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.
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 (for MSC Lirica also vaccines Sinovac, Sinopharm, Sputnik V are accepted). 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, with the exception of Guests ages 12-17.
Starting from 14th of May, a booster dose is not mandatory for guests between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. Guests ages 12-17 are considered fully vaccinated if they have completed the primary vaccination cycle - 2 DOSES OF VACCINE (in accordance with local regulations).
Guests who have received the full set of vaccines and have either received a booster shot or recovered from Covid-19 are considered fully vaccinated and their certificate is considered valid without an expiration date.
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 or 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.
Additional Travel Requirements for Israel
Information for Guests embarking in Haifa (Israel)
An entry statement must be filled out by all Guests within 48 hours before ship’s departure. The declaration should be filled as an exit statement before departing https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/.
Information for Guests in transit in Israel
All Guests must complete and an entry statement before departing Kusadasi https://corona.health.gov.il/en/flights/
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.