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Formalities and Travel Documents for The Coastal Express Voyages

Thank you for choosing to travel with The Coastal Express. Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the required formalities and to review your travel documents.

If you are joining an expedition cruise to Norway on board  MS Otto Sverdrup, or MS Maud, please click here

Entry requirements


All guests checking in at The Coastal Express terminal or onboard our ships have to present a valid passport. A passport with a validity of six months after the end of the trip is required. Please keep your passport on hand while boarding. Boarding will be denied if your passport is not presented at check-in. This applies to all guests.

Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. If your passport is in its final year, you should check with the Embassy of the country you are visiting. For further information contact the Australian Passport Office https://www.passports.gov.au/

Up to date travel advice can be obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, visit https://smartraveller.gov.au/

We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.


For the most up-to-date guidance on travel to Norway, and the latest colour-coded map for quarantine requirements, it’s essential to check the Norwegian Institute for Public Health website

Safer together

Whenever you sail aboard The Norwegian Coastal Express, whether for 12 days or a few hours, your safety is our highest priority. A range of measures is in place, designed to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and other contagious respiratory diseases. We’ll constantly update these practices based on the latest guidelines from the Norwegian health authorities.

You can read about the health and sanitary measures of our airline partners on their dedicated web pages.

Self-declaration form

This form will be sent to you 24 hours before the ship's departure. If you are not able to fill in the digital form, you will be given a self-declaration form at check-in.

You can also use the below link to fill out your self-declaration form. To make sure all details are up to date, the form must not be completed any earlier than 24 hours before departure.

Practical information

There are more than 70 activities to bring you even closer to coastal Norway. Try a range of seasonal experiences both at sea and on shore with our optional excursions:

Not sure what to pack for your trip? We have drawn up a packing list for you, suitable for all seasons along the Norwegian coast.

Information about scheduled sailings and adjustments to the sailing plan can be found here:

Any other questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Your travel documents

You should have received these documents from us:

  • Itinerary (for your information only)
  • Transfer vouchers (Tide Buss, if transfers have been booked)
  • Norway/Sognefjord in a Nutshell tickets (if booked)
  • Pre/Post programme information (if booked)

You can also download:

At The Coastal Express, we are committed to sustainable travel and always seek to minimise the negative impact of our operation. Therefore, we also distribute our travel documents digitally. We are in close dialogue with our partners about this, but for now, the following services still require printed documents for travel:

  • Vy (Norway Rail)
  • Transfers in Bergen, Oslo, Kirkenes, Tromsø and Trondheim
  • Norway in a Nutshell excursion

For all other services booked with The Coastal Express, no printed confirmation is required. You will need to present a valid passport or official ID card only. You do not require vouchers as proof of purchase for any hotels, shore excursions or voyages you have booked with The Coastal Express.

If you have booked flights with us, you do not need paper tickets. Your boarding passes will be issued at the airport upon check-in. Please refer to the Arrival-Departure Information guide for more information.

Please read all documents carefully and contact your travel agent, tour operator or The Coastal Express (if you have booked directly with us), if you have any queries. We look forward to welcoming you onboard the world’s most beautiful voyage!

Read our full Terms & Conditions.