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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: May 18, 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 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.

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.

Barbados Cruise Protocols

Barbados Travel Requirements

Shore Excursion Requirements

  • All guests visiting Barbados will only be permitted to go ashore and take bubble excursions as defined below:
    • Tours approved for sale by tour operators through a Norwegian Cruise Line booked shore excursion.
    • Tours approved for sale by independent tour and taxi operators as authorized by the Government of Barbados, following the appropriate health and safety requirements.
      • Guests exercising this option must take approved taxis dispatched from secured designated taxi facilities within the Bridgetown port, or must have a pre-booked tour confirmed by email from an approved tour operator for pick-up in the Bridgetown port.

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 vaccinated guests (any age):

  • Travel Authorization requirements include uploading vaccination card and proof of negative antigen test, administered by a verified third party or via medically supervised home test, within 48 hours of embarkation.
  • Note: The upload of the antigen test results should occur at same time as the upload of proof of vaccination.

All unvaccinated guests (only applicable to guests under the age of 12):

  • Travel Authorization requirements include proof of a negative PCR test, administered by a verified third party or via medically supervised home test, within 96 hours of embarkation.
  • All unvaccinated guests (only applicable to guests under the age of 12) will also be required to take an additional antigen test at embarkation. This test will be paid for and administered by Norwegian Cruise Line.

Where Bermuda is not the first port of call, or if the ship takes longer than 4 days to arrive in Bermuda, all guests, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to take an additional antigen or PCR 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: 00800 0310 21 21

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.

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.

Costa Rica Cruise Protocols

Costa Rica Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

  • Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica: Guests are required to wear a mask ashore. Only authorized vaccines Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson are accepted.

Europe Cruise Protocols

Europe Travel Requirements

Country Requirements

Travel requirements may vary from country to country in Europe.

Vaccination Requirements:

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 Mediterranean ports and Greek Isles itineraries 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.
  • For EU sailings Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be accepted for vaccinated children and teens between the ages of 5 and 17 and Moderna (Spikevax) for children 12-17 years of age.

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

Testing Requirements:

  • All vaccinated guests age 12 and older: must provide proof of negative NAAT test (I.e. PCR) or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation. Testing at the terminal will not be facilitated. (Please refer to below for additional requirements for Greece & Israel)
  • For sailings departing from Greece: In addition to above testing requirements, all guests must additionally provide proof of negative antigen test within 24 hours prior to embarkation. This test will be paid for and administered by Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • For sailings departing from or visiting Israel:
    • Per Israel Port Authority, all guests visiting Israel must provide proof of negative NAAT test (i.e. PCR) taken within 72 prior to embarkation. Failure to comply will result in denial of boarding. Antigen test will not be accepted. Testing at the terminal will not be facilitated.
    • An additional negative NAAT (I.e. PCR) test result will be required before arriving to Israel. This test will be facilitated and paid for by Norwegian Cruise Line onboard.

Face Coverings:

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

MALTA FORMS

Going Ashore:

All Guests who do not hold an EU-COVID certificate and intending to go ashore will need to use VeriFLY.  

  • After creating a secure profile on their mobile device, passengers will upload vaccine information and other documentation as required directly into the VeriFLY app.
  • Under the "Add other" section, select "Malta arrivals". Once the information is completed and vaccine picture is uploaded, you have successfully submitted for review.
  • The VeriFLY app will verify that the passenger's information matches the requirements set by Malta and displays a simple pass or fail message.
  • Following that, the passenger will be guided to fill in the Passenger Locator Form for entry into Malta.
  • The VeriFLY app is available on Google Play and on the Apple App Store, and users shall be able to activate their “Trip to Malta” pass, which encapsulates the requirements for entry into Malta. It is highly recommended that guests download the app and complete the required information prior to embarkation.

The above will not be required for guests opting to remain onboard the ship and not proceed ashore.

French Polynesia Cruise Protocols

French Polynesia Cruise Protocols

Country Requirements

Includes the following ports of call: Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora, Raiatea

Vaccination Requirements:

French Polynesia 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.

  • Please note that any guest whose primary COVID-19 vaccination will be beyond 270 days at the time of disembarkation from their voyage MUST HAVE a COVID-19 "booster" prior to embarkation.
  • Booster requirement from authorities in French Polynesia only applies to travelers over 18 years old.
  • There is no exemption for the adult travelers whose second dose is over 9 months, namely the certificate of recovery IS NOT recognized by French Polynesia authority.
    • Unless with French Polynesian High Commission endorsement, there is no exemption for the adult travelers whose second dose is over 9 months.

Guests who cannot meet French Polynesia definition of "Fully Vaccinated" should not travel to the ship as they will be unable to board.

Grenada Cruise Protocols

Grenada Cruise Protocols

Country Requirements

  • All guests visiting Grenada must apply for a "Pure Safe" travel authorization prior to travel. The authorization form should be completed prior to commencing travel and can be found here: https://covid19.gov.gd/
  • All guests over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination when going ashore.
  • Guests will be required to wear a face covering ashore.

Jamaica Cruise Protocols

Jamaica Travel Requirements

Shore Excursion Requirements

  • Guests are not permitted to walk off the port of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. In order to go ashore while in Ocho Rios, guests must comply with one of the following:
    • Book a Norwegian Cruise Line shore excursion.
    • Book a restricted or controlled freelance tour. This is the traditional Taxi Freelance Line.
    • Walk or take transportation to Island Village, Harbour Shops & Taj Mahal Shopping Centre. These shops are closed to the public on ship days and opened exclusively for cruise passengers.

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)  

St. Lucia Cruise Protocols

St. Lucia Travel Requirements

Shore Excursion Requirements

  • All guests visiting St. Lucia must only engage in:
    • Tours and activities within the bubble tour arrangements provided through a Norwegian Cruise Line booked shore excursion.
    • Walk-around activities within the port's restaurant and bars areas.
    • Visiting designated taxi booths to arrange for certified taxi operators to take them to a certified area that's been approved by the local government.