Entry requirements for your travel

Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the required travel documents you will be asked to provide prior to boarding the ship. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary.

COVID-19 travel map

Use our interactive map to keep updated on what’s open for travel and get details on any potential entry requirements.

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. 

Ship Manifest Information Form

A Ship Manifest Information Form is needed for all our Norway Expeditions and Expedition Cruises. This includes all sailings on: MS Fram, MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fridtjof Nansen, MS Nordstjernen, MS Spitsbergen, MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Trollfjord.  

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 and we deny boarding our ships until we have received this completed form.

It is not necessary to print and sign the Ship Manifest Information Form before sending it back to us. Simply download the form below, fill it out digitally, and return to Hurtigruten by email:

Medical Screening Form 

For certain remote destinations, including Antarctica, the Northwest Passage, Northeast Greenland and transatlantic crossings, all guests must submit a Medical Screening Form. The forms are screened by our medical partner, Vikand. However, you being allowed to embark does not constitute any medical advice from us as to the advisability or safety of you participating in an Expedition Cruise or any activities related to an Expedition Cruise. You must solely rely on the advice of your personal physician as to the advisability or safety of participating in an Expedition Cruise.  

The Medical Screening Form consists of two sections. Both sections A and B need to be submitted and uploaded. Section B is required to be signed by your doctor and can be signed digitally (doctor’s e-mail address, can be input before signing the form on your side). If your doctor does not wish to use the digital tool, you can select the “Analog Signature” option before signing the form. The form will then be emailed to you so it can be printed and taken to your doctor to be signed. The form must be signed by your doctor within 12 weeks before departure.

The form also requires secondary authentication where you will need a mobile phone to receive a verification code to complete the digital signature. After completing the form, please upload it to Vikand’s portal between 4-8 weeks before your departure - there may be requirements to resubmit if required information is missing. 

Click the link below to complete your form: 

Health Declaration Form

The following expedition cruises also require a Health declaration form for boarding:
• All Antarctica expeditions
• All Northwest Passage expeditions
• From Buenos Aires to Lisbon — Holistic Wellness Retreat at Sea
• From Buenos Aires to Cape Verde — Holistic Wellness Retreat at Sea
• Greenland: The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition (Itinerary 1)
• Greenland and Baffin Island — The Ultimate Arctic Island Exploration
• Greenland and Atlantic Canada — The Ultimate Fjord and National Park Expedition (Itinerary 2)

Please complete the enclosed health declaration form. The Health declaration *must not be completed any earlier than 8 weeks before departure.*

The Health Form is currently being revised. Please check back at a later date for when the updated Health Form is available.

Please refer to this page for information on our COVID-19 procedures and requirements

Vaccinations and viruses

For requirements related to COVID-19, please see here.

Check with your General Practitioner regarding the recommended vaccinations for your travel to South and Central America. You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling 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 expedition cruises, 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 travelling 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 voyages:

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 are 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/ 

A traveller 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. Travellers 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.

Argentinian Reciprocity Fee

From July 1st, 2017 Australian Citizens are not required to pay reciprocity fee when entering Argentina. For more information visit https://argentina.embassy.gov.au/baircastellano/TAreciprocityTAreciprocity.html

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


For entering Chile, you will be provided with a small piece of paper –– tourist card that serves as a proof of tourists’ legal stay in the country up to 90 days. Please keep this in your passport during your entire stay in Chile as it must be returned to the immigration office when leaving the country. Also, a copy of the tourist card will be made at your hotel in Santiago. Failure to submit this card upon departure from Chile may result in delays until a replacement is obtained. If lost or stolen, the tourist card must be replaced by the International Police at their nearest headquarters or at the international airport prior to departure.


Australian travellers are recommended to visit the Australian government smartraveller.gov.au website for the latest entry advice on Chile.

The entrance of products of vegetable, fruit, and animal origin; plants, herbariums, insectaries, handicraft, or exotic products is not permitted to Chile. A fine applies when entering products into the country illegally


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.


You will first need to enter Ecuador to travel to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival in Ecuador, you will receive an “Ecuadorian tourist visa” stamp in your passport. You cannot visit the Galapagos Islands without this stamp.  

For our Galapagos expeditions, your passport must have a validity of no less than six months of your date of entry into Ecuador. You will be declined entry to the country if it is less. 

It is also required that your passport information and the Ship Manifest Information Form is with us 45 days prior to the departure date.  

Health- and travel insurance is a mandatory requirement to visit the Galapagos Islands. 


EU and EEA citizens and citizens of countries with agreements with Norway can enter without a visa. To see if your country is exempt from applying for a visa, please visit this official website: https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/persons-who-do-not-need-a-visa-to-visit-norway-/  


Peru is an easy country to enter. You only need a copy of your passport. The only stipulation is that your passport has a validity of at least 6 months from the date you enter Peru. 

United States

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.

West Africa and Cape Verde

You will traverse several destinations whilst travelling to the West African archipelagos. Your flight will land in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, but you do not need a visa to enter the country. You will, however, enter the territories of Gambia and Guinea-Bissau and for these areas you will need a visa. 

You will be issued your visa for these territories when you enter their territorial waters during your journey whilst on board the ship, so you can enjoy your cruise worry free.