TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR MSC GRAND
VOYAGES & MSC WORLD CRUISE
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.
Last updated: 31st March 2023
MEASURES TO EMBARK
MEASURES TO EMBARK
All Guests ages 12 or older embarking are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
What do you mean by “fully vaccinated”?
Guests who have received at least two doses of vaccine - except in the case of a single dose Johnson & Johnson – with an approved World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine or alternatively one approved at the Country of final destination: in both cases, the certification must include a QR code.
All Guests must provide a vaccination certificate.
Starting 1st of April for all Grand Voyages (except those sailing from Brazil)
A negative RT-PCR or Antigen test within 48 hours prior to embarkation is highly recommended but not required
ONLY FOR GRAND VOYAGES SAILING FROM BRAZIL :
ALL GUESTS FROM 12 YEARS OLD MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED (they must provide a valid vaccination certificate); ALL GUESTS from 3 to 11 years old , if not fully vaccinated, MUST PROVIDE a negative RT-PCR or Antigen test within 24 hours prior to embarkation (as required by local authorities regulation)
All Crew members are required to be fully vaccinated and are regularly screened according to MSC Cruises Health & Safety protocol.
OTHER TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there might be international travel restrictions depending on your cruise destination and your country of residence.
The wearing of face masks is highly recommended. In certain circumstances this recommendation might be due to a mandatory requirement in accordance with applicable health authorities' regulations of a country or port of call visited. When ashore, guests must also follow any local regulations regarding face mask usage. These protocols are subject to change.
Other requirements such as a COVID-19 test a 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.
As during a cruise, you may be exposed to specific COVID-19 risks that may not be usually covered by existing insurance policies, to ensure your peace of mind is for all guests booking through the South African office to have in place an insurance policy that specifically covers them against COVID-19 related risks, such as cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance and related expenses, as well as hospitalization .
The insurance should be in place to cover you and your family, from the confirmation of your booking until the end of the cruise or your cruise and flight.
To fully protect you from the above risks, MSC offers a COVID Protection Plan - an insurance policy specifically designed for these COVID-19 risks - that can be added to the cruise whilst making the booking.
Alternatively, you may travel with another insurance policy covering the above risks.
GOING ASHORE & TRAVELLING BACK HOME
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. It is the responsibility of each Guest to ensure they are in compliance with any local regulations related to COVID-19 testing when returning to their final post cruise destination.