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Viking requires all guests take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure

Viking is committed to doing all we can to ensure you are healthy and well prepared for international travel—and that you will be able to arrive in your destination and embark your ship without incident. Viking requires all guests to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours (48 hours effective for departures beginning January 15, 2022) of boarding their first outbound flight from their home country.

Please Note: Some countries have different testing requirements for entry and for boarding a cruise ship. If you are currently booked on a Viking voyage, please read the Pre-Cruise Requirements found under the Resources tab of your itinerary page on the Viking website and follow all guidelines that Viking provides via email and on

PCR tests are considered the gold standard for COVID-19 compared to antigen “rapid” tests; as such, PCR is also Viking’s diagnostics platform for testing on board our vessels. Traveling with a copy of your negative PCR test result is an added layer of protection for you and your fellow travelers—and will be required for embarkation on your Viking ship.

To find a testing location near you, follow the link* below. Please note:

  • When selecting a testing location, make sure it provides COVID-19 PCR tests.
  • Call the testing location before you schedule an appointment to confirm it can deliver the test result prior to your departure.
  • There may be a charge at some testing locations.

*Testing recommendations are provided and maintained by independent organizations. Neither is affiliated with Viking.