Travel requirements

Before you set off on your trip, please familiarise yourself with the travel regulations and requirements in place for your destination. Please note it is your responsibility to identify and obtain all required documents.

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

Passport 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 (filled in by the passenger) and B (filled in by a doctor) need to be submitted and uploaded. The form requires secondary authentication where you will need a mobile phone to receive a verification code to complete the digital signature. Once you have filled in and signed Section A online, the form will then be emailed to you so it can be printed and taken to your doctor to be signed.

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.

All voyages sailing in the below ares (marked in red in the map) will require a medical screening form:

Click the link below to complete your form: 

The submitted forms are screened by our medical partner, Vikand. 

However, 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. 

Vaccinations and viruses

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

You may require vaccinations for your expedition. Please consult your doctor for information on the vaccines you need for your expedition.  

We also recommend seeking medical advice about yellow fever and Zika virus as it is a mandatory requirement for some areas in South and Central America as well as West Africa.  

You can find out more information for your destination via these links here:  

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. Please note this does not include travellers only visiting Antarctica.

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. 

Country-specific entry requirements

Local governments have specific entry requirements for inbound travellers, including health declaration forms, COVID-19 tests, vaccination certificates and health measures to adhere to when you arrive in the country where you will embark upon your voyage.

 

 

 

Important: The information in the map is accurate at the time of publishing and provided as guidance only. It's your responsibility to check entry and transit requirements. This tool does not cover the regional rules of your point of embarkation So you are advised to check that also. Remember that requirements can change rapidly, and mandatory documentation may need to be completed within a specific time before arrival.