Travel requirements

Given the overall scenario, we are in constant communication with governments and health authorities to ensure that the most up-to-date measures are applied to our planned activities, in accordance with the applicable law in all ports we will visit. Our priority is to offer a safe and memorable cruise experience to all our Guests.

The following measures may be subject to change. We suggest that you always consult the local authorities through their respective official websites.
Find out the requirements necessary to embark in the following countries:

Embarking in Italy

Guests travelling from the United States or Canada or one of the high-risk areas
For all those who have stayed or passed through Canada and the United States, in the 14 days prior to entering Italy, it is mandatory:
• Vaccination Certificate: Guest must present at the time of entry into Italy, in paper or digital form, issued by the competent health authority of the country of origin a vaccination certificate confirming the fact that guest has completed the prescribed anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination for at least 14 days.
• Certificate of recovery: Can also be presented, must be valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive test.
• Negative Test results: In addition, it is also necessary to present the negative result of a molecular or antigenic test carried out in the 72 hours before entering Italy. Children under the age of 6 are exempted from taking the pre-departure test
• Passenger Locator Form: Completion of the Passenger Locator Form - Digital localization form - before entering Italy. This is located on MyCosta.com and may be completed during web check-in.

This means that now it is also mandatory for guests arriving from US and Canada to show a negative COVID test done not later than 72 hours before entering in Italy. We remind you that vaccinations accepted in Italy are Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca), Jansen - Johnson & Johnson.
Once at the Terminal, we will carry out a quick sanitation test on all guests before boarding

Forms needed
Costa Crociere reminds you that anyone entering Italy as from 24 May 2021, for any length of time, from foreign countries or overseas (excluding San Marino and the Vatican City), on board any means of transport, must complete the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy, by logging into https://app.euplf.eu/#/ website (choose “Italy” as the destination country). You will receive to your email address the PLF in a PDF as well as a QR code. Show your QR code from your smartphone to immigration authorities to enter Italy or at embarkation; alternately you can print a copy of your PLF.

Attention: the guest is required to complete the PLF and is responsible for verifying the necessary conditions for entry into Italy from the country of origin.

Note: excursions

Current legislation only allows shore excursions organized with Costa Cruises for all guests, regardless of the country of origin.

Embarking in Spain and France

1. Access the website https://www.spth.gob.es/
2. Select how you are entering Spain.
3. Click on Individual or Family/Group New Form.
4. To create your FCS form, fill out all fields and click Send.
5. You will shortly recieve an email with a security code and a link to the form associated with your trip and obtain your QR code.
Make sure to fill out this form and sign it before travelling to Spain. Remember that after signing the form you will receive a QR Code associated with your trip that you must carry with you on your mobile phone or printed on paper to pass sanitary control upon arrival. This form is also needed if you are arriving in transit from any other country and that each form is associated with a single journey.

Once at the Terminal, we will carry out a rapid antigen test on all guests before boarding.

Note: excursions

Current legislation only allows shore excursions organized with Costa Cruises for all guests, regardless of the country of origin.

Embarking in the Carribean

To be able to embark on a cruise to the Caribbean the following required:
• Valid passport (valid at least 6 months after the cruise)
• Original or complete digital vaccination certificate proving the conclusion of the entire vaccination cycle. (The QR Code alone will not entitle the guest to board)
• Having taken out Covid Insurance before departure
• Travel insurance that covers Covid
• a negative PCR molecular test carried out within 72 hours before the start of the trip.
• a negative antigen test carried out within 24 hours prior to boarding.
Guests under the age of 12 are not allowed to board as they are not eligible for vaccination.

Excursions:
Guests will be able to go ashore independently if the situation of the countries included in the itinerary allows it.

Guests under 12
Any guest aged 12 years and older who will not provide a valid vaccination certificate and the above PCR and antigen tests will not be allowed to embark.
To learn more, read the answers to the most frequently asked questions about health requirements to embarking to the Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates.

To enter or exit the Dominican territory, it is mandatory to complete the form accessible from this link: https://eticket.migracion.gob.do/ to generate the QR code that you will have to present on your arrival at the airport in Dominican Republican. Complete this form before you go and print it out if you are unable to present it on your phone. This process is completely free.

Transatlantic Cruises
For cruises that embark in European ports with destinations to the Caribbean, you must present the following for each passenger to embark including the requirements for the countries already mentioned above (Italy, Spain, France):
• Valid passport (valid at least 6 months after the last day of the cruise)
• Original or complete digital vaccination certificate proving the conclusion of the entire vaccination cycle.
(The QR Code alone will not entitle the guest to board)
• Travel insurance that covers Covid
• Proof of a negative molecular PCR test taken within the 72 hours before embarking

Note: excursions


In the Caribbean, passengers can go ashore independently with the exception of Saint Vincent/Grenadines (Kingstown) that only allow Costa Shore excursions. Passengers are allowed ashore after taking a rapid test with a negative result (free of charge the day before arrival). Depending on the current situation and the respective authorities of the countries included in the itinerary, these conditions can be changed.

For more information please see the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Embarking in the United Arab Emirates

To be able to embark on a cruise to the United Arab Emirates the following is required:
• Valid passport (valid at least 6 months after the cruise)
• Original or complete digital vaccination certificate proving the conclusion of the entire vaccination cycle. (The QR Code alone will not entitle the guest to board)
• Having taken out Covid Insurance before departure
• PCR molecular test with negative printed result (paper version) to be carried out 48 hours before the flight or boarding the cruise in case of pre-cruise stay. Guests from a certain list of countries will be asked to have different requirements for entry into Dubai and an antigen test will be performed on boarding the ship. Check the list of countries with all the details at this link: https://u.ae/en/information-and-services/justice-safety-and-the-law/handling-the-covid-19-outbreak/travelling -amid-covid-19 / traveling-to-the-uae.

Guests under 12:
For each cruise there is a threshold of passengers under the age of 12 who will be allowed to book, once this booking threshold is exceeded, it will not be possible to accept further passengers under the age of 12.

Cruises from Europe to the United Arab Emirates
For cruises that embark in European ports with destinations to the UAE, you must present the following for each passenger to embark including the requirements for the countries already mentioned above (Italy, Spain, France):
• Valid passport (valid at least 6 months after the last day of the cruise)
• Original or complete digital vaccination certificate proving the conclusion of the entire vaccination cycle.
(The QR Code alone will not entitle the guest to board)
• Travel insurance that covers Covid
• Proof of a negative molecular PCR test taken within the 72 hours before embarking for all passengers above the age of 2.

Note: excursions

• Fully vaccinated guests will be able to go ashore independently in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Minors aged 11 or younger and accompanying adults must choose an excursion organized by the Company.
• Guests will be able to go ashore exclusively with Costa excursions with a negative test result in Qatar and Oman.
To learn more, read the answers to the most frequently asked questions about health requirements to embarking to the Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates.

 

FAQ about health requirements to embarking to the Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates.



How do you define a "vaccinated" guest?
Guests are considered fully vaccinated if they have received their second dose in a 2-dose series, (or single dose e.g. in case J&J vaccine) at least 14 days prior to the cruise.
A not fully vaccinated guest is considered to be someone:
1) who has not received his second dose in a 2-dose series, (or their single dose, e.g. in case J&J) at least 14 days prior to the cruise; or
2) someone who is vaccinated but unwilling or unable to show their proof of vaccination;

Is mixed combination of vaccines considered approved?

Guests who received mixed combination of COVID-19 vaccine are accepted as long as they are able to show a fully vaccinated proof as provided by their relevant health authority.

Who will you consider as “not vaccinated” therefore not eligible for embarkation?

A not fully vaccinated guest is considered to be someone:
1) who has not received their second dose in a 2-dose series, (or their single dose, such as e.g. the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) at least 14 days prior to the cruise; or
2) someone who is vaccinated but unwilling or unable to show their proof of vaccination;

What about those who are certified as recovered from COVID and who received then a single dose of vaccine as prescribed?

Guests who have received a single dose of vaccine after being certified as cured of Covid-19 are eligible to board provided that they can show proof of certification from the competent health authority.

What are the vaccines considered accepted?

For Caribbean cruises the vaccines accepted are Pfizer, Moderna, Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) For cruises in the UAE the vaccines accepted are Pfizer, Moderna, Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and Sputnik. We will continuously evaluate the requirements and introduce updates as local public health standards change.

From which age do you require vaccination proof?

The certification is needed by 12 years and older.

And what about children under 12 years of age?

Boarding on our Caribbean cruises is only allowed to guests (ages 12 and up) who have completed the vaccination cycle. Guests under the age of 12 are not able to board. Embarking on our UAE cruises is also allowed to unvaccinated children aged 11 and under. The same requirement applies to 2021/22 winter cruises in South America.

Will I undergo additional screening at the embarkation?

For the Caribbean all guests will be required to undergo screening at the Terminal prior to boarding, including a health questionnaire and a non-contact temperature check. For the UAE additional entry requirements and testing procedures to be applied it will be communicated as soon as we receive confirmation from the local health authority.

Is the Green Pass valid for the embarkation on Costa cruises in the Caribbean & Emirates?

The EU Digital Certification (Green Pass) is not valid for boarding as it can also be obtained through a molecular swab carried out 72 hours before boarding or even for those who have been certified as recovered from Covid-19. Therefore, having a Green Pass cannot be considered sufficient for boarding which is only allowed to guests who have completed the entire vaccination cycle.

Will I still need to be COVID tested before each embarkation and during the cruise?

For Caribbean cruises, the health safety protocol adopted includes a mid-cruise test for all guests and a landing test. Guests will not be required to undergo additional testing at the Terminal prior to boarding. For the UAE additional entry requirements and testing procedures to be applied will be communicated as soon as we receive confirmation from the local health authority.

If vaccinated, will I still need to provide a negative covid test before leaving for the destination? PCR or Antigenic?

For Caribbean cruises, Guests will be asked at the Terminal prior to boarding to present the original or digital certificate proving completion of the entire vaccination cycle along with a negative pre-trip molecular test carried out in the previous 72 hours plus a negative antigen test carried out in the 24 hours prior to boarding.

Will all Covid tests before boarding be at my own expense?

The antigen test to be carried out 24 hours before boarding will be refunded on board upon presentation of the receipt. For guests with Costa flights, if the service is available, the test will be carried out by us at the airport at our expense. Guests will be promptly informed accordingly about the availability of the service at the airport of departure.

What will happen if I test positive on arrival at the port of embarkation? Who will pay my medical expenses or repatriation?

In the event of a positive outcome, all health protocols will be applied to manage the situation. The guest must take out compulsory insurance against Covid-19 to cover all costs.

What about the crew members? Will they be vaccinated too?

Yes, they will all be vaccinated. In addition, the protocol developed by our health and safety team will continue to be in force, which also provides for a very comprehensive set of measures and procedures for the health safety of crew members.

 

South America (Brazil)

To be able to embark on a cruise in South America, the following is required:
• Valid passport (valid at least 6 months after the cruise)
• Original or complete digital vaccination certificate proving the conclusion of the entire vaccination cycle.
(The QR Code alone will not entitle the guest to board)
• Travel insurance that covers Covid
•Rapid tests with a negative result, must be taken 24 hours prior to embarkation for all passengers 6 and up (For example: if you board on a Thursday, you need to take the test on a Wednesday).
• PCR molecular test with negative results to be carried out 72 hours before entering Brazil for all passengers 2 and up. (For example, if you get to Brazil on a Thursday, you can take the test starting on Monday).

Guests under 12:
For each cruise there is a threshold of passengers under the age of 12 who will be allowed to book, once this booking threshold is exceeded, it will not be possible to accept further passengers under the age of 12.

We care about your health & safety at every moment and everyday.

For all general safety information before leaving and on board, consult the Costa Safety Protocol page.