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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 River Cruises FAQ.

Health & Safety FAQ


No, Viking does not require our guests to take a COVID-19 test before traveling. However, we highly recommend that guests get tested before traveling if they show any flu-like symptoms in the days prior to departure or if they are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19.

Viking will use FDA- and CE-approved PCR testing, as this is considered the best type of test to detect the virus. The quick and easy 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.

Quick and easy PCR tests will be conducted prior to embarkation and on an ongoing, regular basis throughout an itinerary, dependent on prevalence levels from both our guests’ country of origin and the destinations to which we will sail. At least initially, we expect to conduct daily testing.

All Viking crew will be tested at the same or higher frequency as our guests.

Guests with a positive COVID-19 test at embarkation will be given a second test to validate the first. If the second test confirms COVID-19, Viking 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

We have set up all of our public spaces, including restaurants and lounges, for appropriate social distancing.

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.