Travel health requirements

Considering the general scenario, we are in constant dialogue with the governments and the health authorities to be sure that the most updated measures to our activities are applied in accordance with the law applicable in all the destination ports we will visit. Our priority is offering a safe, tranquil and memorable holiday experience to all our guests.

The following measures are subject to change. We recommend that you always consult the provisions of your local authorities through their official websites.
Find out the requirements for embarking in the following countries: depending on your destination!

Mediterranean

As of 16 December 2021 and for all departures till January 31st included, the following is required to embark on a Mediterranean cruise:
• Original or digital certificate proving full vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 for all guests aged 12 and over
• Covid "Costa Relax" Insurance
Depending on the country of the port of embarkation, our protocol provides for additional measures. Please read them carefully

Boarding in Italy
1)Guests residing in Italy

Apart from the classification colour of the region of origin (Red, Orange, Yellow), all Italian residents are permitted to go to the boarding port for the beginning of their cruise, following the health protocol rules and with their travel documents.
Once at the Terminal, we will carry out a rapid antigen test on all guests before boarding.

2)Guests from other countries
Anyone travelling to Italy from abroad is responsible for checking the necessary conditions according to their country of origin. We would like to remind you that from 24 May 2021, anyone entering Italy for any length of time from foreign countries or territories (excluding S Marino and the Vatican City) by any form of transport, before entering must fill in the Passenger Locator Form by visiting the website https://app.euplf.eu/#/ (choose "Italy" as the country of destination).
As of 16 December 2021, those entering Italian territory from European Union countries are also required, in addition to completing the PLF, to be in possession of a full vaccination certification or COVID-19 certification of recovery, and a negative entry test. Once at the Terminal, we will perform a rapid antigen test on all guests before boarding.

Forms needed
Those arriving from one of the areas considered to be at risk and embarking in Italian ports or, alternatively, who have been in close contact (distance of less than 2 meters for more than 15 minutes) with people living in one of the areas at risk in the 14 days preceding embarkation, must report to the embarkation terminal at least 4 hours before the ship's departure time, to allow the diagnostic test to be carried out by means of an RT-PCR molecular swab. The test will be essential for boarding and will be compulsory for guests over 2 years old. The list of areas at risk (first page) or countries from which embarkation is not permitted (second page), is available at this link.

Boarding in Spain and France
Anyone arriving from Spain will have to fill out the FCS form by visiting the site www.spth.gob.es (site available in English, French, Spanish, German). Not required for those in transit.
Once at the Terminal, we will carry out a PCR test on all guests before boarding. It is therefore required to arrive within four hours before the departure of the ship.

Note regarding excursions

Current legislation only allows excursions on land organised with Costa Crociere for all guests, regardless of country of origin.

Caribbean

In order to board for a cruise with a Caribbean destination the following is compulsory:
• Currently valid passport (6-month residual validity from the date of disembarkation)
• Complete vaccination cycle for all Guests over age 12
• Original or digital certificate proving complete vaccination
• Covid “Costa Relax” Insurance
• Negative antigen test carried out within 24 hours prior to embarkation or to the flight in the case of a Costa flight package (e.g. if you embark on Thursday, you must take the test from Wednesday)
• A negative pre-travel PCR molecular test carried out within 72 hours prior to entry into one of the Caribbean states (e.g. if you arrive in the Caribbean on Thursday afternoon you will need to be tested from Monday afternoon)

Guests under the age of 12:
Children aged 11 years and under are not permitted to embark

Guests from risk areas:
The list of countries from which embarkation is not permitted on cruises to the Caribbean can be found here. 

IMPORTANT: For residents of Italy, Caribbean cruises are suspended until 31 January 2022 (Only for Italy MARKET to be published on Friday not before 4pm)

To enter or exit the Dominican Republic on a flight, you must fill in the form that can be downloaded from this link https://eticket.migracion.gob.do/.
A QR code will be generated for you to show when you arrive at the airport in the Dominican Republic. Fill in the form before you leave and print it out if you cannot download it to your smartphone. The process is completely free of charge.

Transatlantic Cruises
For cruises departing from European ports with a Caribbean destination, all guests are required to have for boarding, in addition to those required based on the boarding port (Italy, France, Spain):
• Currently valid passport (6-month residual validity from the date of disembarkation)
• Complete vaccination cycle for all Guests over age 12
• Original or digital certificate proving complete vaccination . Covid “Costa Relax” Insurance . Negative pre-travel PCR molecular test carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding.


Note regarding excursions


The Caribbean countries allow our guests to get off the ship on their own with the exception of Saint Vincent/Grenadines (Kingstown) which only accepts Costa protected excursions exclusively. In Bridgetown (Barbados) guests can get off the ship on their own only after a negative antigen swab carried out on board at no cost the day before arrival. Based on the health situation and on the decision of the authorities of the countries in the itinerary, these conditions could be subject to review.
For additional information, read the answers to the frequently asked questions.

What is a "fully vaccinated" guest?

Guests are considered fully vaccinated if they received the second dose in a 2-dose series (or a single dose in the case of the J&J vaccine) at least 14 days prior to cruise departure.
Therefore, whoever:
1) did not receive the second dose in a series of 2 doses (or at least a single dose in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) at least 14 days before the cruise; or
2) is unable to present the documentation certifying complete vaccination


Is the mixed combination of vaccines accepted?

Guests who have been subjected to a mixed combination of vaccine against COVID-19 Astrazeneca + Pfizer or Astrazeneca + Moderna are accepted provided they are able to produce proof of completion of the vaccination course provided by the competent health authority. Other combinations are not accepted

Are guests certified as cured of Covid-19 who then received a single dose of vaccine considered eligible for boarding?

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

What vaccines are accepted for shipping to the Caribbean?

The following COVID-19 vaccines are accepted: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, J&J

From what age is full vaccination required to embark?

Boarding on our Caribbean cruises, for the winter of 2021-2022, is only allowed for guests aged 12 or over who have completed the vaccination cycle and who can present vaccination certification. Guests under the age of 12, not being vaccinated, will not be able to board.

Will I be screened for additional boarding?

All guests will be required to undergo medical screening at the Terminal prior to boarding, including a health questionnaire and a contactless temperature check. No tampons will be made on boarding.

Is the Green Pass valid for boarding on your Caribbean cruises?

The EU Digital Certification (Green Pass) is accepted as certification as long as it contains the data of the complete vaccination cycle, the type of vaccines and the dates of administration.

If I am vaccinated, will I still need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result before I leave for my destination?

In addition to the original or digital certificate proving the completion of the entire vaccination cycle, to embark the negative results of a molecular test (PCR) carried out in the 72 hours prior to arrival in the Caribbean and of an antigen test carried out in the 24 hours prior to arrival must be presented. boarding on board the ship.

Will the Covid tests required for boarding be at my expense?

The cost of the antigen test to be carried out in the 24 hours prior to boarding will be reimbursed 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 on the availability of the service at the departure airport.

What happens if I test positive during the cruise according to the protocol? Who will pay for my medical bills or repatriation?

In the event of a positive outcome, the measures provided for by the health protocol will be implemented and maximum assistance will be guaranteed to positive guests and "close contacts". Guests are necessarily required to take out Covid-19 insurance to cover any expenses in the event of early disembarkation due to positivity, possible hospitalization and repatriation. In the absence of the covid insurance policy, boarding will be denied.

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

Our health and safety team, together with a group of independent scientific experts, has developed the Costa Safety Protocol which includes, among others, a series of measures and procedures to protect the health of crew members. The latter will in fact be vaccinated before embarking and will not be allowed to disembark independently from the ship.

United Arab Emirates

In order to board for a cruise with an Arab Emirates destination the following is compulsory:
• Valid passport (validity of 6 months from the date of disembarkation)
• Full vaccination cycle for all guests aged 12 and over
• Original or digital certificate confirming full vaccination
• Covid "Costa Relax" Insurance . Molecular PCR test for all guests aged 2 and over with a printed negative result (paper version) to be carried out 48 hours before the flight and boarding (if boarding on Friday at 22:00, the PCR must be carried out from 22:00 on Wednesday). In the case of a pre-cruise stopover, the PCR must be repeated no later than 48 hours before embarkation if the validity of the PCR made prior to the flight has expired. Guests from a certain list of countries will have different requirements for entry into Dubai and will be subject to an antigen test when boarding the ship.
Check the list of countries with all 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/travelling-to-the-uae.
Upon arrival at Dubai Airport, guests are required to take a PCR swab at the PCR hub (located within the airport). This will result in a sticker which will be given to each passenger and will be used to board the ship. This compulsory test does not replace the one required to enter the United Arab Emirates. All Guests tested at the airport are authorized to board the ship pending the outcome, which will be communicated by SMS or email.

Guests under the age of 12:
For each cruise, there is a limit of passengers under the age of 12 who will be allowed to book. Once this limit of bookings has been exceeded, no further passengers under the age of 12 can be accepted.

Guests from risk areas:
the list of countries from which embarkation is not permitted for cruises to the Emirates is available at this address.

Compulsory registrations:
No later than 5 days before entering the EMIRATES our guests must register HERE 
In the 3 days prior to arrival in QATAR our guests must register HERE 
On the days preceding their arrival in OMAN, our guests will receive assistance and instructions on how to register and fill in the required form directly on board

Cruises from Europe to the Arab Emirates
For cruises departing from European ports with Emirates destination the requirements for boarding will be, in addition to those required by the boarding port (Italy, France, Spain):
• Currently valid passport (6-month residual validity from the date of disembarkation) . Complete vaccination cycle for all Guests over age 12
• Original or digital certificate proving complete vaccination
• Covid “Costa Relax” Insurance
• Negative pre-travel PCR molecular test carried out by all guests from age 2 in the 72 hours prior to boarding.

Note regarding excursions

To always guarantee maximum safety, Costa has created “Protected Tours”, which are mandatory for families with unvaccinated children aged 11 or under. They are excursions with controlled routes and which do not involve autonomous departures from the group. Of course, other vaccinated guests can also choose these tours. Guest will be able to get off the ship for land in Qatar and in Oman exclusively with Costa excursions following a negative swab test at no charge carried out on board. For additional information, read the answers to the frequently asked questions.

What is meant by “completely vaccinated” guest?

Guests are considered completely vaccinated if they have received the second dose in a series of 2 doses (or one single dose in the case of the J&J vaccine) at least 14 days prior to the cruise departure. Therefore, the following will not be permitted to board:
1) anyone who has not received the second dose of a two-dose series (or at least a single dose in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) at least 14 days prior to the cruise; or
2) anyone unable to present the documentation demonstrating complete vaccination
3) anyone cured of Covid-19 and with a single dose (except for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine)

Is the mixed combination of vaccines accepted?

Guests who have received a mixed combination of COVID-19 vaccine Astrazeneca + Pfizer or Moderna (with at least 42 days between the two doses) or Pfizer/Moderna + Moderna/Pfizer (with at least 28 days between the two doses) can board on the condition that they show proof of the completed vaccination cycle provided by the competent health authority. Other combinations of vaccines are not accepted

Are those guests who are certified as cured of Covid-19 and then received a single dose of vaccine considered suitable for boarding?

Guests who have received a single dose of vaccine after having been certified as cured of Covid-19, are not considered suitable for boarding. The only exception is for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine whose single dose certifies complete vaccination.

Which vaccines are accepted for boarding in the Emirates?

The following vaccines are accepted: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). The Sputnik, Sinopharm, Sinovac vaccines are also accepted.

From what age is complete vaccination required for boarding?

Boarding our cruises in the Emirates, for winter 2021-2022, is allowed only for guests (over age 12) who have completed the vaccination cycle and can present vaccination certification. Guests who are under age 12, not vaccinated, will be able to board in a limited number per cruise.

Will I undergo further screening at boarding?

All the guests are required to undergo medical screening at the Terminal before boarding, including ahealth survey and temperature body check without contact. Based on the country of origin, for guests over age 12, an antigen test will be carried out at boarding, while all guests from age 3 to 11 will undergo an antigen or saliva test directly on board.

Is the Green Pass valid for boarding cruises to the Emirates?

The EU Digital Certification (Green Pass) is accepted as long as it contains the data of the complete vaccination cycle, the type of vaccines and the dates they were administered.

If I am vaccinated, will I nonetheless be required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result before departing for the destination?

In addition to the original or digital certificate demonstrating the completion of the entire vaccination cycle, for boarding all guests from the age of 2 must present the negative results of a (PCR) molecular test carried out in the 48 hours prior to arrival in the Emirates.
Upon arrival at the airport, all guests over the age of twelve will have to undergo a further molecular test (PCR) at the appropriate hubs inside the airport. In this way you will get a sticker that will be delivered to the individual passenger and which will be used to carry out boarding operations on the ship. This mandatory test does not replace the one required to enter the United Arab Emirates. All guests tested at the airport are authorized to board the ship pending the outcome, which will be communicated via SMS or email.

What happens if during the cruise the test carried out in accordance with protocol is positive? Who will pay for my medical expenses or repatriation?

In the case of a positive result the measures provided for by the health protocol will be put into action and the maximum assistance will be guaranteed to the Guests who are positive and to the "close contacts". Guests are required to take out Covid-19 insurance coverage for any expenses in the case of early disembarking due to positive results, any hospitalisation and repatriation. In the absence of a Covid insurance policy, boarding will be denied.

And the members of the crew? Will they also be vaccinated?

Our health and safety team, together with a group of independent scientific experts, have developed the safety protocol Costa Safety Protocol which includes, among the others, a series of measures and procedures to protect the health of the crew members. In fact, they will be vaccinated before boarding and they will not be permitted to get off the Ship.

South America (Brazil)

In order to board for a cruise with a South American destination the following is compulsory:
• Currently valid passport (6-month residual validity from the date of disembarkation)
• Complete vaccination cycle for all Guests over age 12
• Original or digital certificate proving complete vaccination
• Covid “Costa Relax” Insurance
• Negative antigen test carried out by all guests from age 6 in the 24 hours preceding the boarding (example: anyone boarding Thursday must take the test starting Wednesday)
• Negative pre-travel PCR molecular test carried out by all guests from age 2 in the 72 hours prior to entry into Brazil (example: anyone arriving in Brazil on Thursday, must take the test starting Monday)

Guests under age 12:
For each cruise, a maximum number of passengers under age 12 allowed to book is established, once the booking limit has been reached, it will not be possible to accept additional passengers under age 12.

What is meant by “completely vaccinated” guest?

Guests are considered completely vaccinated if they have received the second dose in a series of 2 doses (or one single dose in the case of the J&J vaccine) at least 14 days prior to the cruise departure. Guests age 60 or over will have to had received the third dose within at least 14 days, if more than 5 months have passed from the date of boarding.
Therefore, the following will not be permitted to board:
1) anyone who has not received the second dose of a two-dose series (or at least a single dose in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) at least 14 days prior to the cruise; or
2) anyone who is age 60 or over and has not received the third dose at least 14 days before cruise departure, in the case in which the second dose was administered more than 5 months from the boarding date
3) anyone unable to present the documentation demonstrating complete vaccination

Is mixed combination of vaccines considered approved?

Guests who have received a mixed combination of COVID-19 vaccine Astrazeneca + Pfizer or Moderna (with at least 42 days between the two doses) or Pfizer/Moderna + Moderna/Pfizer (with at least 28 days between the two doses) can board on the condition that they show proof of the completed vaccination cycle provided by the competent health authority. Other combinations of vaccines are not accepted

Which vaccines are accepted for boarding in the South America?

All the vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are accepted

From what age is complete vaccination required for boarding?

Boarding our cruises in the South America, for winter 2021-2022, is allowed only for guests (over age 12) who have completed the vaccination cycle and can present vaccination certification. Guests who are under age 12, not vaccinated, will be able to board in a limited number per cruise.

If I am vaccinated, will I still be required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result before departing for the destination?

In addition to the original or digital certificate demonstrating the completion of the entire vaccination cycle, for boarding all guests from the age of 2 must present the negative results of a (PCR) molecular test carried out in the 72 hours prior to arrival in South America and all the guests from age 6 require an antigen test carried out in the 24 hours prior to boarding on board the ship. Guests from age 3 to 5 will undergo a saliva test at boarding.

Will I undergo further screening at boarding?

All the guests are required to undergo medical screening at the Terminal before boarding, including a health survey and body temperature check without contact. Additional swab tests will not be carried out at boarding for guests from age 12 6 and above, while guests age 3 to 11 will undergo antigen or saliva tests.

Is the Green Pass valid for boarding cruises in South America?

The EU Digital Certification (Green Pass) is accepted as long as it contains the data of the complete vaccination cycle, the type of vaccines and the dates they were administered.

Will I still need to be tested for Covid-19 before boarding? And during the cruise?

The health safety protocol adopted includes a test halfway through the cruise and one when disembarking for all guests. Guests will not be required to undergo additional test at the Terminal before boarding.

What happens if during the cruise the test carried out in accordance with protocol is positive? Who will pay for my medical expenses or repatriation?

In the case of a positive result the measures provided for by the health protocol will be put into action and the maximum assistance will be guaranteed to the Guests who are positive and to the "close contacts". Guests are required to take out Covid-19 insurance coverage for any expenses in the case of early disembarking due to positive results, any hospitalisation and repatriation. In the absence of a Covid insurance policy, boarding will be denied.

And the members of the crew? Will they also be vaccinated?

Our health and safety team, together with a group of independent scientific experts, have developed the safety protocol Costa Safety Protocol which includes, among the others, a series of measures and procedures to protect the health of the crew members. In fact, they will be vaccinated before boarding and they will not be permitted to get off the Ship.

We take care about your health & safety, every moment, every day

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