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Visa Requirements

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg, Russia

Visa and health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you check with a professionally qualified source and comply with such requirements. UK passport holders will need visas for certain Fred. Olsen cruise holidays and will be advised at the time of booking. Your cruise booking information will also detail any requirements applicable to your holiday.

It is the responsibility of all non-British passport holders to ensure that they are in possession of a valid passport and, where necessary, entry visas or permits for their chosen cruise. If you are unsure as to whether you are required to obtain such documents, you must contact the relevant Embassy or Consulate. Failure to comply with this request may result in refusal of carriage, or the imposition of individual fines by local immigration authorities.

CIBT, Fred. Olsen’s preferred visa provider, offer advice on specific visa requirements for your cruise holiday. For your convenience, CIBT’s online portal provides detailed visa information for specific cruises and visa application packs. Please visit www.cibtvisas.co.uk/fredolsencruises for more information. Alternatively, you can contact CIBT via their visa helpline on 0207 593 6223.

Depending on the passport you hold, there may be visa requirements for the cruise you have booked. As detailed in Your Contract with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, it is the responsibility of each guest on your booking to ensure they are in possession of all relevant travel documents for their cruise. Failure to comply with this may result in denied boarding and full loss of all monies paid, or the guest receiving any fines levied by relevant authorities. Please ensure you check your requirements before you travel to avoid unnecessary expense and inconvenience.

Please note: In certain ports of call (i.e. St Petersburg, Russia), it may be necessary for you to arrange a visitor’s visa for going ashore independently. Please refer to your confirmation invoice for further details. In St Petersburg, all passport holders participating in shore excursions organised by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are covered by a group visa.

The following information is correct at time of publishing and applies to holders of a full British Citizen passport only. Holders of any other type of passport, including British Subjects and other British Isles passports, should check with CIBT – our recommended visa provider – for details of specific requirements for their chosen cruise.

Visas/Entry Permits Obtained on Arrival

For your convenience, where it is possible to arrange visas or entry permits on arrival, we will obtain these on your behalf. Any charges levied for visas or entry permits will be automatically charged to your on board account, except where the entry visa must be purchased on arrival at the airport. The following information regarding visas and entry permits is correct at time of publishing, and is subject to change at any time.

Approx. Cost
Ascension IslandsLanding Fee£10
Cape Verde IslandsEntry Visa25 Euros
ColombiaVisitors PermitNo Charge
CubaTourist Card25 USD
Dominican RepublicTourist Card10 USD
EgyptEntry Visa25 USD
IsraelEntry CardNo Charge
JordanEntry Visa40JD
MadagascarTourism Visa27 Euros*
MaldivesEntry VisaNo Charge
Myanmar**Entry Visa50 USD
Papua New GuineaTourist VisaNo Charge
QatarMulti Entry WaiverNo Charge
SeychellesVisitors PermitNo Charge
TanzaniaTourist Visa50 USD
TongaVisitors VisaNo Charge
United Arab Emirates (UAE)Tourism PermitDH200

*If a call to Madagascar is less than 24 hours, guests will be issued a Tourism Visa free of charge.

**For Entry Visas in Myanmar, you are required to produce two passport-style photos of yourself in order for your visa to be processed.

Visas Obtained in Advance of Travel

For cruises that visit the following countries, all holders of a British passport are required to be in possession of the relevant entry visa prior to travel.

Useful Information
United States of America (USA)

British Citizens are required to be in possession of an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). This may be obtained at the official website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

Please note: You must print a copy for the electronic ESTA confirmation and produce it at embarkation in order to board the ship.

British Subjects are required to obtain an entry visa.


 All guests wishing to go ashore independently of Fred. Olsen’s organised tours whilst in Russia must be in possession of a valid entry visa, regardless of the guest’s nationality. You can obtain information on how to apply for a visa at http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk


All British passport holders are required to be in possession of an entry visa for Australia. British Citizens, excluding passports endorsed with British Subject or British National (Overseas) and most EU nationals can apply on-line for a free "e-visitor".

However, guests with non-EU passports (including British National (Overseas)) will need to apply on-line for an "ETA-Electronic Travel Authority" which costs approximately GBP13 (AUD 20) per person.

Some nationalities including British Subjects may be required to obtain a tourist visa. For full details visit www.eta.immi.gov.au

Sri Lanka

All British passport holders are required to be in possession of an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for Sri Lanka. You can obtain information on how to apply for an ETA on the Sri Lanka ETA website www.eta.gov.lk.

Please be advised that all guests embarking or disembarking a cruise in Sri Lanka must be possession of the full tourist ETA valid for 30 days. The free of charge transit ETA is not accepted for embarking or disembarking guests, it is only valid if Sri Lanka is a port of call within your cruise.


All British passport holders are required to be in possession of a multiple entry tourist visa for India. You can obtain information on how to apply for a visa on the Indian High Commission website at www.hcilondon.in 

If applying for an e-visa, please be aware that this will be valid for four months from date of issue. It is important that you do not apply too early as the validity of the visa must cover the date of the last port of call in India. Please note: the Indian port of Porbandar and Port Blair, Andaman Islands, do not accept e-visa's, so full tourist visas are required. So, if the India portion of your cruise starts in Porbandar or Port Blair, you cannot travel on an e-Visa.  CIBT can assist with both e-visas and standard tourist visas. Visit www.cibtvisas.co.uk/fredolsencruises for more information.

The e-visa is valid for 120 days from the date of issue, for a stay of up to 60 days, so please ensure that you do not apply any earlier than 4 months prior to the date of arrival into India. The e-visa charge for UK citizens is currently £54.

Tourist visas
The tourist visa is valid for one year from the date of issue, for a stay of up to 180 days, so please ensure that you do not apply any earlier than one year prior to the date of arrival into India. The e-visa charge for UK citizens is currently £113.

Please note the above fees exclude charges from visa processing companies such as CIBT.

Schengen Visa: Non-European passport holders may require a Schengen Visa for entry into Continental Europe. The United Kingdom is not a Schengen State member*. British Citizen passport holders do not require a Schengen Visa. Please ensure you check your entry requirements for Europe prior to travel.

*Schengen State members are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

For all other countries, please contact the relevant embassy for details.