Passport, Visa & Entry Requirements

Package: Athens & 4 Day Greek Isles Cruise
Entry requirements are provided for your convenience. However, unless otherwise stated, it is your responsibility to determine the requirements that apply to you and your trip and to comply with them, including obtaining any necessary visas or other travel documents by the required deadlines and carrying them with you. Especially with COVID-19, requirements are subject to change, so check back for the latest before you depart.
Please note: Celestyal Cruise Line requires a negative PCR test result taken not more than 72 hours prior to your cruise embarkation regardless of vaccination status. A cruise-specific Public Health Questionnaire is also required to be filled out no earlier than 24 hours prior to sailing and will be provided in the final documents.  See below for more information.

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U.S. citizens must have a visa for entry into Turkey. Turkey visas must be obtained prior to departure. Have a passport from another country? Please review the visa requirements.

U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey by cruise ship and disembark for shore excursions may enter Turkey without a visa for a maximum period of 72 hours. U.S. passport holders entering Turkey via Istanbul International Airport (or any other border crossing), may obtain their Turkey visa online through www.evisa.gov.tr or through a fee based visa service such as our preferred provider, Visa HQ. A printed receipt must be presented to immigration control upon arrival as a proof of payment. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

We will send visa instructions for U.S. passport holders.

COVID-19 Entry Requirements

  • Vaccinated travelers may enter Turkey without a PCR test if they present a vaccination certificate stating the vaccination was completed more than 14 days prior to arriving in Turkey.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers must present printed proof of a PCR negative test result made no more than 72 hours before arrival to Turkey or a negative rapid antigen test result made no more than 48 hours before arrival to Turkey. 
  • All travelers entering Turkey must also complete the online Travel Entry Form at least 72 hours before the flight. 

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General Requirements & Guidelines

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  • In general, you must have a passport to travel abroad, which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible. Passports contain at least 2 blank pages for each country visited. If your passport does not have this many pages, obtain a new passport as soon as possible.
  • if your passport and visa are not in order, airlines and cruise ships may deny boarding, countries may deny entry, and your trip may be disrupted. Travel insurance may not cover such losses.
  • Any changes in names or passport information should be reported to us immediately. Airlines and cruise ships may deny boarding if the name on your passport does not match your tickets.
  • Minors (age 17 or younger) departing and/or returning to the U.S. without parents or with only one parent may be required by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to present a notarized parental consent letter and/or unabridged birth certificate (more information). Many other countries have similar entry requirements, especially for minors traveling with a parent/guardian with a different surname; check with the consulates of all countries you'll be visiting to learn more.
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