Passport and Visa requirements
A passport is the only valid identification. For some destinations your passport must be valid for more than six months after you return to your home country. At check-in on board passports will be collected on board the vessel, in order to clear immigrations and customs. They will be kept throughout the whole voyage. We regret that 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 the responsibility of each passenger to ensure they comply with any visa travel document requirements at the time of travel.
Personal Questionnaire is needed for all our Explorer Voyages ship manifest. This includes all sailing on MS Fram, MS Spitsbergen, MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Nordstjernen and MS Midnatsol. Note: The Personal Questionnaire is NOT needed for Norwegian Coastal Cruises (even for cruises with MS Midnatsol and MS Spitsbergen).
Please complete this form using CAPITAL letters and return it to Hurtigruten at your earliest convenience. This form must be received immediately by Hurtigruten at least 8 weeks prior to your voyage departure. Please note that we are unable to send your travel documents until we have received this completed form.
It is not necessary to print and sign the Personal Questionnaire before sending it back to us. Simply download the form below, fill it out digitally, and return to Hurtigruten by email at [email protected]
A Medical Certificate needs to be submitted by all passengers joining our voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, the Northeast coast of Greenland, the Northwest Passage, Russia, Trans-Atlantic Voyages (all voyages via the Atlantic Ocean),as well as Labrador and Newfoundland, due to the remoteness of these areas.
Please complete the attached forms. The Medical Certificate is to be completed and approved by your personal physician not more than 8 weeks before your departure date. The completed forms must be presented to the ship’s doctor upon boarding. Boarding will be denied if part III of the Medical Certificate is not approved by your personal physician. Even if the forms have been duly submitted and approved by your personal physician, the ship’s doctor and the captain reserve the right to deny the boarding of guests who do not seem to be sufficiently fit for travel.
Note: Pregnant guests can only join cruises through their 24th week of pregnancy.
Please download and bring it on board: Download Medical Certificate
Vaccinations and Viruses
Check with your General Practitioner regarding the recommended vaccinations for your travel South and Central America. You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, and rabies. US citizens taking part in our Iguazu Falls post extension tour will visit Brazil. Yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Brazil. Your GP can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you.
On some voyages vaccinations are required. All guests are responsible for ensuring they comply with any requirements at the time of travel. Please bring the vaccination certificate on your voyage as you will need this to enter certain countries. Check with your GP regarding the recommended vaccinations for travel to the destinations on your itinerary. You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Yellow Fever is a risk in certain parts of South and Central America.
We must inform you that guests arriving from yellow fever transmission countries like Ecuador, Columbia, Peru and Panama, need a mandatory Yellow Fever certificate when entering Costa Rica, Panama or Columbia for our voyages listed below:
At time of publishing, yellow fever vaccination is required or recommended for the following itineraries:
MS ROALD AMUNDSEN:
- Exploration of the Caribbean’s Keys, Coves and Reefs – Northbound (March 03, 2019) and Southbound (October 20, 2018)
- Andean Coast Expedition to Panama Canal – Northbound (March 19, 2019)
- From Ancient Inca Kingdoms to the Costa Rican Rainforest (March 22, 2019)
- Caribbean Sea – Discover Keys, Coves and Reefs (New York to Puerto Limon) (October 05, 2019)*
- Caribbean Sea – Discover Keys, Coves and Reefs (Miami to Puerto Limon) (October 08, 2019)*
- Andean Coast Expedition to Panama Canal – Southbound (November 04, 2018)*
- From the Costa Rican Rainforest to Ancient Inca Kingdoms (November 04, 2018)*
- Andean Coast – Expedition from Jungle to Desert (October 16, 2019)*
- Caribbean Sea Adventure (September 25, 2020)
*A vaccine against yellow fever is recommended on this voyage.
The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before departure. Please bring the vaccination certificate on your voyage as you will need this to enter certain countries. Country requirements are subject to change at any time. It is important for travelers to ensure that they know the requirements of the country to which they are traveling by checking with the relevant consulate or embassy.
Zika virus is detected in South and Central America. Pregnant women or women that is trying to become pregnant should therefore consult with their doctor before traveling. For more information on travel health advice and destination information, please visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx and https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/
A traveler who has a specific contraindication to yellow fever vaccine and who cannot avoid travel to a country requiring vaccination should request a waiver from a physician before embarking on travel. Travelers who arrive in a country that has a yellow fever vaccination entry requirement without proof of yellow fever vaccination or a medical waiver may be quarantined for up to 6 days, refused entry, or vaccinated on site. Our ships do not require a vaccination, but the port authority can check this. There is no guarantee that the authority will accept the letter of contraindication, but normally they do.
Visas & Reciprocity Fees
Argentinian Reciprocity Fee
Rates vary depending on your nationality and period of stay in Argentina. Payment must be made online before departing for Argentina. For US citizens, no fee applies when staying less than 90 days in AR (subject to changes). For payment and further information please see: http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/templates/reciprocidad/reciprocidad.htm.
The payment receipt must be printed and presented at the Immigration Control on arrival in Argentina. More information can be found on the Argentinean embassy website.
From January 21, 2018 Canadian Citizens are not required to pay reciprocity fee when entering Argentina. For more information visit http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/argentina-argentine/consular_services_consulaires/visa.aspx?lang=eng
Visas are required for citizens of Australia, Canada and the USA. The cost of the tourist visa may vary according to the nationality and may, in some cases, be based on reciprocity.
More information about the requirements and how to apply can be found here: http://www.vfsglobal.com/Brazil-eVisa/
Chile Reciprocity Fee
Citizens of Canada and America are no longer required to pay a reciprocity fee. For all other nationalities, please visit: https://chile.travel/en/practical-information#entering-chile
Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. However, when arriving by ship it is not be necessary for certain nationalities to obtain an eTA. The following link provides you with further information regarding eTA: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp
Please check the website http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp for more information and how you to apply for an eTA. The fee is approx. $7 Canadian Dollars (subject to change) and needs to be granted before flying to Canada. We do not accept any liability if you are denied access to a flight, the ship, or entry into Canada, or are otherwise affected by difficulties or costs resulting from your passport not being approved, and/or if you have not obtained the required eTA, visa, or other documentation.
Foreign travelers to the United States for short visits, for example tourism, vacation, visiting family and friends, or medical treatment, need visitor visas unless they qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program. All eligible international travelers 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 US entry requirements keep evolving as national security regulations change. All travelers should double-check current visa and passport regulations before travelling to the USA.
For our sailings with MS Spitsbergen to Russia a visa per passenger is required.
Norway, Murmansk, Franz Josef Land - Sailing North of 80° to the Russian Arctic
08.29.2019 Booking Code: CENSPRUS1912
09.12.2019 Booking Code: CENSPRUS1913
Franz Josef Land - Sailing North of 80° to the Russian Arctic
09.12.2020 Booking Code: SBRUS2017
09.26.2020 Booking Code: SBRUS2018
For the application, you need a health insurance (incl. a visit to Russia) and a passport with validation minimum six months after the departure from Russia. You will receive the additionally necessary document (letter of invitation) for the application in good time prior to departure from us.
In order to receive your letter of invitation, you must complete the following form and return it to us as soon as possible.
Download Form here.
For these voyages a double entry visa for Russia is necessary.
US and Canadian citizens traveling to Russia must obtain a tourist visa. The visa processing fee is $144 for double entry, plus additional processing and postage fees. We recommend that you obtain a tourist visa through the Russian Visa Center. Please allow at least 6 full weeks prior to your travel date for your visa to be processed.
Please allocate enough time between booking of the voyage and requesting the letter of invitation as some embassies require the original invitation letter and not a scanned version. In this case the letter needs to be sent by mail which takes approximately 5-6 weeks.
We require your Russian Visa copy to be sent back to us latest one month before voyage. Please consult with your travel agency or our customer sales department for additional information.
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