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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 Ocean 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, all Viking sailings are available exclusively for fully vaccinated guests, until further notice.

Effective January 15, 2022, Viking will require that all guests take a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours prior to boarding their first outbound flight from their home country.

If you are traveling independently outside of your home country, you must take a PCR test no more than 48 hours prior to your first Viking activity (embarking ship or joining pre-cruise extension). This may involve arranging a test independently in the country you are visiting.

To minimize potential virus exposure to you, your fellow travelers, our crew and the communities we visit—and in partnership with the port authorities in the destinations we visit—all exploration ashore will be with Viking-offered shore excursions for departures in January and February. We will offer an expanded range of curated shore excursions, including sightseeing, special interest and active tours, hosted by experienced guides. (At this time, we expect that independent exploration will resume in March 2022.)

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.

If the country to which you are traveling accepts antigen tests to enter, and their requirement is within 48 hours of traveling to it, Viking will accept a negative antigen test result if you are going directly to the ship. You do not need to take a second test to meet the Viking testing requirement. 

However, if you are staying in or traveling in the country ahead of embarking your Viking ship (or beginning a Viking pre-extension), you must have a PCR test taken within 48 hours of your first Viking encounter. This may require that you take a PCR test in the country you are visiting.

Yes, our Travel Protection Plan helps protect you from many unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, which could include necessary medical, quarantine or repatriation expenses related to COVID-19.

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.

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.

For guests with a positive COVID-19 test at embarkation, Viking will arrange for them 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 will be isolated on board and then disembarked at the first opportunity for quarantine at an appropriate facility ashore. A second test will be performed to validate the first test. If the second test confirms COVID-19, we 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.

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 may require guests and staff to wear a face mask while ashore, depending on local requirements.

Face masks may be required for all guests and crew while moving about the ship, depending on conditions at time of sailing.

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.