Travel documents & visas

It is the sole responsibility of the Guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents for the entire cruise vacation and have them available when necessary. Please check with your travel agent, government agency, Embassy or Consulate to ensure that you have all the proper documentation to board the ship and enter each of the countries on your cruise. Guests without proper traveling documentation will be denied boarding. Travel restrictions for each destination country may vary according to a Guest's citizenship. No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation.

 Please select your cruise destination to verify all the required documents -


WINTER 2023-2024


Further updates on the documents required for Northern Hemisphere Winter 2023-24 cruises will be published on the website soon, please visit our website to be always updated.


Please select your cruise destination to verify all the required documents

 

SUMMER 2024

VISITING QATAR IMPORTANT TRAVEL REQUIREMENT

Visitors travelling to Qatar may be required to have a visitor’s health insurance policy which will protect them during their stay in Qatar, as a part of the Visa application process.

 

For more information on how to obtain a visitor’s health insurance please visit Ministry of Public Health - "Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme" or the Visit Qatar Health Insurance page.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CRUISES CALLING IN THE UK

  • Please note Guests must present only valid passport with at least residual validity 3 months at their arrival in the UK.
  • EU ID Card is not accepted, even in case willing to remain on board during the call in the UK.
  • Please check before embarking on Northern Europe cruises any visa requirements for UK.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Starting from 15th November 2023, Qatar Nationals must apply for an UK ETA.
Starting from 22th Februrary 2024 also Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE and Jordan Nationals must apply for the UK ETA visiting the webstite: https://www.etauk.uk/

For all the other nationalities further information will be following

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CRUISES CALLING IN MALTA (FRENCH GUESTS)

As per Malta Authority decision, please do note that all French guests willing to embark on Cruises calling Malta also in transit embarking from any Schengen state with an expired Residence permit but having a covering receipt or with an expired French ID Card usually automatically renewed for 5 years, are not accepted as valid travel document and will not be authorized to disembark but they can remain onboard during the call.

SAUDI ARABIA TRANSIT E-VISA APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please click here for instructions on how to submit a request for the Transit e-visa by Sea.

 

Important:  the https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/ website is in Arabic, to access the English version please click on the letter E in the top left-hand corner. 

PASSENGERS BOARDING US CRUISES WHO HAVE VISITED CUBA SINCE 12th JANUARY 2021 SPECIFICATION

The USA Immigration has reiterated to all ESTA eligible passengers that, starting from the 7th of July 2023, those who have stayed in Cuba after January 12th, 2021 cannot travel to the United States simply through the Visa Free Travel Program (VWP) also know as ESTA. The mentioned VWP travel restriction also applies to individuals who have dual citizenship of a VWP country and Cuba at the time they apply for ESTA.

Passengers who have visited the island before 12th January 2021 are not affected by this measure.

Citizens of a Visa Waiver Program Country not notified about the issue, need to apply for a non-immigrant USA Visa well in advance: in case the cruise is imminent, guests can request an emergency visa appointment through https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-it/niv including in the request the date and purpose of the trip, as well as the information contained in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message received regarding the ESTA status.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PASSENGERS VISITING SOKHNA (EGYPT)

The Port of Sokhna serves as the gateway to Cairo. Please, note that as a commercial port, local regulations prohibit cruise guests from walking independently within the port premises. As no taxis are available within the port area, you will only be able to disembark if you purchase a shore excursion. MSC Cruises offers a wide range of excursions from Sokhna that will take you to Cairo and other exciting destinations in the area. You can book your excursions on our website to secure a seat in your favorite tour while saving up to 20%. In case you choose to book an excursion with a third-party operator, we kindly ask you to ensure that they have obtained the necessary permit from local authorities to access the port. Without this permit, they will not be able to enter the port premises.