Entry requirements for your travel

Before you set off on the adventure of a lifetime, we highly recommend taking a few minutes to familiarise yourself with information regarding visas and mandatory travel documents. Please note: It is your responsibility to identify and obtain all required documents.

COVID-19 travel map

Use our interactive map to keep updated on what’s open for travel and get details on any potential entry requirements.

Please refer to this page for information on our COVID-19 procedures and requirements

Passport and VISA requirements

A valid passport is essential, as it is the only accepted identification document. The passport validity must be in accordance with national requirements in the country/countries you will visit. In addition, your passport must have a minimum of 6 months remaining validity at the end of your cruise. 

To comply with clearance requirements in some destinations, we collect guests’ passports during check-in. Please be assured that your passport is kept in a secure location throughout the expedition cruise.   

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 your responsibility to ensure that you comply with any mandatory visa or travel documentation that is required at the time of travel.  

Ship Manifest Information Form

A Ship Manifest Information Form is required for all of our Expedition Cruises. This includes all sailings on MS Fram, MS Roald Amundsen, MS Nordstjernen, MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Spitsbergen, MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Santa Cruz II. 

Please complete this form using CAPITAL letters and return it to us after confirming your booking. We must receive this form at least 8 weeks prior to your cruise departure. Please note that you will be denied boarding to our ship if we have not received this form. 

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

 

Medical Screening Form 

For certain remote destinations, including Antarctica, the Northwest Passage, Northeast Greenland and transatlantic crossings, all guests must submit a Medical Screening Form. The forms are screened by our medical partner, Vikand. However, you being allowed to embark does not constitute any medical advice from us as to the advisability or safety of you participating in an Expedition Cruise or any activities related to an Expedition Cruise. You must solely rely on the advice of your personal physician as to the advisability or safety of participating in an Expedition Cruise.  

The Medical Screening Form consists of two sections. Both sections A and B need to be submitted and uploaded. Section B is required to be signed by your doctor and can be signed digitally (doctor’s e-mail address, can be input before signing the form on your side). 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 and taken to your doctor to be signed. The form must be signed by your doctor within 12 weeks before departure.

The form also requires secondary authentication where you will need a mobile phone to receive a verification code to complete the digital signature. After completing the form, please upload it to Vikand’s portal between 4-8 weeks before your departure - there may be requirements to resubmit if required information is missing. 

Click the link below to complete your form: 

Vaccinations and viruses

For requirements related to COVID-19, please see here.

You may require other vaccines for your expedition. Please consult your doctor for information on the vaccines required for your expedition.  We also recommend seeking medical advice about yellow fever and Zika, should you travel to the regions mentioned below.  

Yellow fever 

Certain parts of South and Central America, along with our West African destinations, are located in what is classified as the “Yellow Fever endemic zones”. This means it is mandatory for all travellers above the age of 9 months to receive the yellow fever vaccination before travelling to these regions. 

The certificate for the yellow fever vaccination is only valid from 10 days after you 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 Expeditions cannot accept any liability. 

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 

Zika virus is also detected in Central and South America and Africa so we advise you to  talk to your doctor to understand the risks, especially if you are trying to get or are pregnant. 

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

Argentina

Information regarding entry requirements to Argentina can be found on this official government website:  https://cancilleria.gob.ar/en/services/visa/tourist-visa 

Only 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 visa to enter Chile. The Chilean government has made obtaining a visa easy and smooth, allowing you to apply online at 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. 

Travellers who are visa-exempt will be provided with a tourist card upon arrival in Chile, which will be in the form of a receipt with a barcode. 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 regions or countries: 

  • South America 
  • European Union and United Kingdom 
  • United States and Canada 
  • All countries that maintain diplomatic relations with Chile. 

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

Please be aware that Chile has strict protocols on items allowed into the country. We recommend visiting www.gob.cl to check what is allowed, in case you have any concerns.  

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

Canada

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

For more information on how to apply for an eTA, please check the following website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp. The fee is 7 Canadian Dollars (subject to change) and the eTA needs to be granted before flying to Canada. 

Galapagos

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

For our Galapagos expeditions, 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. 

It is also required that your passport information and the Ship Manifest Information Form is with us 45 days prior to the departure date.  

Health- and travel insurance is a mandatory requirement to visit the Galapagos Islands. 

Norway

EU and EEA citizens and citizens of countries with agreements with Norway can enter without a visa. To see if your country is exempt from applying for a visa, please visit this official website: https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/persons-who-do-not-need-a-visa-to-visit-norway-/  

Svalbard

We strongly advise taking a PCR or self-test (lateral flow/antigen) before travelling to Svalbard. This is to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 entering the remote archipelago. If you test positive, please contact us. 

Peru

Peru is an easy country to enter. You only need a copy of your passport. The only stipulation is that your passport has a validity of at least 6 months from the date you enter Peru. 

United Kingdom

You can check if you require a visa and/or other travel documents to enter the UK on the following official website: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y 

United States

Foreign travellers who visit the United States for short visits like a vacation need a visitor visa unless they qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program. All eligible international travellers 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 U.S. entry requirements keep evolving as national security regulations change. All travellers should double-check current visa and passport regulations before travelling to the U.S.. 

West Africa and Cape Verde

You will traverse several destinations whilst travelling to the West African archipelagos. Your flight will land in Dakar, the capital 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. 

Expeditions to West Africa

Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for all expeditions to West Africa. The following vaccinations are recommended: MMR, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria, cholera, pertussis, polio, varicella, meningitis, and malaria prophylaxis. Please speak to your doctor for further advice.