Travel Entry Requirements

Current Requirements for Embarking River Cruises with AmaWaterways Updated: June 14, 2022

Our European and African Safari and Wildlife river cruises began in March 2022 and our Mekong cruises will start in October 2022. Travel entry requirements continue to evolve, and may still change frequently in the coming weeks so please check back for updates.

You should also check with your airline as they can provide you with requirements specific to your country of entry.

More information will be available within your Online Cruise Check-In.

Our beautiful ships and remarkable crew are preparing for your arrival and we look forward to welcoming you on board very soon.

Please note: Starting Sunday, June 12th, US guests will no longer be required to test for Covid-19 prior to their return flight to the United States. Should any guest require testing during the cruise, AmaWaterways will provide assistance and access to local testing facilities. Guests will no longer be required to wear face coverings while moving around the interior of the ship. While masks are optional for guests, our crew will continue to wear face coverings.

Important Notice Regarding Vaccination Requirements

AmaWaterways only welcomes guests fully vaccinated* against Covid-19 on board our ships. This also applies to accompanied minors five years of age or older***.

Travelers are responsible for ensuring they meet the travel entry requirements, including proof of booster to enter and circulate within each individual country visited during the river cruise. Some countries within the European Union restrict access to restaurants, trains and tourism sites unless you can provide proof of being fully vaccinated based on their definition.

The following vaccination requirement currently apply to multi-country cruises:

  • For Tulip Time and Best of Holland & Belgium cruises: guests with an EMA* approved vaccine are required to have a 3rd shot (booster) if the second shot was more than 270 days ago (Based on current requirements of the Netherlands and Belgium).
  • For Rhine Cruises: guests with an EMA* approved vaccine are required to have a 3rd shot (booster) if the second shot was more than 270 days ago (Based on current requirements of the Netherlands).
  • For Upper Danube Cruises (between Hungary and Germany): guests are required to be fully vaccinated with an EMA* approved vaccine (Based on current requirements of AmaWaterways). Please note: For travel after September 1, booster requirements may be required by Germany. Please check back for updates.
  • For Lower Danube Cruises (between Hungary and Romania): guests are required to be fully vaccinated with an EMA* approved vaccine (Based on current requirements of AmaWaterways).
  • For cruises in Portugal and Spain: guests with an EMA* or other** approved vaccine are required to have a 3rd shot (booster) if the second shot was more than 270 days ago (Based on current requirements of Spain). In place of a booster, guests who are double vaccinated may enter Spain with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure
  • For cruises in Portugal only: guests may enter Portugal with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure or a negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure. (Please note, AmaWaterways requires all guests to be fully vaccinated).
  • For cruises in France: guests with an EMA* or other** approved vaccine are required to have a 3rd shot (booster) if the second shot was more than 270 days ago. In place of a booster, guests who are double vaccinated may enter France with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure.

For our other destinations, the following vaccination information currently applies:

  • For cruises in Egypt: guests are required to be fully vaccinated with an EMA* or other** approved vaccine.
  • For cruises in South Africa: guests are required to be fully vaccinated with an EMA* or other** approved vaccine.
  • For cruises in Vietnam and Cambodia: guests are required to be fully vaccinated with an EMA* or other** approved vaccine. (Based on current requirements of Cambodia)

*European Medicine Agency (EMA): double doses - BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Covaxin, Covovax, Moderna, Nuvaxovid (Novavax). Johnson & Johnson (single dose).

**For international guests with Sinovac or Sinopharm: these two vaccines are accepted for cruises within France, Portugal and Spain, Belgium and Netherlands, Egypt, South Africa, and Cambodia and Vietnam. Please check pre- and post-cruise land package requirements.

***To cruise with AmaWaterways, children 4 years of age need a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of embarkation.

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Covid-related protocols and country entry regulations continue to evolve.

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