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 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
Guest passports need to have a minimum of 6 months validity at the time of travel.
FOR GUESTS EMBARKING IN ABU DHABI: Effective from December 30, vaccinated people entering Abu Dhabi will need to show green status on the Al Hosn app : https://alhosnapp.ae/en/home/
U.A.E.: A COVID-19 test is required to fly to the U.A.E.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and European Union (EU) nationals and residents are no longer required to register online in the Ehteraz website before entering the country or flying to Qatar. It is however mandatory to to download the Ehteraz APP which is required for all guests on their cell phones. The Ehteraz APP will be activated when guests landed in Qatar via Mobile Data.
All non GCC and EU Guests going ashore must register in the Ehteraz website
Guests will receive pre– approval letter (this document must be downloaded before travel to Qatar in order to be able to get on the plane and to get out of the Doha Airport) through email which will be checked by the port authorities upon arrival. Guests will need to upload a copy of their passport and copy of their vaccine; if they are vaccinated with the conditionally approved vaccines, they will need to upload the anti-body test result. Registration can be done 72 hours before arrival. Guests will only be able to go ashore in Qatar if they are taking part in an organized MSC Shore Excursion.
MANDATORY Download of Ehteraz APP on their cell phones. Ehteraz APP will be activated when guests landed in Qatar via Mobile Data.
For Guests arriving in Qatar, as of 1st March 2022 fully vaccinated guests arriving Countries on the red list are required to obtain a Rapid Antigen Test within 24 hours of arrival. For more information click here.
For itineraries calling in Qatar
, to go ashore it will be possible only with an MSC organized excursion (to go ashore Guests will be required to show Vaccination Certificate + Cruise Card)
Guests who will disembark in Qatar are required to download the Ehteraz App. The app can be downloaded at any time but it can only be activated once Guests arrive in Doha (please find instructions below on how the app can be downloaded and activated). Guests going directly to the airport after disembarking the ship must have a valid 48hr PCR test or 24hr antigen test prior to arriving in Qatar for all flight destinations requiring it. For Guests with a post cruise stay in DOHA only a 48hr PCR test will be accepted.
Other requirements such as a COVID-19 test or 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 strongly recommended – for all new reservations from 1 July 2022 onwards - for all guests 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. If you have no insurance in place, please note that you might be exposed to additional costs that could not be covered by the Company.
The insurance should be in place to cover you and your family, from the confirmation of your booking until the end of the cruise, your cruise and flight or your Stay & Cruise package.