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.

Covid related entry requirements to sailings in Antarctica 2021/2022

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 

When travelling to some of our more remote destinations, we have a duty of care to our guests and crew. Part of this care is to ensure you are declared fit and able to visit these destinations which are Antarctica, the Northwest Passage, Northeast Greenland, and ocean crossings.

Hurtigruten is obliged to medically screen you in advance of these sailings. We use a partner who specialises in this type of service called Vikand, who are a leading expert in global medical solutions for the maritime industry.

To start this process, you will need to download the form provided in the link below and upload it to the Vikand portal. The link to the Vikand portal is on the form itself.

Both sections A and B need to be submitted and both are required to be uploaded.

Form B is required to be signed by your doctor and can be signed digitally (doctor’s e-mail address, needs to be input before signing the form on your side). The form also requires secondary authentication where you will need a mobile phone to receive a verification code to complete the digital signature.

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 out and you can take it to your doctor to be signed.

Please note that the form needs to be uploaded to Vikand’s portal between 4-8 weeks before your departure - there may be requirements to resubmit if required information is missing.

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.

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What we do on board to sail safer together

Vaccinations and viruses

For all Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises in 2021 and 2022, we require that all guests are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a WHO approved vaccine. In addition the vaccine and vaccine certificate must comply with the local regulations in the area of the voyage.

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.

Covid related entry requirements to sailings in Antarctica 2021/2022


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.


To travel to the Galapagos, you will first need to enter Ecuador where you will receive an “Ecuadorian tourist visa.” Stamp in your passport, you cannot visit the 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 passport information and the Ship Manifest Information Form is with us 45 days prior to departure date. 

Health and travel insurance is a mandatory requirement to visit the islands.


All travellers – regardless of their vaccination status or home country – are required to complete an entry registration form. The form requires a mobile number or email address, and you must submit it within 72 hours before arriving in Norway. Please note: Norwegian authorities require unique contact information for each traveller. Therefore, if you're travelling with someone, you cannot use the same mobile number or email address when submitting the form. Please complete the form by following this link: https://reg.entrynorway.no/

All travellers are responsible for ensuring they are considered fully vaccinated by health authorities of each country on their sailing itinerary, regardless of whether they plan to disembark. For these sailings, Norway only accepts proof of vaccination in the form of a verifiable EU Digital COVID certificate, Norwegian COVID certificate, or UK NHS COVID-pass, whose QR-code will be scanned at embarkation.


Peru is an easy country to enter, you will only need a copy of your passport and the only stipulation is that your passport has a validity of 6 months from the date you enter Peru.


A Russian visa is required for nationals of most countries. However, Russia has established a visa free regime with several European, Asian and South American countries. To check whether the visa free regime is applicable in your case, we recommend that you contact the closest Russian consulate. You can find your closest by accessing the link (https://www.russianembassy.net/) 

To obtain a Russian visa, you first need to obtain an invitation (Visa Support) issued by an authorised organisation. We work with a partner and will assist you in this matter. Once this invitation is processed and received you will then be able to apply for your visa via your local consulate.  

To apply for an invitation letter, you will need to provide us with: 

  • A scanned copy of the photo page of your passport. 
  • The passport must be valid for 6 months after your voyage has ended.  

Once these are received, they are sent to our partner who will create the invitation for you to enter Russia. Once you receive the invitation you will be able to apply for your visa via the consulate. To do this you will need the following. 

  • Invitation letter. 
  • Completed application form which you can do on-line and will require the below info. 
  • Travel Itinerary. (Russia will require your full journey details) 
  • National identification number. 
  • You will find the other information they require in their application process.  
  • A passport sized photograph.
  • Credit card. 

Once you have completed the form you will then be required to attend an interview where you will be issued a visa to travel. The visa is called a Single Entry -  This will be the most common type that you will need to enter Russian Territory. 

Be aware that when travelling to Russia you will need to have at least 2 completely blank unused pages in your passport. 1 for the stamp when entering Russia and 2 for when leaving.  

Once you have received your visa, we will need a copy of the visa no later than 20 days before you travel. 

If you have any concerns and or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will support you in your applications.

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 capitol 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.