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    What to Know Before Your Cruise

Required Travel Documentation and Information for Cruise Vacations

LAST UPDATED: October 22, 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.

Upon Arrival:At the Cruise Terminal

What to Know Before Your Cruise

Upon Arrival at the Cruise Terminal:

  • 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!
  • All guests are required to be fully vaccinated for all sailings embarking through and including 12.31.2021, 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.
  • Finally, guests must have all of the necessary documentation, such as proof of vaccination and passport, readily available to present to the check-in staff upon arrival.
    • For further information on required travel documentation, click here.

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: 1.800.327.7030
  • 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.

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.

France Cruise Protocols

France Cruise Protocols

Country Requirements

  • Due to local government regulations, guests who are non-European citizens must convert their proof of vaccination into a French Sanitary Pass.
    • Applicable guests must complete this process in advance of their sailing, and the pass is required in order to go ashore while in France.
    • Failure to obtain the French Sanitary Pass will result in the inability of guests to go ashore while in France.
    • To obtain the French Sanitary Pass, guests must meet the following criteria:
      • Guests must have received one of the following vaccines, with the second dose having been administered no less than two weeks prior to arriving in France: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca/Oxford (Vaxzevria & CoviShield).
      • Guests must have received the following vaccine no less than 4 weeks prior to arriving in France: J&J Janssen.
    • To obtain the French Sanitary Pass, please click here.
  • Non-European citizens who have received other vaccines will not be able to obtain a French Sanitary Pass but will be able to go ashore in France with proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test administered within 48 hours of arrival in France. Guests who require this test in order to go ashore in France will be able to use their results from the pre-cruise COVID-19 antigen test administered by Norwegian Cruise Line at embarkation.
  • Please note, the QR codes issued on the European COVID-19 vaccination certificates are accepted, and therefore guests who were vaccinated in the European Union do not need to obtain a French Sanitary Pass.
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.
France Cruise Protocols

Shore Excursions

Guests may go on shore excursions organized by Norwegian Cruise Line, regardless of French COVID pass status. Book your shore excursions through your MyNCL account.

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.
  • 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.