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Practical Information for The Coastal Express Voyages

Thank you for choosing to travel with The Coastal Express! Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required formalities and to review your travel documents.

If you are joining an expedition cruise to Norway on board  MS Otto Sverdrup or MS Maud, please click here

Entry requirements

Formalities

All guests checking in at The Coastal Express terminal or onboard our ships have to present a valid passport. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. Please keep your passport on hand while boarding. Boarding will be denied if your passport is not presented at check-in. This applies to all guests.

Your specific passport and visa requirements, as well as any other immigration requirements, are your own responsibility and you must clarify this with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. We do not accept any responsibility in situations where you cannot travel because you do not meet the latest requirements. If you have made independent travel arrangements, you are responsible for boarding the ship in good time, regardless of any changes to the sailing times and dates or travel routes. We cannot refund monies paid to us or a third party that acts on our or your behalf or give compensation or make any payments when you, regardless of the reason, do not board the ship. Customers that disembark are responsible for boarding the ship again before departure from the port.

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For the most up-to-date guidance on travel to Norway, and the latest colour-coded map for quarantine requirements, it’s essential to check the Norwegian Institute for Public Health website

Safer together

Whenever you sail aboard the Norwegian Coastal Express, whether for 12 days or a few hours, your safety is our highest priority. A range of measures is in place, designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious respiratory diseases. We’ll constantly update these practices based on the latest guidelines from the Norwegian health authorities.

You can read about the health and sanitary measures of our airline partners on their dedicated web pages.

Self-declaration form

This form will be sent to you 24 hours before the ship's departure. If you are not able to fill in the digital form, you will be given a self-declaration form at check-in.

You can also use the below link to fill out your self-declaration form. To make sure all details are up to date, the form must not be completed any earlier than 24 hours before departure.

Practical information

There are more than 70 activities to bring you even closer to coastal Norway. Try a range of seasonal experiences both at sea and on shore with our optional excursions:

Not sure what to pack for your trip? We have drawn up a packing list for you, suitable for all seasons along the Norwegian coast.

Information about scheduled sailings and adjustments to the sailing plan can be found here:

Any other questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Your travel documents

You should have received these documents from us:

  • Itinerary (for your information only)
  • Transfer vouchers (Tide Buss, if transfers have been booked)
  • Norway/Sognefjord in a Nutshell tickets (if booked)
  • Pre/Post program information (if booked)

You can also download:

At The Coastal Express, we are committed to sustainable travel and always seek to minimize the negative impact of our operation. Therefore, we also distribute our travel documents digitally. We are in close dialogue with our partners about this, but for now, the following services still require printed documents for travel:

  • Vy (Norway Rail)
  • Transfers in Bergen, Oslo, Kirkenes, Tromsø and Trondheim
  • Norway in a Nutshell excursion

For all other services booked with The Coastal Express, no printed confirmation is required. You will need to present a valid passport only. You do not require vouchers as proof of purchase for any hotels, shore excursions or cruises you have booked with The Coastal Express.

If you have booked flights with us, you do not need paper tickets. Your boarding passes will be issued at the airport upon check-in. Please refer to the Arrival-Departure Information guide for more information.

Please read all documents carefully and contact your travel agent, tour operator or The Coastal Express (if you have booked directly with us), if you have any queries. We look forward to welcoming you onboard the world’s most beautiful voyage!

Please note, Terms & Conditions are based on the date of booking. Please read our current full Terms & Conditions here (if booked post-March 15, 2018). To view Terms & Conditions directly related to your booking, please contact us.