Entry requirements for your travel

Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the required travel documents you will be asked to provide prior to boarding the ship. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary.

Passport and VISA requirements

A passport is the only valid identification. For some destinations your passport must be valid for more than six months after you return to your home country. At check-in on board passports will be collected on board the vessel, in order to clear immigrations and customs. They will be kept throughout the whole voyage. We regret that we are unable to accept any liability if you are denied access to a flight or entry into a country or are otherwise affected by difficulties or costs resulting from your passport not being approved or if you have not obtained the required documentation. It is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure they comply with any visa travel document requirements at the time of travel. 

Ship Manifest Information Form

A Ship Manifest Information Form is needed for all our Expedition Cruises. This includes all sailings on: MS Fram, MS Roald Amundsen, MS Nordstjernen, MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Spitsbergen, MS Maud, MS Trollfjord and MS Otto Sverdrup.

Please complete this form using CAPITAL letters and return it to Hurtigruten Expeditions after confirming your booking. This form must be received immediately by Hurtigruten Expeditions at least 8 weeks prior to your cruise departure. Please note that we are unable to send your travel documents and we deny boarding our ships until we have received this completed form.

You can complete the Ship Manifest Information Form by clicking the link below and downloading it to your device. Then you can simply send the form to us by using the email address located at the bottom of the form.

 

Medical Screening Form 

When travelling to some of our more remote destinations, we have a duty of care to our guests and crew. Part of this care is to ensure you are declared fit and able to visit these destinations which are Antarctica, the Northwest Passage, Northeast Greenland, and ocean crossings.

Hurtigruten is obliged to medically screen you in advance of these sailings. We use a partner who specialises in this type of service called Vikand, who are a leading expert in global medical solutions for the maritime industry.

To start this process, you will need to download the form provided in the link below and upload it to the Vikand portal. The link to the portal is on the form itself. This form will need to be signed by you and your doctor and can be signed digitally (doctor’s e-mail address needs to be input before signing the form on your side). The form also requires secondary authentication where you will need a mobile phone to receive a verification code to complete the digital signature.

If your doctor does not wish to use the digital tool, you can select the “Analog Signature” option before signing the form. The form will then be emailed to you so it can be printed out and you can take it to your doctor to be signed.

Please note that the form needs to be uploaded to Vikand’s portal between 4-8 weeks before your departure. We are unable to send you your travel documents until we have received the completed forms.

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What we do on board to sail safer together

Vaccinations and viruses

For all Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises in 2022, we require that all guests are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a WHO-approved vaccine. In addition the vaccine and vaccine certificate must comply with the local regulations in the area of the voyage.

There are other routine vaccines you may require but check with your Doctor to see which you may need, and two that we recommend you seek medical advice about are listed below.

Yellow Fever

Certain parts of South and Central America, along with our West African destinations are in what is classified as the “Yellow Fever endemic zones”. This means for those who wish to travel to these destinations it is mandatory that ALL travellers above the age of 9 months, receive the Yellow Fever vaccination.

The certificate for the Yellow fever vaccination is only valid from 10 days after you have received the vaccination. If you have not had the vaccine in time you may be denied entry to these areas or instructed to quarantine for up to 6 days. If such a situation occurs Hurtigruten cannot accept any liability in such situations.

If you need a vaccination certificate for the country, you are visiting but you are not able to have the vaccine due to medical reasons, contact a yellow fever vaccination centre or your Doctor. They may provide you with an exemption certificate, which may be accepted by officials in countries that usually require a vaccination certificate.

Zika virus.

Like Yellow fever Zika is also detected in the Americas and Africa so we advise you also engage your Doctor to understand the risks, especially if you are trying to get or you are pregnant.

There are useful links where you can check information on like http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx and https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/

There are other routine vaccines you may require but check with your Doctor to see which you may need.

Argentina

More information about Entry Requirements to Argentina can be found on the Argentinean embassy website.

Only the information given by the consulate of the country you are planning to visit is up-to-date, official and correct.

Chile

Unless you are a visa-exempt national, you will need a Chile Visa to travel to Chile. The Chilean government has made the process of obtaining a Chile visa easy and smooth, allowing you to apply online from your home at www.tramites.minrel.gov.cl.

If you are not a visa-exempt national, you must apply for your visa at least 30 days before you intend to travel. If you miss this deadline the Chilean government will not process your application.

For travellers who are visa-exempt you will be provided with a tourist card on your arrival to Chile which will be in  the form of a receipt with a bar-code. You must always keep this with you, and you will be asked to return it when you leave the country. If you lose your card for any reason you must contact the local Policia Internacional as soon as possible.

Travellers that are visa exempt are citizens of the following areas:

  • South America
  • European Union and United Kingdom
  • United States and Canada
  • Australia and New Zealand.
  • All Countries that maintain diplomatic relations with Chile.

Please note your passport must be valid for 6 months after the end of your visit and have at 2 blank pages in the passport

Please be aware that Chile has strict protocols on items allowed in to the country, we recommend you visit www.gob.cl to check what is allowed in case you have any concerns. If you are stopped with any illegal products they will be confiscated, and you will be fined.

You will be asked to complete a declaration form before you arrive in Chile and this is usually provided onboard your flight. You can also download the form here .

Canada

Starting 15 March 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. However, when arriving by ship it is not be necessary for certain nationalities to obtain an eTA. The following link provides you with further information regarding eTA: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp 

Please check the website http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp for more information and how you to apply for an eTA. The fee is ca. 7 Canadian Dollars (subject to change) and the which needs to be granted before flying to Canada. We regret we are unable to accept any liability if you are denied access to a flight, the ship, or entry into Canada, or are otherwise affected by difficulties or costs resulting from your passport not being approved, or if you have not obtained the required eTA, visa, or other documentation.

Galapagos

To travel to the Galapagos, you will first need to enter Ecuador where you will receive an “Ecuadorian tourist visa.” Stamp in your passport, you cannot visit the Islands without this stamp . 

Your passport must have a validity of no less than six months of your date of entry into Ecuador. You will be declined entry to the country if it is less. 

Health and travel insurance is a mandatory requirement to visit the islands.   

Peru

Peru is an easy country to enter, you will only need a copy of your passport and the only stipulation is that your passport has a validity of 6 months from the date you enter Peru.

Russia

A Russian visa is required for nationals of most countries. However, Russia has established a visa free regime with several European, Asian and South American countries. To check whether the visa free regime is applicable in your case, we recommend that you contact the closest Russian consulate. You can find your closest by accessing the link (https://www.russianembassy.net/) 

To obtain a Russian visa, you first need to obtain an invitation (Visa Support) issued by an authorised organisation. We work with a partner and will assist you in this matter. Once this invitation is processed and received you will then be able to apply for your visa via your local consulate.  

To apply for an invitation letter, you will need to provide us with: 

  • A scanned copy of the photo page of your passport. 
  • The passport must be valid for 6 months after your voyage has ended.  

Once these are received, they are sent to our partner who will create the invitation for you to enter Russia. Once you receive the invitation you will be able to apply for your visa via the consulate. To do this you will need the following. 

  • Invitation letter. 
  • Completed application form which you can do on-line and will require the below info. 
  • Travel Itinerary. (Russia will require your full journey details) 
  • National identification number. 
  • You will find the other information they require in their application process.  
  • A passport sized photograph.
  • Credit card. 

Once you have completed the form you will then be required to attend an interview where you will be issued a visa to travel. The visa is called a Single Entry -  This will be the most common type that you will need to enter Russian Territory. 

Be aware that when travelling to Russia you will need to have at least 2 completely blank unused pages in your passport. 1 for the stamp when entering Russia and 2 for when leaving.  

Once you have received your visa, we will need a copy of the visa no later than 20 days before you travel. 

If you have any concerns and or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will support you in your applications.

United States

Foreign travelers to the United States for short visits, for example tourism, vacation, visiting family and friends, or medical treatment, need visitor visas unless they qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program. All eligible international travelers who wish to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/). For more information see The US State Department (www.travel.state.gov/ ). Be aware that US entry requirements keep evolving as national security regulations change. All travelers should double-check current visa and passport regulations before travelling to the USA.

West Africa and Cape Verde

You will traverse several destinations whilst travelling to the West African Archipelagos. Your flight will land in Dakar the capitol city of Senegal, but you do not need a visa to enter the country. You will, however, enter the territories of Gambia and Guinea-Bissau and for these areas you will need a visa.

You will be issued your visa for these territories when you enter their territorial waters during your journey whilst on board the ship, so you can enjoy your cruise worry free.