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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 of boarding their first outbound flight from their home country.

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.

It is important to note that while Viking requires a test taken 72 hours prior to departure, some countries have different testing requirements for entry. 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


* Express Test (“Test Providers”) offer Viking guests a discount on Covid-19 tests.

Please note that the Test Providers are wholly independent of Viking River Cruises UK Ltd and its associated group companies (“Viking”) and Viking gives no guarantees, warranties or representations in respect of the services offered by each of the Test Providers and shall not be liable for any losses or other expenses incurred by guests with Test Providers.

Any contract for the supply of tests to guests by any Test Provider will be direct between the relevant guests and the relevant Test Provider and guests will be entirely responsible for making any payments due direct to the relevant provider.

In the circumstances, any issues with regard to the provision of test results (including any delay in the receipt of test results) should be taken up by guests direct with the relevant provider.