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.
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.
The below requirements are valid for current and following sailings (health and safety measures are subject to change and will adapt according to the evolution of the pandemic).
Please note that all Guests over 12 years old will need to follow one of these requirements to be allowed on board:
- Be fully vaccinated AND provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours before embarkation. Guests must bring the valid negative test certificate with them to the terminal. If you embark on your cruise at 15:00 on a Saturday, you should take your COVID-19 test on the Thursday as of 15:00.
- Have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months and have a verification certificate or QR Code confirming as such AND provide a certificate of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours before embarkation. Guests will need to show an EU Digital Covid Certificate or equivalent valid documentation. If you embark on your cruise at 15:00 on a Saturday, you should take your COVID-19 test on the Thursday as of 15:00.
Note: MSC Opera: Guests over 18 who have boarded MSC Opera with a COVID-19 recovery certificate and negative test, will need to repeat a Covid test free of charge in the terminal at La Goulette before going ashore in Tunisia. MSC Armonia and MSC Lirica: All guests embarking in Piraeus (Athens) will be required to take a Covid test at the terminal.
Guests 2-11 years of age must present a RT-PCR or antigen test within 48 hours before embarkation. Guests must bring the valid negative test certificate with them to the terminal. There are no testing or vaccination requirements for guests under 2 years of age.
Guests are considered fully vaccinated if:
Within the last 9 months and 14 or more days prior to departure they have completed two set of vaccines in accordance with local regulations including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax. A “mix-and-match” combination of the above list of vaccines is also accepted. If more than 9 months (270 days) have passed since receiving the two set of vaccine shots, a booster vaccine will be required to embark. If the booster was done before expiration of the second vacccine (therefore within nine months) it is not necessary to respect the 14 days waiting period before boarding. However, if the booster is taken after nine months from the second dose, it is necessary to have had the booster at least 14 days before the departure date. Guests who received a booster vaccine are exempted from the 9 months restriction. Fully vaccinated Guests who have recovered from Covid-19 are also exempted from the 9 months restriction.
Vaccination certificates must be valid for the duration of the entire cruise. Guests who recovered from Covid-19 and received only one shot of the vaccine are considered as fully vaccinated, as long they have got their vaccine shot and have recovered from Covid-19 within the last 6 months and have a verification certificate or QR Code confirming as such.
Please note: 2 doses of a non European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved vaccine plus an European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved booster (including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax) will be accepted for embarkation only if the booster shot was given within 6 months of receiving the second vaccine shot and administered at least 28 days after receiving the second vaccine shot.
To note: Antigen self-test is not accepted for Embarkation
The original test results certificate or vaccination or recovery 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.