Before booking your cruise, please check HERE if you are allowed to embark according to your country of residence. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there might be international travel restrictions depending on your cruise destination and your country of residence.
A COVID-19 test or Passenger locator form (PLF) may still be necessary for national or international mobility requirement: it’s every guest’s responsibility to verify this requirement before departure. For more information, it is recommended to check your country’s competent authorities official channels.
Visas are required for the Saudi Arabia and Red Sea cruises. In details:
- Guests who purchase our fly & cruise package have a visa for Saudi Arabia valued at €30 per person included in the overall cost. Important update: the e-visa cannot currently be sent by mail (due to technical issues independent from MSC Cruises). As a consequence, each Guest must apply for its own VISA. The additional VISA amount (USD 130) will be fully reimbursed with a refundable onboard credit during the cruise on MSC Bellissima. For any assistance with the online VISA application, Guests can contact MSC Cruises Contact Center.
- For guests who opt to buy a cruise only they are responsible to obtain their visa and should check with their airlines for more information. All guests from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries are exempted of this requirement. Visa to visit Jordan on one of our shore excursions will be included in the guest’s holiday package, whether it be fly & cruise or cruise only.
- Guests’ passports need to have a minimum of 6 months validity at the time of travel.
All Guests over 12 years old must register their vaccination data online at most 72 hours before arrival to Saudi Arabia.
All guests over 12 years old must download and register in the Tawakkalna App (COVID-19 KSA), the official Saudi Contact Tracing app. Geolocalization (with data) must be kept activated at all times when ashore in Saudi Arabia.
To ensure peace of mind, MSC Cruises requires all guests to have a specific and mandatory Covid-19 insurance policy to embark, covering against COVID-19 related risks, i.e cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance and related expenses, as well as hospitalization. Before finalizing a reservation, it is possible to add to the cruise the MSC COVID-19 Protection plan for Winter 21/22 cruises on this website. A proof of the specific COVID-19 coverage insurance policy - which must be in one of the following languages English, Italian, German, French or Spanish - must be presented at embarkation or boarding will be denied.