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    Prepare for Your Cruise Aboard Norwegian Cruise Line Travel Requirements & Information

    What to Know Before Your Cruise

Required Travel Documentation and Information for Cruise Holidays

LAST UPDATED: December 1, 2021

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.

NCL 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.

To learn more about cruising with the ultimate freedom, explore our Sail Safe™ Health & Safety Program and check our pre-cruise requirements for all required documents and protocols.

Before You Travel:Prior to Leaving Home

What to Know Before Your Cruise

Before You Travel: Prior to Leaving Home

  • All guests must fully complete online check-in and select a port arrival time, which will become available as soon as 21 days and up to 3 days before the cruise embarkation date.
  • Due to limited capacity in the terminals, port arrival times selected during online check in will be strictly enforced.
    • Luggage tags must be attached to each piece of luggage when arriving at the port to expedite the baggage drop-off process.
  • We strongly encourage all guests to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 96-hours prior to their sail date as an added precaution. If a PCR test is not readily available, then we encourage guests to at a minimum take a COVID-19 antigen test, prior to travel. Please note that many countries are now requiring this, and requirements vary based on guest nationality, so we strongly urge you to check the official website of the country you are flying to or connecting through before travelling in order to comply with their requirements.
  • Should you need to locate a testing provider prior to beginning travel or while traveling prior to your cruise, please visit TestForTravel.com, an easy-to-use online tool for locating COVID-19 testing providers around the world. Simply enter your zip code, or city and country, and the website will display locations, contact information, and testing hours. It also allows you to search by test type – PCR or Antigen.

Please note: If a guest receives a positive COVID test at the pier testing at arrival, they will be denied boarding and will likely be required to quarantine by local officials. Norwegian Cruise Line will assist with expenses related to any mandatory quarantine that are not covered by their travel insurance only if the guest provides proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 96-hours of their travel date. Guests who are unable to provide proof of a negative test taken within 96-hours of their travel date will not qualify for reimbursement should the applicable expenses not be covered by their travel insurance.

  • Proof of negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 96-hours of travel date must show guest name, date of birth and date the test was taken in order to be eligible.

Upon Arrival:At the Cruise Terminal

What to Know Before Your Cruise

Upon Arrival at the Cruise Terminal:

Cruises with embarkation dates through January 16, 2022:

  • All guests will receive a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival at the cruise terminal and will wait in the designated area until the results are received.
  • To speed up the COVID-19 testing process, we strongly encourage all guests to register with our testing provider prior to their cruise date. Registration information can be found within online check-in.
    • Doing this will minimize your boarding wait and get your vacation started sooner!
  • Finally, guests must have all of the necessary documentation, such as proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test, and passport, readily available to present to the check-in staff upon arrival.
    • For further information on required travel documentation, click here.

Cruises with embarkation dates beginning January 17, 2022:

  • Upon arrival at the cruise terminal, all guests will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result administered by a verified third party, via medically supervised home test (i.e. https://www.emed.com/) or BioReference-Scarlett Concierge testing service (BioReference sends a qualified medical professional to you to conduct your test), within two days prior to boarding for cruises originating in a U.S. port and three days prior for voyages departing from a non-U.S. port.
  • Proof of vaccination must be in the form the physical test or electronic official copy.
    • If a guest is unable to provide proof of a negative result at the time of embarkation, testing will be available at the terminal at the guest's expense for $99.00 per person.
  • Should you need to locate a testing provider prior to beginning travel or while traveling prior to your cruise, please visit TestForTravel.com, an easy-to-use online tool for locating COVID-19 testing providers around the world. Simply enter your zip code, or city and country, and the website will display locations, contact information, and testing hours. It also allows you to search by test type – PCR or Antigen.

To understand the earliest you should test prior to your cruise vacation, see below:

Cruise Vaccine Table Dates Guideline - Norwegian Cruise Line

 

For all cruises:

  • All guests are required to be fully vaccinated for all sailings at least 2 weeks prior to departure, and must show proof of vaccination at the terminal in order to board the vessel. For information regarding what vaccines will be accepted, click here.
    • We recommend that all guests bring their proof of vaccine when going ashore in all ports.
    • Face coverings may be required in certain settings to comply with local requirements, for example in terminals for embarkation and disembarkation or at ports of call.

    Failure to comply with the requirements will unfortunately result in denial of embarkation. Guests who are denied embarkation or re-boarding for failure to comply with Norwegian Cruise Line's COVID-19 Policies and Procedures shall not be entitled to a refund or compensation of any kind. For more information, please click here.

    As government regulations evolve, our health and safety protocols will evolve as needed to ensure compliance. This may mean different protocols from ship to ship based on local state or port requirements or in an abundance of caution to keep our guests and crew as safe as possible.

    For additional information on all you need to know to prepare for an amazing vacation ahead, click here.

    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, and AstraZeneca/Oxford in order for guests to disembark in the Bahamas.
    • Guests who are fully vaccinated with Sinopharm BIBP and Sinovac will not be allowed to disembark in the Bahamas, however, they will be able to sail and remain onboard while in port.

    Bermuda Cruise Protocols

    Bermuda Travel Requirements

    Country Requirements

    • Bermuda requires that all guests take a COVID-19 PCR test within 96-hours prior to their sail date.
    • All guests must register on the Bermuda Tourism website and upload their negative test result within 72-hours of embarkation. The registration form can be found here. A travel authorization number will be issued by Bermuda once approved.
      • Guests can start the travel authorization process up to 1 week before their sailing. Guests may enter their personal data even prior to receiving the COVID-19 PCR test results. If you start the travel authorization process but don't have PCR test results yet, you will receive email reminders to complete the application. The upload of the PCR test results should occur at same time as the upload of proof of vaccination. Do not upload one without the other, as the application will be rejected.
      • 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
    • In addition to the COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival at the cruise terminal, every guest will have a PCR swab taken that will be sent to a lab separately and results processed in the following day as part of the Bermuda pre-arrival requirements.
    • All guests staying onboard for more than one voyage must take a COVID-19 PCR test, submit another travel authorization application and receive a new travel authorization number for the 2nd voyage. A PCR test will be conducted onboard through our medical center. Guests will also undergo the pre-embarkation COVID-19 testing process prior to the start of the 2nd voyage.
    Bermuda Travel Requirements

    Bermuda Testing & Approval Timeline

    • STEP 1 - Two Weeks Before Departure:
      Book an appointment for a PCR COVID-19 test for as early in the day as possible on the Wednesday prior to departure. A PCR rapid test will provide the quickest result.

    • STEP 2 - Day 1 - 96 Hours - Wednesday:
      Take your pre-booked PCR COVID-19 test early on this morning; ensure you take a PCR COVID-19 test.

    • STEP 3 - Day 2 - 72 Hours - Thursday:
      Complete the Travel Authorization (TA) application and upload your negative PCR COVID-19 result and vaccination card.

    • STEP 4 - Day 4 - 24 Hours - Saturday:
      Receive your rejected or approved TA. If rejected, this will jeopardize your cruise. Follow the instructions, which can be found in the email sent to you by the Government of Bermuda.

    • STEP 5 - Day 5 - Embarkation Day - Sunday:
      Must have approved TA to board the ship. On this day, we will administer two COVID-19 tests (an antigen test and a PCR nasopharyngeal test) at the same time in the terminal building before boarding the ship.

    Caribbean Cruise Protocols

    Caribbean Cruise Protocols

    Country Requirements

    • San Juan, Puerto Rico: Guests must show proof of vaccination to go ashore.
    • Colon, Panama: Guests must show proof of vaccination to go ashore.
    Caribbean Cruise Protocols

    Shore Excursions

    • Due to local government regulations, guests are required to take a Norwegian Cruise Line shore excursion while visiting the following ports as guests will not be allowed to explore on their own. Book your shore excursions through your MyNCL account.

      • Panama
      • St. Kitts
    • 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:

      1. Book a Norwegian Cruise Line shore excursion.
      2. Book a restricted or controlled freelance tour. This is the traditional Taxi Freelance Line.
      3. 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.

    Croatia Cruise Protocols

    Croatia Cruise Protocols

    Country Requirements

    At this time, the Croatian Government will only consider guests to be fully vaccinated if they received their vaccines less than 365 days prior to arriving in Croatia i.e. guests with a 2 dose vaccine, the 2nd dose must have been received less than 365 days prior to arrival in Croatia; guests with a 1 dose vaccine, the vaccine must have been received less than 365 days prior to arrival in Croatia. Guests who have had their 2nd dose of a 2 dose vaccine, or their 1 dose vaccine more than 365 days prior to arriving in Croatia will not be able to go ashore while in port.

    France Cruise Protocols

    France Cruise Protocols

    Country Requirements

    Guests must show proof of vaccination to go ashore.

    France Cruise Protocols

    Mask Requirements

    On Europe sailings only, the EU Healthy Gateways guidance requires all guests to wear masks while onboard while indoors except for when actively eating or drinking or when in their stateroom.

    • Guests will be required to wear masks outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
    • Guests will also be required to adhere to local regulations when visiting ports of call.

    Mediterranean & Greek Isles Cruise Protocols

    Mediterranean & Greek Isles Cruise Protocols

    Country Requirements

    • For guests embarking in Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy: The Italian government requires all travelers entering Italy to complete an EU Digital Passenger Location Form (dPLF) before entering the country.
      • For guests embarking or disembarking in Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy: Guests who have received the Sinovac vaccine will only be permitted to sail on cruises that embark or disembark in Civitavecchia (Rome) if they have not been to a “List E” country (as defined on the Italian government’s website) for at least 15 days prior to arriving in Italy.
      • For guests visiting Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy as a port of call: Guests who have received the Sinovac vaccine will only be permitted to go ashore in Civitavecchia (Rome) if they have not been to a “List E” country (as defined on the Italian government’s website) within 15 days of arrival in Civitavecchia (Rome).
    • For guests embarking in Barcelona, Spain: The Spanish government requires all travelers entering Spain to complete a Health Control Form before entering the country.
    • For guests embarking in Piraeus (Athens), Greece: The Greek government requires all travelers entering Greece to complete a Passenger Location Form (PLF) before entering the country. This must be completed no later than 11:59 p.m. the day before entering Greece and only one PLF should be submitted per family. After completing the PLF, travelers will receive a unique QR code.
    Mediterranean & Greek Isles Cruise Protocols

    Mask Requirements

    On Europe sailings only, the EU Healthy Gateways guidance requires all guests to wear masks while onboard while indoors except for when actively eating or drinking or when in their stateroom.

    • Guests will be required to wear masks outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
    • Guests will also be required to adhere to local regulations when visiting ports of call.
    Mediterranean & Greek Isles Cruise Protocols

    Shore Excursions

    Due to local government regulations, guests are required to take a Norwegian Cruise Line shore excursion while visiting ports in Italy as guests will not be allowed to explore on their own. Book your shore excursions through your MyNCL account.

    Mexico Cruise Protocols

    Mexico Cruise Protocols

    Mask Requirements

    Guests must bring a face mask and their proof of vaccine when going ashore.

    South America Cruise Protocols

    South America Travel Requirements

    Country Requirements

    • For guests that are boarding our ship immediately upon arrival in Argentina: At the time of check-in, guests will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result administered by a verified third party within three days prior to sail date.  As you are embarking the ship on Sunday, the test must be taken no earlier than Thursday. 
    • For guests that are staying in Argentina in a hotel prior to boarding our ship: At the time of check-in, guests will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test results administered by a verified third party within 2 days prior to sail date. As you are embarking the ship on Sunday, the test must be taken no earlier than Friday.

    Transatlantic Cruise Protocols

    Transatlantic Travel Requirements

    Country Requirements

    Vessels repositioning to the United States must undergo full guest COVID-19 testing prior to arrival. All guests sailing to the United States on a transatlantic voyage will receive a COVID-19 test while onboard. This test will be paid for by the Cruise Line.