Joining your Hurtigruten Expedition

What to know before boarding your Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise.

Embarkation requirements

Below you can find the key embarkation requirements for your cruise with Hurtigruten Expeditions. The embarkation screening process may vary per sailing due to different local regulations, updates in the latest scientific and medical advice, and the conditions at the time of sailing. Instructions from local health authorities and changes in legislation may also impact our procedures and how we handle specific cases. Before your departure date, we will do our best to inform you of the latest requirements for your voyage cruise if material changes are made before the sailing.

Vaccination for expedition cruises

Hurtigruten Expeditions will require proof of vaccination for COVID-19. This policy applies to all Hurtigruten Expeditions sailings with a departure date in 2022.

For all Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises in 2022, we require all guests (including children under the age of 18) to be 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 cruise.

Regulations and travel restrictions are constantly changing. Guests are responsible for ensuring that they are considered fully vaccinated by health authorities of each country visited during their sailing, regardless of whether they plan to disembark. 

Hurtigruten Expeditions reserves the right to deny embarkation to guests who do not fulfil the current regulations of each country on the sailing at the time of embarkation. 

Hurtigruten Expeditions will continue to monitor local requirements and the latest scientific and medical guidance for future expedition cruises.

Guests who are  unable to be vaccinated are encouraged to contact Hurtigruten Expeditions to discuss  rebooking options.   If your booking was made prior to the adoption of this policy on 1 July 2021, and you are unable to get vaccinated in time for your departure or provide the required proof, please contact Hurtigruten Expeditions to discuss your options for refund or rebooking to a future departure.

Travellers should seek health information and advice from a medical professional regarding vaccination.

This vaccine requirement does not apply to Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express voyages.

At check-in and embarkation

We have strict requirements during embarkation to reduce the risk of infection, including:

  • Health and temperature screening, including a signed health self-declaration form. You may be refused boarding if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are otherwise subject to isolation, quarantine or other such restrictions by authorities.

  • Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19. For all Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises in 2022, we require all guests (including children under the age of 18) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a WHO-approved vaccine. In addition, the vaccine and vaccine certificate must comply with the national and local regulations in the area of the cruise. Your vaccine certificate will be checked during embarkation.

The test requirements depend on where you are travelling from:

  • If you’re travelling from Dover, you must take a mandatory PCR test at the port before you are allowed to board the vessel. The cost of this test is 145 EUR, and you will be assigned a test time based on your check-in. The result will arrive within 90 minutes, and if negative, you will then be allowed to board. We will provide a waiting area and refreshments while you wait for your results. 

  • If you’re travelling from Hamburg, guests must either provide a negative rapid antigen test completed no more than 24 hours before they arrive at the embarkation terminal or have a booster vaccine. This requirement is due to government regulations. At the port, you are required to take a mandatory PCR test before you board the vessel. The cost of this test is 145 EUR, and you will be assigned a time based on your check-in. The result will arrive within 90 minutes, and if negative, you will then be allowed to board. We will provide a waiting area and refreshments while you  wait for your results.  

  • If you’re travelling from Chile to Antarctica, you must take a PCR test in the hotel booked via Hurtigruten in Santiago de Chile. The test is taken the day or evening before the chartered flight to Punta Arenas.

Guests who test positive cannot travel. If your results come back positive, we are, of course, happy to rebook you to a future sailing.

You may be required to submit certain forms during the embarkation. You will receive more information in the travel documents, which are sent to you 3-4 weeks before your expedition cruise.

Our standard forms are still required for each expedition cruise, such as a doctor’s approval for remote destinations including Antarctica, Northwest Passage, Northeast Greenland and transatlantic crossings.

The check-in processes have been modified to enable physical distancing and embarkation screening.  You will be assigned an embarkation time before your departure date to facilitate physical distancing during check-in. Floor markings are in place to help maintain physical distancing, and hand sanitizer is available. Guests, crew and check-in staff are required to wear face masks during the check-in process. Only medical-grade face masks or FFP2, KN95 or N95 face masks are allowed on board. We will not accept fabric, homemade, face shields or visors.

Denial of boarding – exclusion policy

During the embarkation process, you may be denied boarding if you do not fulfil the requirements in our procedures. We particularly draw attention to the following: 

  • Guests who do not comply with the vaccination policy will be denied to embark the vessel. 

  • Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be denied to embark the vessel. The same applies to guests who have been in close contact with an infected person.

  • Following a medical assessment, guests who experience new onset of the following symptoms may be denied embarking the vessels:  - Cough - Shortness of breath - Difficulty breathing - Fever or chills - Loss of taste or smell - Vomiting or Diarrhea

For sailings in Antarctica

  • Guests must travel on the Hurtigruten charter flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas. Guests who do not comply with this requirement may be denied to embark the ship in Punta Arenas.

For sailings from Hamburg:

  • From 10 January 2022, guests must either provide a negative rapid antigen test completed no more than 24 hours before they arrive at the embarkation terminal or have a booster vaccine.