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 Exploration Voyages ship manifest: All sailings with MS Fram, MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Nordstjernen, MS Spitsbergen and MS Midnatsol.
Note: The Personal Questionnaire is NOT needed for Norwegian coastline voyages (even for voyages 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.
Please download and send it back to Hurtigruten: Download Personal Questionnaire
A Medical Certificate needs to be submitted by all passengers joining our voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, the North-East side of Greenland, the Northwest-Passage, Russia and Trans-Atlantic Voyages (all voyages via the Atlantic Ocean), 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.
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 to Argentina and Uruguay. 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.
At time of publishing, yellow fever vaccination is required for the following :
MS ROALD AMUNDSEN:
On these voyages, a vaccine against yellow fever is required. 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 travellers to ensure that they know the requirements of the country to which they are travelling 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 travelling. 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/
*On the following voyages, a vaccine against yellow fever is recommended
Argentinian Reciprocity Fee
Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee when entering Argentina. Rates vary according to your nationality and your period of stay in Argentina (92$ Canada, 100$ Australia). These fees must be paid online prior to arrival. Cash payments will NOT be accepted at airports. 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 Immigration Control on arrival in Argentina. More information can be found at:
Chile Reciprocity Fee
Visa on arrival: Most nationalities can visit Chile without a visa for up to 90 days. More information can be found on the Chilean embassy websites: http://chile.gob.cl/chile/en/sobre-chile/informacion-turistica/condiciones-de-seguridad
Exception: Some nationalities, for example Australian and Mexican citizens, are required to pay a reciprocity fee when entering Chile (Chile Reciprocity Fee). Rates vary according to your nationality and your period of stay in Chile (117$ Australia, 23$ Mexico). These fees must be paid only in cash. For further information please see: http://www.nuevopudahuel.cl/faqs?language=en
US citizens planning a post program to visit Iguazu Falls need a mandatory Brazilian visa.
Starting 15 March 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 travellers 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 ca. 7 Canadian Dollars (subject to change) and the which needs to be granted before flying to Canada. We regret we are unable to 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, 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:
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.
For this we kindly ask you to fill out the template and send it back to us:
- Invitation Letter ENG (NOT READY - COMING SOON)
Please note that we recommend to apply for a double-entry visa.
When you have all documents in place you have to apply and pay for the visa on your own. We recommend to use the website http://www.vfsglobal.com.
In case you prefer to take contact with a Russian embassy in your country you can find contact details on this website http://www.russianembassy.net
The costs for the visa will be per person (estimation):
Nordic guests: NOK 950
DE, FR guests: EUR 100
US guests: USD 160
UK guests: GBP 150
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