It’s every guest’s responsibility to verify the travel requirements before the cruise departure. MSC Cruises has worked with the authorities in all of the regions and countries in which the ships operate to ensure its protocol meets and exceed the required health and safety measures. The below details are subject to change.
The below requirements are valid for cruises starting from 1st October 2022.
All Guests embarking are strongly encouraged, but not required, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
All Saudi Arabian passport holders (ages 12 or older) must be fully vaccinated according to local COVID-19 regulations.
When a Guest is considered "fully vaccinated"?
- Guests who have received at least two doses of vaccine - except in the case of a single dose Johsnon & Johnson - including those not conisdered up-to-date by EMA standards.
- Guests who have recovered from Covid-19 with one shot of vaccine are considered fully vaccinated (they must provide a QR code or alternatively a validating documentation).
For vaccinated Guests it’s not required (but strongly recommended) to present a negative test.
Unvaccinated guests, guests without a vaccine certificate, or guests who have recovered from COVID-19, ages 5 and older are required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or Antigen test taken 48 hours prior to embarkation.
Tests must be laboratory certified. A rapid antigen self-test is not valid for travel purposes.
All guests are recommended to travel with their COVID-19 vaccination status and test results. While the vaccination is not required for boarding it could be requested in various ports of call and at local attractions.
The original test results certificate and vaccination certificate must be presented at the terminal (paper or electronic format) and must be in one of the following languages: English, Italian, German, French or Spanish. The COVID 19 test certificate must contain: guest’s personal data (verifiable with the other travel documents), date of the test, identification / contact details of the centre that performed the analysis, technique used and negative test result.
All Crew members are required to be fully vaccinated and regularly weekly tested according to MSC Cruises Health & Safety protocol.
For more information visit our FAQ section.
Please click here to check the requirements for MSC Grand Voyages cruises.
Last updated: 7th October 2022