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Travel Entry Requirements

Current Requirements for Embarking River Cruises with AmaWaterways Updated: September 20, 2021

Developments in specific regions and countries are fluid and evolving quickly. This page is being updated continuously; check back often for updates. More information will be available within your online Cruise Check-In.

To determine what documents you will need for your river cruise, please review the Vaccination and Testing Information for Your Journey, Pre-Cruise Online Check-In and Electronic Travel Documents, and Additional Requirements by Country.


Vaccination and Testing Information for Your Journey

For Your River Cruise:

AmaWaterways Vaccination Requirement: Effective immediately and until further notice, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board our ships. This vaccination requirement also applies to accompanied minors. If this decision impacts your 2021 sailing, please contact your travel advisor for options to reschedule your river cruise.

To join an AmaWaterways river cruise, guests are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving their second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca (Covishield) or 28 days following a single dose of Johnson & Johnson (based on EMA guidelines*). AmaWaterways accepts mixed dosages of these four vaccines. We recommend guests carry their original CDC vaccination card (or equivalent) as well as a digital version.

The EU governing council has recently announced changes to entry regulations affecting US travelers. These changes are only “recommendations” to the EU member countries which they can choose to accept, reject or modify. We are following the situation very closely and it is business as usual unless we receive official information about any changes from the individual countries we sail through. Currently, Belgium and the Netherlands have added additional requirements for US travelers and we are modifying our itineraries in September to accommodate this. Please check the travel requirements for each country.

As entry requirements can change rapidly, we strongly recommend guests take a PCR test prior to departing on your flight to Europe to avoid any unnecessary travel interruptions and for added peace of mind. The valid time frame of the PCR test may vary between 48 and 72 hours so please refer to the entry regulations of your destination or airline.

All guests must consult the appropriate consulates regarding travel entry requirements. Obtaining required travel documentation and assuring these are complete and correct in all ways, is the sole responsibility of each participant.

For Your Flights:

Airlines have specific documents (ex: Digital Passenger Locator) that must be completed before your flights. Please consult your airline's website.

At this time, ALL US and Canadian guests require a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours for their return flight.

AmaWaterways will be facilitating these tests on board our ships (regardless of whether or not guests have purchased their air through AmaWaterways) or in post-cruise hotels (for guests who have purchased AmaWaterways’ post-cruise land packages). Guests will incur a nominal fee depending on the type of test required: RT-PCR or Antigen.

*For medical purposes: Pfizer is known as Comirnaty or Biotech; Moderna is known as Spikevax; AstraZeneca (Covishield) is known as Vaxzevria; Johnson & Johnson is known as Janssen.


Pre-Cruise, Online Check-in, and Electronic Travel Documents

IMPORTANT: Boarding will be denied without completing your Online Cruise Check-In in its entirety, including your Health and Contact Tracing Questionnaire, prior to departure from home.

  • Once your reservation has been confirmed, log into your Online Cruise Check-In with your reservation number, last name, and date of birth.
  • Enter your personal details, including emergency contact and most importantly your current email address in order to receive essential notification about your trip.
  • Independent flight information should be entered once confirmed, or within 45-30 days prior to departure.
  • You will be required to fill out AmaWaterways’ Health and Contact Tracing Questionnaire 7 days before your journey begins and this information will be revalidated upon embarkation. A link to this form will be in your pre-cruise check-in documents. You will also be required to upload a copy of your Covid-19 vaccination card. To learn how to upload your vaccination card, watch our tutorial video or view our step-by-step guide.
  • Please note: Within your Online Cruise Check-In, you may download a printed copy of your Travel Documents within 30 days prior to departure.

Additional Requirements by Country

Additional forms may be required by each country (or airline) and these may affect travelers depending on your country of residence. Please note: We are only providing information that pertains to vaccinated travelers entering these countries, as all AmaWaterways guests must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to board our ships.

If your country of arrival is not listed above, we have not yet received official details from the local government. Please rest assured that as soon as we have information, we will update this page and communicate any important changes to our guests and travel advisors that may affect regulations as soon as possible based on sailing date.

France (Entry Airport: Paris / Bordeaux/ Lyon / Marseille)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to France:

All travelers must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – which are Pfizer, AstraZeneca (Covishield), Moderna, Johnson & Johnson.

Each traveler must fill out a health-related document called “Statement of Honor”. It is required to be signed and presented to the airline at time of embarking for your flight and to border control authorities on arrival. Please find this document under 2.3 Admission to Stay on the French Government website. https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

Certain facilities in France, including restaurants, require a Covid Certificate. Non-EU travelers can now apply for a Covid Certificate by completing and submitting the form using this link: https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etrangers?locale=en.

For all confirmed travel during 2021, guests can apply immediately for their Covid Certificate. If you do not receive your French Covid Certificate QR code prior to departing for France, we suggest you carry with you the printed email notification that the French government received your application along with your vaccination certificate. Together these can be presented to your airline (please check the airline website) and other venues in France that may be requiring it. The Covid Certificate (Health Pass) is mandatory to travel on all domestic flights within France and once in France, a temporary QR code valid 72 hours can be generated by a healthcare professional (labs, pharmacies, etc) following a negative RT-PCR or antigen test (fees apply).

Guests with pre-cruise land packages outside of France - Please see the information pertaining to those European Union entry points.

For more information, click here.

Portugal (Entry Airport: Porto / Lisbon)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Portugal:

To enter Portugal, US and Canadian guests must present a negative PCR test, conducted within 72 hours before departing to Portugal, OR an Antigen test, conducted within 48 hours before departing, OR a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate.

Complete your online airline check-in and once you have confirmed your flight number and seat, you will be required to fill out this  online Passenger Locator Card  up to four days prior to your arrival in Portugal. Once submitted, you will receive a notification that you will need to present, either printed or digitally, at control points when entering Portugal.

For more information, click here.

Spain (Entry Airport: Madrid / Barcelona / Bilbao (BIO))

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Spain:

US and Canadian travelers will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination when arriving to Spain.

ALL US and Canadian guests must complete a Public Health Control Form (FCS) available from the website or the SpTH app. ALL guests must complete and send this form to the Spanish health authorities 48 HOURS before the flight to receive an email with a QR code (QR FAST CONTROL). You must have it printed or have it ready to display on your mobile phone in order to enter Spain.

For more information, click here.

Germany (Entry Airport: Munich / Frankfurt)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Germany:

US and Canadian travelers ages 12 and older may travel to Germany with proof of Covid-19 vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Covishield) and Johnson&Johnson).

All travelers are required to fill out an Entry Registration Form which is to be submitted no more than three days prior to entering Germany. Please print and carry the confirmation with you and have it ready in hand to avoid any unnecessary travel interruptions. Currently, KN95/N95 or FFP2 masks are mandatory on any public transport, and in stores and busy outdoor spaces.

  • Please note that there is no quarantine obligation at this time for our guests from the US. Vaccination against Covid-19 is listed within the Entry Registration Form as an exemption from quarantine.
  • If you have reserved our pre-cruise land package in Munich, Germany, please enter the address of your Munich hotel.
  • If you are going directly to the ship and are departing from Vilshofen, please use the following address: Untere Donaulande 6; Vilshofen, Germany 94474.
  • If you are going directly to the ship and are departing from Nuremberg, Germany, please use the following address: Europakai, Nürnberg, Germany 90455.
  • Please print and carry the confirmation with you and have it ready in hand to avoid any unnecessary travel interruptions.

Additional Forms vary depending on the airline you are traveling with and guests must reconfirm with their airline 7 days before departure.

For more information, click here.

Important Update Regarding Itineraries from Nuremberg, Germany to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Please note: If you have an itinerary embarking in September 2021 that include visits to the Netherlands, AmaWaterways will be facilitating mandatory PCR testing for US guests in Cologne, Germany within 48 hours of arrival to the Netherlands, for a nominal fee.

Hungary (Entry Airport: Budapest)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Hungary:

All travelers must present proof of Covid-19 vaccination. A negative Covid-19 result on a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into Budapest.

Please Note: negative Antigen test results are no longer being accepted.

In order to facilitate a seamless arrival by air into Budapest and avoid any unnecessary interruptions, please prepare to bring with you a printed paper copy of your AmaWaterways Travel Documents (Booking Summary, Sailing Schedule, Contact Information and Arrival Procedures).

Additional Forms vary depending on the airline you are traveling with and guests must reconfirm with their airline 7 days before departure.

The Netherlands (Entry Airport: Amsterdam)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to the Netherlands:

From September 22, the quarantine rules for travel to the Netherlands will change. Vaccinated travelers from the United States, United Kingdom or other very high-risk areas no longer need to be quarantined. Vaccinated US guests must still present a negative PCR test conducted within 48 hours of departure to the Netherlands OR a negative Antigen test conducted within 24 hours of departure to the Netherlands.

Early morning September 3rd, the Netherlands’ government placed the United States in a category of countries that may have to quarantine upon arrival. At this time, our sailings have not been suspended and will still operate with modifications to the itinerary.

Please note, for travel to the Netherlands until September 21, vaccinated travelers from the United States, United Kingdom or other very high-risk areas currently need one of the following:

  • A negative PCR test result collected no more than 48 hours before departure to the Netherlands
  • OR
  • A negative Antigen test result collected no more than 24 hours before departure to the Netherlands

We will also be providing all guests with a support letter via email. You must have one of the above documents, your original CDC proof of Covid-19 vaccination (or equivalent), and your cruise and flight itineraries all printed out and ready to share as you arrive at the airport.

Travelers are required to present a Public Health Declaration which must be completed before your departing flight.

At this time, you will also be required to complete a Quarantine Declaration Form within 7 days of arriving into Amsterdam. You will need to tick the box that says “I fall into one of the exemption categories”. (Please note: you will not be asked to specify a category, however the category is “Staying in the Netherlands for a short period of time.”)

In accordance with the new regulations, for travel until September 21st, we have adjusted our itineraries. All guests impacted by these temporary regulations have been contacted. 

Additional Forms vary depending on the airline you are traveling with and guests must reconfirm with their airline 7 days before departure.

Czech Republic (Entry Airport: Prague)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to the Czech Republic:

US and Canadian travelers must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

For all guests, an electronic Personal Locator Form is also required. When filling out the form, be sure to type in the Czech word for Prague, “Praha” when entering the name of the city you will be visiting. You may need to translate the document into English by clicking on the upper righthand corner of your screen.

Additional tests or proof of vaccination may be required when entering a museum, attending a public event or checking into your hotel. Currently, KN95/FFP2 masks are mandatory in airports, on public transportation, and in shops.

For more information, click here.

Important Update Regarding Itineraries Ending in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Please note: If you have an itinerary embarking in September 2021 that include visits to the Netherlands, AmaWaterways will be facilitating mandatory PCR testing for US guests in Cologne, Germany within 48 hours of arrival to the Netherlands, for a nominal fee.

Switzerland (Entry Airport: Basel (BSL) / Zurich (ZRH))

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Switzerland:

Fully vaccinated travelers from the US and Canada must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination administered no more than 12 months before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Covishield), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

All US and Canadian travelers must provide an electronic Entry Form and complete the Contact Tracing Card.

Additional proof of vaccination may be required when entering a museum, restaurant, attending a public event or checking into your hotel.

For more information, click here.

Important Update Regarding Itineraries from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Please note: If you have an itinerary embarking in September 2021 that include visits to the Netherlands, AmaWaterways will be facilitating mandatory PCR testing for US guests in Cologne, Germany within 48 hours of arrival to the Netherlands, for a nominal fee.

Austria (Entry Airport: Vienna)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Austria:

US and Canadian travelers must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Please note: Guests cruising from Austria to Slovakia with AmaWaterways must submit this Registration Form upon arrival and provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Austria requires FFP2 masks to be worn on public transportation, including tour buses.

Travel and medical insurance that covers conditions including Covid-19 are strongly recommended for entry into Austria.

For more information, click here.

Romania (Entry Airport: Bucharest)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Romania:

US and Canadian travelers must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Travelers must submit a Passenger Questionnaire and a Health Declaration upon arrival.

Additional Forms vary depending on the airline you are traveling with and guests must reconfirm with their airline 7 days before departure.

For more information, click here.

Turkey (Entry Airport: Istanbul)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Turkey:

Travelers from the US and Canada must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Passengers may be subject to testing upon arrival in Turkey on the basis of sampling.

All passengers must fill out a Travel Entry Form within 72 hours of their flight to Turkey.

Additional proof of vaccination may be required when entering a museum, restaurant, attending a public event or checking into your hotel.

Additional Forms vary depending on the airline you are traveling with and guests must reconfirm with their airline 7 days before departure.

For more information, click here.

Egypt (Entry Airport: Cairo)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Egypt:

 All travelers must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. All passengers traveling to Egypt must also present a printed negative PCR test certificate on arrival. The test has to be issued no more than 72 hours before the flight to Egypt, or for those traveling from the USA or Canada, no more than 96 hours.

All passengers must present a Declaration Form upon arrival.

Please note: Travelers may be asked to provide proof of Medical Travel Insurance for the duration of your stay in Egypt upon arrival. We recommend you carry a printed copy of your Medical Travel Insurance with you upon entry. We strongly recommend guests purchase travel insurance with coverage for Covid-19 related expenses.

All US and Canadian guests require a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours prior to departure for their return flight from Egypt. AmaWaterways will be facilitating these tests on board our ships (guests will incur a nominal fee depending on the type of test required: RT-PCR or Antigen).

For the most up to date information, click here.

Jordan (Entry Airport: Amman)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Jordan:

Jordan entry regulations are changing frequently so it is important to check for updates. Passengers are required to visit this page prior to departure, complete the required form, and obtain the QR code which is mandatory to be presented prior to boarding and upon arrival.

All passengers must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to the first boarded flight to Jordan.

Passengers must submit a Passenger Health Declaration and Locator form before boarding their outbound flight to Amman which can be found on the Visit Jordan website.

Travel Insurance: Medical insurance with Covid-19 coverage is mandatory when traveling to Jordan. 

For the most up to date information, click here.

Israel (Entry Airport: Tel Aviv)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Israel:

Israel entry regulations are changing frequently so it is important to check for updates.

Due to airline schedule changes, we have had to suspend our post-Egypt land packages in Israel through the end of October 2021.

For the most up to date information, click here .

United Arab Emirates (Entry Airport: Dubai)

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to the United Arab Emirates:

All passengers traveling to Dubai from any point of origin must hold a printed negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate from a test taken no more than 72 hours from departure; Antigen tests will not be accepted. The negative PCR test must have a valid QR code.

All citizens will also require a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival into Egypt. AmaWaterways will facilitate these tests while you are in Dubai. (Guests will incur a nominal fee).

All travelers must download and register on the Covid-19 DXB Smart App. (iOS - Android)

Travel Insurance: Proof of Medical Travel Insurance with Covid-19 coverage is required to enter the country.

For the most up to date information, click here.

South Africa (Entry Airport: Cape Town (CPT)/Johannesburg or Tambo (JNB))

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to South Africa:

All international travelers must provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test conducted within 72 hours of departure.

Travel Insurance: Medical and travel insurance with Covid coverage is mandatory when traveling to South Africa. 

For the latest information, click here.

Zimbabwe (Entry Airport: Victoria Falls (VFL))

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Zimbabwe:

All international travelers arriving at either airport must provide valid certificate of a negative Covid-19 PCR test that is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and was obtained not more than 48 hours before departure. Travelers must present their test with the Trusted Traveler Initiative Platform or validate their test on the Global Haven site.

  • If the traveler uses an authorized Trusted Traveler laboratory in the country of departure for their COVID-19 PCR test, they will get a Trusted Travel code from the laboratory where the test was performed. You must create an account at panabios.org. This is where your results will be uploaded.
  • If the traveler is entering from a country that is not part of the Trusted Travel Initiative, the traveler will upload their negative COVID-19 test result to Global Haven (account creation required). A Travel Code will then be generated for travel.

AmaWaterways will be facilitating these tests (guests will incur a nominal fee depending on the type of test required).

Travel Insurance: Medical and travel insurance are strongly recommended when traveling to Zimbabwe.

For the latest information, click here.

Botswana (Entry Airport: Kasane (BBK))

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Botswana:

All international travelers must present a printed original test certificate of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, conducted within 72 hours of departure for Botswana. Guests must take a COVID-19 Antigen test on arrival.

All travelers must present a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours before their departure from Botswana. AmaWaterways will be facilitating these tests on board our ships (guests will incur a nominal fee).

Travel Insurance: Medical and travel insurance are strongly recommended when traveling to Botswana.

For the latest information, click here.

Kenya (Entry Airport: Nairobi (NBO))

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Kenya:

A negative Covid-19 PCR test is required and must be conducted within 96 hours prior to arrival. AmaWaterways will be facilitating these tests. Guests will incur a nominal fee. It is also mandatory for all passengers arriving in Kenya to complete the Travelers Health Surveillance Form.

Once completed, passengers will receive a QR code which will need to be shown to Immigration authorities.

Kenya has launched a Trusted Travel (TT) Initiative. Passengers are required to obtain a TT code for departure out of Kenya.

Travel Insurance: Medical and travel insurance are strongly recommended when traveling to Kenya.

For more information click here

Italy (Entry Airport: Milan Linate (LIN))

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Italy:

All US and Canadian guests must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to departure (for Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca [Covishield]) or 28 days (for Johnson & Johnson). Proof must be in Italian, English, French or Spanish and can be presented in digital or printed formats.

All US and Canadian travelers must also present a negative PCR or Antigen test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival into Italy. If you have reserved our optional post-cruise land package in Lake Como, AmaWaterways will facilitate these tests on board our ships for a nominal fee.

All travelers must fill out a digital Passenger Locator Form and a Self-Declaration Form.

Additional tests or proof of vaccination may be required when entering a museum, a restaurant, or attending a public event.

For more information, click here.

Belgium (Entry Airport: Amsterdam (AMS))

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel with AmaWaterways to Belgium:

The US is currently considered a “red zone” country. Travelers flying from the US and Canada will be required to present proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Vaccinated guests traveling from the US must get tested for Covid-19 on day 1 or 2 after arrival in Belgium. If the result is negative the quarantine is lifted. Guests must be tested again on day 7 after arrival in Belgium.

All US and Canadian residents coming or returning to Belgium, or traveling through Belgium, must fill out a Passenger Locator Form in advance (in the 48 hours before your arrival in Belgium). A self-assessment tool is integrated into the Passenger Locator Form.

For the most up to date information, click here.

Luxembourg (Entry Airport: Luxembourg (LUX))

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel to with AmaWaterways to Luxembourg:

All US and Canadian travelers must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Travel and medical insurance covering Covid-19 are strongly recommended for entry into Luxembourg.

For the most up to date information, click here.

Serbia

Effective immediately, AmaWaterways will only be welcoming guests who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on board its ships.

For your general information, below are the requirements for travel to with AmaWaterways to Serbia:

All travelers entering Serbia will require a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of their arrival. AmaWaterways will facilitate these tests on board our ships. Guests will incur a nominal fee.

For the more information, click here.