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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 Holidays

LAST UPDATED: September 21, 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 by a verified 3rd party, and mask requirements. It is the responsibility of the guest to ensure they meet the entry requirements for each destination. Guests may be denied boarding if all country specific requirements are not met.

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 traveling 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.

The below country specific protocols apply to cruise departing from or calling on specific countries identified unless otherwise specified.

Aruba Cruise Protocols

Aruba Travel Requirements

Country Requirements


Age Vaccinated Unvaccinated
All Complete Aruba's Embarkation / Disembarkation Card prior to arrival

https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements/before-you-travel
Same as vaccinated.

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. Refer to https://www.bahamas.com/travelupdates for most up to date vaccine requirements.

Testing must be administered by a verified third party.

Age Vaccinated Unvaccinated
< 2 years Nothing Required. Nothing Required.
≥ 2 years Proof of completed series of one-dose or two-dose vaccination regimen at embarkation. Provide proof of one of the following:
1. Negative COVID-19 antigen test within three days of the embarkation date
2. NAAT test (i.e., PCR) within three days of embarkation date
3. COVID-19 Recovery Certificate*

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

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: 00800 0310 21 21

Testing must be administered by a verified third party.

Age Vaccinated Unvaccinated
< 2 years Nothing Required. Nothing Required.
≥ 2 years Travel Authorization required. Application fee $40

Proof of completed series of one-dose or two-dose primary vaccination regimen at embarkation.

And

Provide proof of one of the following at embarkation:

  1. COVID-19 NAAT test (PCR, LAMP or TMA) up to 4 days before embarkation
  2. Supervised antigen up to 2 days before embarkation
Travel Authorization required. Application fee $40

Proof of travel health insurance

Provide proof of one of the following at embarkation:

  1. COVID-19 NAAT test up to 2 days before embarkation
  2. Supervised antigen up to 2 days before embarkation
Bermuda requires all unvaccinated guests 2 years and older to share proof of a negative COVID-19 within 2 days of arrival in order to go ashore. This test will either be facilitated at embarkation or while onboard, guests are responsible for the cost.**

  • Note: Unvaccinated children 11 years and under travelling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians can upload their guardian’s vaccination certificate instead of proof of travel health insurance.
  • Valid proof of health insurance for travel to Bermuda includes:
    • Guests who have purchased BookSafe Standard, BookSafe Platinum, or Essentials travel protection through Norwegian Cruise Line may upload their cruise confirmation that shows travel protection coverage type as their proof of travel health insurance.
    • Certificate of insurance, letter from insurer or medical declaration of insurance or travel insurance which states:
      • Insurer name and address
      • insured traveller’s name
      • confirmation medical expenses are covered, including COVID-19 coverage (or "all medical expenses covered")
  • Period of coverage: insurance coverage, start and end date
  • ** Approximate cost per Covid-19 Antigen test is $95. Approximate cost per PCR is $199. This cost may vary and is the responsibility of the guest. We will share guests' test results in the Bermuda Maritime Declaration and those guests with a negative result will be able to go ashore.

 

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."

Testing must be administered by a verified third party.

For cruises originating from or sailing to a Canadian port (which may include Alaska itineraries):

Age Vaccinated Unvaccinated
< 5 years Nothing required. Nothing required.
5-11 years Provide proof of one of the following:
1. Negative COVID-19 antigen test within two days of the embarkation date
2. NAAT test (i.e., PCR) within three days of embarkation date
3. COVID-19 Recovery Certificate*
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.
≥ 12 years Provide proof of one of the following:
1. Negative COVID-19 antigen test within two days of the embarkation date
2. NAAT test (i.e., PCR) within three days of embarkation date
3. COVID-19 Recovery Certificate*
Unable to cruise.

  • 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.

Colombia Cruise Protocols

Colombia Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

Testing must be administered by a verified third party.

Age Vaccinated Unvaccinated
< 18 years Nothing Required Nothing Required
> 18 years Proof of completed series of one-dose or two-dose vaccination regimen at embarkation.
OR
Provide proof of one of the following:
  1. Negative COVID-19 antigen test no later than 48 hours before of the embarkation date
  2. NAAT test (i.e., PCR) no later than 72 hours of embarkation date
Provide proof of one of the following at embarkation:
  1. Negative COVID-19 antigen test no later than 48 hours before of the embarkation date
  2. NAAT test (i.e., PCR) no later than 72 hours of embarkation date

Costa Rica Cruise Protocols

Costa Rica Travel Requirements

Country Requirements


Age Vaccinated Unvaccinated
< 5 years Nothing Required Nothing Required
> 5 years Proof of completed series of one-dose or two-dose vaccination regimen at embarkation.
The last doses must have been administrated at least 14 days prior to departure.
Unable to go ashore.

Greece Cruise Protocols

Greece Islands Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

Testing must be administered by a verified third party.

For cruises originating from a Greece port (i.e. Piraeus and Crete):

Age Vaccinated Unvaccinated
< 12 Nothing required. Nothing required.
12 to 17 Years Proof of completed series of one-dose or two-dose primary vaccination regimen at embarkation.

And

Provide proof of one of the following:

  1. Negative COVID-19 antigen test within two days of the embarkation date (Self-administered home test not accepted)
  2. NAAT test (i.e., PCR) within three days of embarkation date (Self-administered home test not accepted)
  3. COVID-19 Recovery Certificate*
Provide proof of one of the following:

  1. Negative COVID-19 antigen test within two days of the embarkation date (Self-administered home test not accepted)
  2. Negative NAAT test (i.e., PCR) within three days of embarkation date (Self-administered home test not accepted)
  3. COVID-19 Recovery Certificate*
Applicable to all sailings that call on Greece, regardless of embarkation port: Unvaccinated guests may be required to test occasionally throughout the voyage if deemed necessary by Greek Authorities. Guests would be responsible for the cost**

≥ 18 years Proof of up-to-date vaccination regimen, including booster***, at embarkation.

And

Provide proof of one of the following:

  1. Negative COVID-19 antigen test within two days of the embarkation date (Self-administered home test not accepted)
  2. NAAT test (i.e., PCR) within three days of embarkation date (Self-administered home test not accepted)
  3. COVID-19 Recovery Certificate*
Provide proof of one of the following:

  1. Negative COVID-19 antigen test within two days of the embarkation date (Self-administered home test not accepted)
  2. Negative NAAT test (i.e., PCR) within three days of embarkation date (Self-administered home test not accepted)
  3. COVID-19 Recovery Certificate*
Applicable to all sailings that call on Greece, regardless of embarkation port: Unvaccinated guests may be required to test occasionally throughout the voyage if deemed necessary by Greek Authorities. Guests would be responsible for the cost** Applicable to all itineraries that call on Greece ports.

Booster Requirement

  • To be considered fully vaccinated on itineraries that include Greece, guests age 18 and over must have a booster if their original vaccine was received 270 days or more 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 or antigen test result with the proper information (i.e. Name, Date, Date of Birth, Positive Result, etc.) will be accepted.
  • Guests who cannot meet the above requirements will need to follow the requirements for "unvaccinated" guests.

Israel Cruise Protocols

Israel Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

Age Vaccinated Unvaccinated
All The Israeli government requires all non-Israeli citizens boarding a cruise whose next destination is Israel to fill out Entry Statement found here within 48 hours of embarkation.

All travelers must present a health insurance policy with COVID-19 coverage during their stay.
Same as vaccinated.

*COVID-19 RECOVERY CERTIFICATE

A COVID-19 Recovery Certificate may be presented as an alternative to the testing requirement as noted above in select countries.

  • At check in, these guests must have one of the below acceptable forms of COVID-19 Recovery available (dated no less than 10 days and no more than 90 days (US, Caribbean, Central and South America) and 180 days (EU and Canada) before embarkation):
    • For European citizens, this would include an EU Green Pass or comparable certificate.
    • For guests unable to present an EU Green Pass (i.e. U.S. citizens), a doctor’s note, plus a laboratory-confirmed PCR or antigen test result with the proper information (i.e. name, date, date of birth, positive result etc.) will be accepted.
    • This excludes all voyages visiting Bermuda.