To protect the health and safety of guests and crew onboard, MSC Cruises has taken a series of precautionary actions since 24 January across its fleet with respect to the novel coronavirus that originated in China. While there are no cases of coronavirus on board any of MSC Cruises’ ships these measures are additional steps to secure the health and well-being of all guests and crew.
Latest update: March 12, 2020
🔴 MSC is denying boarding worldwide to anyone from high-risk areas:
- Anyone who has travelled to, from or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau, Iran, Vietnam South Korea, Japan and Italy (or transited via airports) in the past 14 days, or visited, will be denied access to the ship. The same rules apply to such passengers’ travel companions (parent, spouse, child, siblings, or a companion who shares a cabin).
- Anyone who, within 14 days before embarkation, has had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having coronavirus, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to COVID-19, are denied boarding.
🔴 For all ships embarking in Miami, MSC is following recommendation of the Cruise Line Association and the USA Government.
- Entry in USA is closed to most foreign nationals who have been in European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation. This restriction comes into effect at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on March 13, 2020 and is expected to be in place for at least 30 days.
- To all guests with severe chronic medical condition (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) as specified by the U.S. CDC will be denied embarkation.
- To all guests 70 years of age or older at embarkation date or who turn 70 within the duration of the cruise, unless provided written verification from their qualified treating physician certifying no severe chronic medical conditions and otherwise fit for the cruise will be denied embarkation.
Guests who have any further questions, should not hesitate to contact their Travel Agent or the MSC Cruises contact centre. To find out more about MSC precautionary public health measures and cruise ships itineraries updates, click here.
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