All guests must complete ArriveCAN submission within 72 hours of embarkation. ArriveCAN receipt must be presented at check in on embarkation day. Guests must select "Arriving by Ship."

Vaccination Requirements:

  • All guests age twelve and older must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to arrival.

Testing Requirements:

  • Embarkation: all guests must provide proof of negative NAAT test (i.e. PCR) taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation, or negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of embarkation.
  • All unvaccinated guests ages 5-11 will also be required to take an additional test at embarkation. This test will be paid for and administered by Norwegian Cruise Line.
    • Please note, any embarkation testing in Vancouver will be administered at an offsite location, a 5 minute walk from the port at 757 West Hasting Street. There are no embarkation testing services available in the terminal.
  • Mid Cruise Testing: required for unvaccinated guests ages 5-11. This test will be paid for and administered by Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Disembarkation Testing (for cruises ending in a Canadian port only): unvaccinated guests ages 5-11 will be tested onboard at disembarkation. This test will be paid for and administered by Norwegian Cruise Line.

Face Coverings:

Required ashore in business establishments based on local requirements.

Europe Cruise Protocols

Europe Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

Travel requirements may vary from country to country in Europe.

Embarkation Requirements

  • For cruises originating from Piraeus, Greece:
  • All vaccinated guests must provide proof of:
    • Negative COVID-19 antigen administered by a verified third party within 2 days of the embarkation date (Proctored Self-administered home test not accepted)
    • Negative NAAT (PCR) test administered by a verified third party within 3 days of the embarkation (Proctored Self-administered home test not accepted)
    • COVID-19 Recovery Certificate*

* Individuals who test positive within 180 days of their scheduled embarkation date, do not require pre-arrival testing.

  • These guests must have one of the below acceptable forms of COVID-19 Recovery (dated no less than 10 days and no more than 180 days (EU) before embarkation) available during check-in:
    • EU Green Pass or comparable certificate for European citizens
    • A doctor’s note, plus a laboratory-confirmed PCR test result with the proper information (i.e. name, date, date of birth, positive result etc.), for all others unable to present an EU Green Pass (i.e. US Citizens)

Vaccination Requirements:

  • France: In order to be eligible to enter France as a vaccinated person for guests who received a one shot vaccine (Johnson & Johnson), at least four weeks must have passed after the shot.

All guests age 12 and over must present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

EU Healthy Gateways currently defines individuals as "Fully Vaccinated" against COVID-19 if they carry proof of vaccination with at least 14 days and no more than 270 days passed since the last dose of the primary vaccination series or if they have received a third or booster dose. To clarify, guests that have received a booster dose can travel regardless of the amount of time that has passed since their booster dose. Booster requirements vary by country as follows:

Booster Requirements:

  • Northern Europe/Baltic Itineraries (Baltic, British Isles & Iceland) do not require a booster.
  • Itineraries that include Italy, Spain, Greece, France, and Portugal require a booster, for all individuals 18 years or older, if their original vaccine course was taken more than 270 days prior to embarkation.
  • For itineraries which require boosters, in lieu of a booster 270 days after the primary series, guests may present a government recognized or official medical Certificate of Recovery.
    • For European Citizens, this would include an EU Green Pass or comparable certificate.
    • For all others unable to present an EU Green Pass (i.e. US Citizens) a doctor’s note, plus a laboratory confirmed PCR test result with the proper information (i.e. Name, Date, Date of Birth, Positive Result, etc.) will be accepted.
  • Children and Teens between the ages of 12 and 17: Full vaccination protocol at least two weeks after receipt of the final dose of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or any WHO approved vaccine. Children under the age of 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination.

Guests who cannot meet the above requirements should not travel to the ship as they will be unable to board.

Face Coverings:

  • Effective on 5/7/22 and beyond masks are optional on all sailings, unless visiting ports in Italy. In these ports, masks are required while indoors.
  • Italian ports specifically require KN95/FFP2 type masks.
  • Adhere to local regulations when visiting ports.

Effective 6/12/22, guests will no longer be required to show proof of negative Covid test to return to the United States.

In order to best comply with local regulations, all guests who require proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to their home country, will now have the following options:

  1. Purchase an easy-to-use telemedicine kit onboard (subject to availability)
  2. Visit a local clinic

For an easy-to-use online tool for locating COVID-19 testing providers around the world, please visit www.TestForTravel.com.

Ponta Delgada, Azores Cruise Protocols

Ponta Delgada, Azores Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

Going Ashore and Testing Requirements:

  • Unvaccinated guests must be show proof of negative PCR test (72 hours prior to arrival) or Antigen Test (24 hours prior to arrival). This test will be facilitated and paid for by NCL onboard.

Puerto Rico Cruise Protocols

Puerto Rico Cruise Protocols

Country Requirements

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico:
    • Effective 1.16.2022, Puerto Rico will implement post-cruise testing requirements for guests who are disembarking in Puerto Rico as follows:
      • Residents of Puerto Rico:
        • Must have a COVID-19 test performed within 48 hours after disembarking the ship.
        • Must complete the Online Travel Declaration Form (TDF) from the Puerto Rican Department of Health and Safety, which can be found here, https://www.travelsafe.pr.gov. This must be completed PRIOR to disembarking the ship and guests must show proof of the resulting QR code at disembarkation. Passengers must select option number two (2) which establishes that the passenger will perform a molecular or antigen test at an authorized facility in Puerto Rico within 48 hours after disembarkation. Passengers who do not comply with the prior arrival test requirement will be imposed a $300 fine.
      • Non-residents of Puerto Rico departing the same day of disembarkation:
        • No additional testing is required to disembark the ship.
      • Non-residents of Puerto Rico staying overnight in Puerto Rico after the cruise:
        • Must complete the Travel Declaration Form (TDF) prior to disembarkation at https://www.travelsafe.pr.gov
        • Must have a COVID-19 antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to disembarking the ship.
          • Norwegian Cruise Line will facilitate the test that is required (cost may apply).
            • Guests who secured their flights and/or post cruise hotel stay with Norwegian Cruise Line will not be charged for the test.
            • Guests who secured their flights and/or post cruise hotel stay independently will be responsible for the cost of the COVID-19 test:
              • $99 per person for an antigen test
              • $150 per person for a PCR test (if required)  

United States Cruise Protocols

United States Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

Embarkation Requirements

  • For cruises originating from a U.S. port:
  • All vaccinated guests must provide proof of:
    • negative COVID-19 antigen administered by a verified third party within 2 days of the embarkation date or
    • negative NAAT (PCR) test administered by a verified third party within 3 days of the embarkation
    • COVID-19 Recovery Certificate*
  • All unvaccinated guests ages 2 -11 must provide proof of:
    • Negative NAAT test (i.e., PCR) result administered by a verified third party within three days of the embarkation date, as well as additional antigen testing at embarkation and disembarkation administered and paid for by NCL. Failure to comply will result in denial of boarding.
    • unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will be subject to additional testing at embarkation and disembarkation administered and paid for by NCL. 
  • All unvaccinated guests under the age of 2 do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.
  • All unvaccinated guests age 12 and above are unable to cruise

*Individuals who test positive within 90 days of their scheduled embarkation date, do not require pre-arrival testing.

  • These guests must have one of the below acceptable forms of COVID-19 Recovery (dated no less than 10 days and no more than 90 days (US) & 180 days (EU) before embarkation) available during check-in:
    • EU Green Pass or comparable certificate for European citizens
    • A doctor's note, plus a laboratory-confirmed PCR test result with the proper information (i.e. name, date, date of birth, positive result etc.), for all others unable to present an EU Green Pass (i.e. US Citizens)
  • For Sailings to Bermuda, the government does not allow certificate of recovery in lieu of negative test result.

Testing Requirements to Return to US:

  • Effective 6/12/22, fully vaccinated guests will no longer be required to show proof of negative Covid-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to return to the United States.
  • Only unvaccinated guests ages 2-12 require a disembarkation test. Individuals under 2 years of age are exempt from any testing requirements.