Embarkation Protocols – Greece

Page updated on 21st September, 2022

Pre-Departure Requirements

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR 2023 SAILINGS

We’re removing our COVID-19 vaccination and pre-departure testing requirements for all cruises. This will be the case for cruises departing on or after March 2nd 2023.

While we encourage you to test and get vaccinated before you travel, these results won’t be required.

For your peace of mind, all our members of staff will be vaccinated and boosted. And all our cruises for the rest of 2022 will have our current protocols in place (please see below). We look forward to welcoming everyone onboard.

Before we can embark on our cruise together, there is essential paperwork to be completed and presented at the port such as an approved COVID-19 vaccine certificate recognised by the Greek government for anyone travelling over the age of 12.

Current requirements for joining your cruise in Greece

We have put together a simple guide to help you understand what is required for you to embark your cruise from Greece hassle free. Please read the below information carefully and note that the requirements to join a cruise ship differ from that of the Greek government entry requirements. If you have any questions arising from this document please contact our customer service team. Failure to comply with the below requirements or exhibiting or caring for someone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to embarkation will result in you being denied boarding.

If you are joining the cruise in Cyprus or Turkey, please note the requirements are different. Please contact our customer service team for this information.

In order to protect all those onboard, all our crew members will have received their Covid-19 booster vaccinations ahead of sailing.

Applicable to All Guests

Vaccination or COVID recovery certificate for all guests ages 12 and above

Vaccination booster dose after the elapse of nine months (270 days) for all guests ages 18 and above

COVID-19 Antigen Rapid test or PCR test all guests ages 12 and above. Self-tests are not accepted.

Health questionnaire

Travelling into Greece

If you are travelling into Greece you will need to check if you are required to complete a PLF (Passenger Locator Form). Visit Protocol for Arrivals in Greece to check entry requirements in regards to travel from your place of origin. Requirements to enter the country may differ from the requirements to cruise.

Pre-Embarkation Testing

All guests are required to arrive at the terminal with a NEGATIVE Rapid Antigen or a PCR test. We accept the following tests: Rapid Antigen Tests carried out up to 48 hours before embarkation. OR PCR tests carried out up to 72 hours before embarkation.

We regret to advise that self-tests of any form are not accepted.

We strongly recommend guests to perform a test before leaving from home / hotel.

Celestyal Cruises has partnered with Bioiatriki which provides tests for just €10 per person at locations across Athens and Thessaloniki seven days a week.

Please do not come to the port if you have a positive test result.

Vaccination Certificates

The maximum validity of the vaccination certificates in the EU is nine months (270 days), after which the certificate becomes invalid unless a booster dose has been administered (ages 18 and above). Guests who arrive at embarkation with expired certificates (ages 18 and above) or incomplete vaccine courses (ages 12 and above) cannot be accepted onboard.

A COVID-19 recovery certificate can be accepted in lieu of a booster dose as follows: Main vaccine course (2 doses or a single dose J&J vaccine) + 1 COVID recovery certificate = vaccine with a booster dose.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION

COVID-19 Recovery Certificates

For guests who have not been vaccinated but have recovered from COVID-19, we accept the following certificates:

For all EU citizens and citizens of countries participating in the EU Digital Covid Certificate scheme: EU DCC of RECOVERY from COVID-19.

For citizens of countries not participating in the EU Digital Covid Certificate scheme (USA, Canada, Mexico etc): a COVID RECOVERY CERTIFICATE issued by a Medical Doctor or Health Facility containing the information required by EU legislation and supported by the Positive test and Negative test of the dates of diagnosis and recovery respectively.

The COVID RECOVERY CERTIFICATES have a maximum validity of 180 days in the EU, after which the certificate becomes invalid, irrespective of any expiration indicated on the certificate. Guests who arrive with expired recovery certificates cannot be accepted onboard.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: For the conformance standards of non-EU RECOVERY Certificates and the list of countries participating in the EU DCC scheme please click here.

Children, Over 60 or Underlying Medical Conditions

For children 6 to 11 years of age at time of embarkation a Negative Rapid Antigen Test Certificate (no more than 48 hours old) or Negative PCR test certificate (no more than 72 hours old) must be provided prior to embarkation .

Guests over 60 years of age and guests of any age with underlying medical conditions are strongly advised to visit a doctor for pre-travel medical consultation to assess if they are fit to travel.

Wearing a Mask

The use of a mask is recommended in all indoor areas and on open decks unless seated for meals and drinks or where social distancing can’t be adhered to.

Passenger Locator Form for Cruise Ship

You will need to download and complete a Passenger Locator Form for cruise ships by clicking here. This form will be collected during the cruise by your stateroom attendant.

Going Ashore

We strongly recommend you join ship sanctioned shore excursions. However, you can choose to go ashore by yourselves but must ensure adherence to local health protocols at all times. Please note, You may be subject to random testing at visiting ports.

Travel Insurance

COVID-19 medical, cancellation and travel insurance is strongly recommended for both your cruise and entire trip, from the time you leave home until the time you return.

Step-by-Step guide to boarding our ships

Document Check

You will need to present your e-ticket, passport, visa (if applicable), Negative Rapid Antigen Test Certificate (no more than 48 hours old) or Negative PCR test certificate (no more than 72 hours old), public health questionnaire downloadable here and your approved COVID-19 Vaccine certificate (and booster or recovery certificate as applicable). The vaccine certificate is mandatory for anyone over the age of 12 years. Or a COVID-19 recovery certificate up to six months (180 days) old.* *Applicable to countries that issue official recovery certificates conforming with EU requirements.

Luggage Drop

Once you have successfully completed the document check you will then proceed to the luggage drop point where your luggage will be tagged with your stateroom or suite number and then handed over to our crew to sanitise your luggage before it is loaded onto the ship. Your luggage will be delivered to your stateroom or suite.

Pre-Embarkation Testing

All guests are required to arrive at the terminal with a NEGATIVE Rapid Antigen or a PCR test. We accept the following tests: Rapid Antigen Tests carried out up to 48 hours before embarkation. OR PCR tests carried out up to 72 hours before embarkation.

We regret to advise that self-tests of any form are not accepted.

We strongly recommend guests to perform a test before leaving from home / hotel.

Celestyal Cruises has partnered with Bioiatriki which provides tests for just €10 per person at locations across Athens and Thessaloniki seven days a week.

Please do not come to the port if you have a positive test result.

Check-in

Once you have shown your negative pre-embarkation test result you are clear to proceed into the terminal and carry out your check-in with our embarkation team. Here you will present your passport, this will be exchanged with your boarding pass which must stay with you throughout the cruise. Your boarding pass acts as your passport when visiting ports, your access to the ships, your room key and also your on board charge card for purchases. Your passport is kept by the ships team to clear immigration at every port and returned to you the night before the end of your cruise. You will be asked to register a bank or credit card against your stateroom or suite to allow purchases of any extras on board. Please note: cash is not taking on board in any of our bars, restaurants or shops. Instead it is charged to your account and settled at the end of your cruise.

Security

Once you have completed your check-in you will proceed to security. Just like the airports you are required to put all your belongings you are carrying as hand luggage into a tray and pass them through the scanners. You will have to pass through the walk through metal scanners. If you have a medical condition which exempts you from passing through the scanners please advise the port security at the time and have any supporting medical certificates necessary to present.

Embark the ship

It is just a short walk or shuttle bus to the ships gangway. You will be asked to sanitise your hands at one of the hand sanitising stations before entering the ship. When entering the ship our security will scan your boarding card to register you are on the ship. Please note your boarding pass will be scanned every time you embark or disembark the ship. Please do not attempt to do either without your boarding pass as you will be denied entry or exit.

Lifeboat/Muster Drill on Day 1

Under Maritime law you are required to participate in a muster / lifeboat drill. Due to social distance restrictions this has been changed. You are required to go to your stateroom or suite and watch the safety video on your stateroom TV. This is typically on channel 1. Once you have completed the watching the video, please check you have the required life jackets in the wardrobe. If you do not, please contact reception immediately. The final step to completing your safety briefing is proceed to your designated muster station. This is written on the back of your boarding card and also on the back of your stateroom / suite door. You must proceed to your muster station within two hours of being on board and scan your boarding pass at the muster station scanner. This is mandatory and checks will be done to ensure compliance.

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