Viking Health & Safety Program

Your health and wellbeing are always our top priority. As the world’s leading exploration company, Viking takes you closer to the heart of the places you want to visit. For more than 25 years, we have always had the highest standards for health and cleanliness.

At Home

Travel Protection Plan

As you prepare for your upcoming voyage, we recommend you consider purchasing a Travel Protection Plan, which covers unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, including any necessary medical, quarantine or repatriation expenses related to any illness.

Viking offers a Travel Protection Plan, administered by Trip Mate, a Generali Global Assistance & Insurance Services brand. Plan details can be found here.


As you prepare for your journey, we encourage you to prioritize your health and the health of those around you. Although not required, Viking recommends that you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines ahead of your departure and as recommended by your healthcare provider.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers comprehensive guidelines to ensure you are protected from contracting and spreading contagious diseases to your fellow travelers, your ship’s crew and the communities you will visit along your voyage.

Travel Requirements

As your trip nears, ensure you understand the travel requirements for countries along your voyage.

Some countries require vaccinations to visit. Be sure you are aware and have planned for all relevant vaccine requirements.

On Board

Small Ships

Our Switzerland-registered river vessels host just 190 or fewer guests; our fleet of Norwegian-registered all-veranda ocean ships and all-Nordic Balcony expedition ships host only 930 guests and 378-guests, respectively. And with no interior staterooms on any of our ships, guests enjoy expansive views from outside staterooms.

Purified Air

Enjoy fresh air in your stateroom, knowing that all staterooms on Viking ocean, river and expedition ships feature independent air handling units that do not share air with other areas of the ship. Take comfort in knowing that the air in the public areas of your ship has also been purified with high-density filters, which kill 99% of all airborne viruses and bacteria.

Medical Services

While every precaution can reduce the risk of illness, we are also prepared for that outcome. Our ocean and expedition vessels and the Viking Mississippi have state-of-the-art Medical Centers. While onboard our other river vessels, guests can seek medical guidance via a 24/7 hotline staffed by doctors ashore that can be accessed through the ship’s dedicated online portal or by phone.


Rest assured that the surfaces on your ship will be cleaned and sanitized continuously with daily scheduled deep cleanings.

Aquavit Terrace at dawn

Dining & Entertainment

On your ship, you can expect spacious, airy public areas and abundant options for al fresco dining. Also, on our ocean and expedition voyages, as always, you can enjoy complimentary 24-hour room service. Should you choose to do so, the ship is equipped with capabilities that allow you to watch live events and enriching content through your in-room entertainment system.

Spa & Fitness

On ocean and expedition voyages, The Spa and Fitness Center undergo rigorous cleaning and frequent sanitization.

On Shore

Local Partner Training

As part of the Viking Health & Safety Program, we regularly train our local partners, including motor coach drivers and tour guides. While ashore, Viking’s measures will always meet or exceed local guidelines.

Viking Health & Safety Program – Updated November 1, 2023

The information included here should be considered current for all guests. Specific protocols and procedures may evolve over time to adapt to various conditions or travel regulations in the destinations in which we operate. Please continue to check this site for the most up-to-date version of the Viking Health & Safety Program.