Below is a list of frequently asked questions related to the Viking Health & Safety Program. Should you have additional questions about your voyage, please visit the Viking Expedition Cruises FAQ.

Health & Safety


All Viking crew will be tested at the same or higher frequency as our guests.

Yes, all Viking crew members are vaccinated.

Yes, Viking requires all guests to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to departure. For added protection, we strongly recommend that guests who are eligible for a booster receive one before they travel.

Viking requires that all guests take a pre-departure COVID-19 test. For your convenience, Viking offers two ways of testing prior to departure; for either, you must travel with an electronic or printed copy of your negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Guests may take a COVID-19 PCR test (with a laboratory-certified proof of negative result) within 72 hours prior to boarding your first outbound flight from your home country OR 
  • Guests may take a COVID-19 antigen test (with a laboratory-certified proof of negative result) within 24 hours prior to boarding your first outbound flight from your home country.
If you are traveling independently outside of your home country, you must take a COVID-19 test prior to your first Viking activity (embarking ship or joining pre-cruise extension).
  • You may take a COVID-19 PCR test (with a laboratory-certified proof of negative result ) no more than 72 hours prior to your first Viking activity OR 
  • You may take a COVID-19 antigen test (with a laboratory-certified proof of negative result) no more than 24 hours prior to your first Viking activity.
This may involve arranging a test independently in the country you are visiting.

Please see the Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test section for more details.

Guests may explore independently while following requirements in the country they are visiting. While conditions have stabilized, allowing for independent exploration, they may change and vary by country.

Our fleet of modern, small ocean and river ships feature independent air handling units, which means each stateroom has “fresh” external air that is not shared with other staterooms or public spaces. Just like in a hospital, we have also designed a solution to implement short-wavelength ultraviolet (or UV-C) lights and new high-density filters that will sanitize the air on our vessels. This solution will ensure that:

  • 99.99% of viruses and bacteria in the air are killed.
  • We maximize the possible number of air changes.
  • We provide a risk-free solution for the crew when cleaning filters, as viruses are killed and not simply trapped in the filters.

To sail with Viking, guests will need to provide proof that they are “fully vaccinated”: received their second dose in a two-shot series (i.e., Pfizer or Moderna) or single dose of J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel.

For added protection, Viking strongly recommends that guests be “up to date” with their immunizations. If they are eligible to receive their booster dose, they should receive it prior to travel.

Proof of vaccination will be certified through VeriFLY. Guests will receive information and detailed instructions within 30 days of departure.

Every stateroom is cleaned and sanitized daily. In addition, every stateroom goes through a “deep-cleaning” sanitization process between each cruise.

Restaurants are sanitized between every service; all other public spaces are fully sanitized at a minimum every 24 hours, with high touchpoints sanitized more frequently every day.

Quick and easy PCR tests will be conducted prior to embarkation and up to daily throughout an itinerary, dependent on prevalence levels from both our guests’ country of origin and the destinations to which we will sail.

If you have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection during the past 10–90 days and you have either a physician certificate of recovery or a positive PCR test result from within the time window, you will be permitted to travel with Viking. We ask that you bring your letter of recovery with you during your travels.  

Please Note: You should also check with your airline for any specific requirements to travel.

Our Viking Health & Safety Program is the same across our fleet of ocean and river vessels. Viking ocean and river ships, however, differ in size and number of venues. As such, guests traveling on either an ocean or river ship may experience minor day-to-day variations in how we implement our overall program.

Guests with a positive COVID-19 test at embarkation may be isolated on board or ashore—depending on local guidelines and symptoms, if any. Should the destination where the ship embarks require those who test positive be disembarked—or should guest choose to isolate ashore—Viking will arrange for the guest to recover ashore before returning home once their recovery is complete. Upon their return home, Viking Customer Relations will contact the guest and their travel advisor directly regarding any necessary refunding or rescheduling.

Guests with a positive COVID-19 test may be isolated on board or ashore—depending on local guidelines and symptoms, if any. Should the destination where the ship is located require those who test positive be disembarked—or should guest choose to isolate ashore—Viking will arrange for the guest to recover ashore before returning home once their recovery is complete. Upon their return home, Viking Customer Relations will contact the guest and their travel advisor directly regarding any necessary refunding or rescheduling.

Please Note: Guests who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 10–90 days should bring either a physician certificate of recovery or a positive PCR test result from within that time window.

Viking’s policy is that close contacts who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine. This policy is in line with current CDC guidelines. However, a different approach may be required when in a destination, depending on the local situation at the time.

Viking’s Health & Safety Program is focused on the prevention and mitigation of COVID-19. Our research shows that because Viking will test all guests and crew daily, the risk of a large number of guests or crew falling ill is very low. However, we plan for all scenarios—and we have contingency plans in place should this unlikely scenario arise.

Viking recommends that guests wear masks while ashore. If a destination requires masks be worn, onboard staff and local guides will confirm the local requirements. Local guides and motorcoach drivers are required to wear a face mask at all times.

Once you receive a negative result from your embarkation PCR test, face masks are optional while moving about the ship. Please note: Viking’s Medical Team continually monitors conditions and may deem face masks to be necessary while moving about the ship, based on conditions at the time of travel.

We have set up all of our public spaces, including restaurants and lounges, for appropriate social distancing.

Viking will use PCR testing, as this is considered the best type of test to detect the virus. The quick and easy non-invasive PCR test will be conducted by simple saliva sample in a small plastic tube, delivered to guests in their stateroom. After guests provide the saliva sample in the tube, they will package the tube in a provided plastic pouch, and a crew member will collect the sample for processing.