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

For all Hurtigruten Expeditions Cruises, we require all guests aged 5 years and over to have completed their primary vaccination series  against COVID-19 with  WHO-approved vaccines. You are considered to have completed your primary vaccination series 14 days after receiving the final dose of a WHO-approved vaccine. Please note: A primary vaccination series refers to the initial number of doses required. For example, the primary series of Moderna or Pfizer consists of two doses. 

The vaccine and vaccine certificate must comply with the local regulations in the area of the cruise.  

Regulations and travel restrictions are constantly changing. You’re responsible for ensuring that you’re considered fully vaccinated by health authorities of each country visited during the sailing, regardless of whether you 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 scientific and medical guidance for future expedition cruises.    

If you’re unable to be vaccinated, please contact us to discuss rebooking options.  If your booking was made prior to the adoption of this policy on 9 August, 2022 for 2023 departures, and you are unable to get vaccinated in time for your departure or provide the required proof, please contact us to discuss your options for refund or rebooking to a future departure.   

You 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  Our check-in process have been modified. Embarkation information will be located in your travel documents.

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

  • Health, 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.    

Show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (see above). 

Test requirements may depend on where you are travelling from.

You cannot travel if you test positive or inconclusive. If your result comes back positive, we are, of course, happy to rebook you to a future sailing.     

To show proof of recovery from COVID-19, guests must present a certificate of a positive PCR or lateral flow/antigen test dated no less than 10 days and no more than 90 days before embarkation. Such guests will then be exempt from the testing mentioned above. Please note: We require all guests to comply with our vaccination policy, even if they have recovered from COVID-19.  

You may be required to submit certain forms during the embarkation. You’ll 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.   

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.