Travel health requirements

Given the overall scenario, we are in constant dialogue with governments and health authorities to ensure that the most up-to-date measures are applied to our planned activities. Our priority is to offer a safe, serene and memorable holiday experience to all our Guests.

The following measures may be subject to change. We suggest that you always consult the provisions of local administrations through their respective official websites.

Embarking in Italy

Guests from other countries

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 the https://app.euplf.eu/#/ website (choose “Italy” as the destination country).

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.

Guests from one of the risks areas

Those who come from one of the risk areas and embark in Italian ports or, otherwise, have been in close contact (distance of less than 2 meters for more than 15 minutes) with people who live in one of the risk areas in the 14 days prior to boarding, must necessarily show up at the boarding terminal at least 4 hours before the ship's departure, to allow them to carry out the diagnostic test using an RT-PCR molecular swab . The test is required to allow guests to board the ship, and is mandatory for guests over the age of 2.

Click here to view the list of high-risk areas (first page) and the countries of provenance from which guests will not be permitted to board (second page).

Embarking in Spain

Anyone entering Spain must complete the FCS form by connecting to the website www.spth.gob.es (available in English, French, Spanish and German). Not required for Passengers in transit.

Embarking to the Carribean

To be able to embark on a cruise to the Caribbean the following required:


• Valid passport (at least 6 months residual validity)
• Complete vaccination cycle for guests aged 12 years and older
• 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)
• a negative PCR molecular test carried out within 72 hours before the start of the trip
• Covid insurance
• 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.

Embarking in the Dominican Republic

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.

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.

Embarking to the United Arab Emirates

To be able to embark on a cruise to the United Arab Emirates the following is required:


• Valid passport (at least 6 months residual validity)
• Complete vaccination cycle for guests aged 12 years and older
• Original or complete digital vaccination certificate proving the conclusion of the entire vaccination cycle for all Guests aged 12 years or older. (The QR Code alone will not entitle the guest to board)
• Covid insurance

Excursions:
• Fully vaccinated guests will be able to go ashore independently if the situation of the countries included in the itinerary allows it.
• Guests traveling in the company of minors aged 11 or under to visit destinations must choose an excursion organized by the Company.

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 - 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.

 

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