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For booking your journey with the shipping company Doehle, please send back the following documents filled-out and signed best by email or fax:

  • Booking Form
  • Passport: Send us a copy of your passport valid at least six months counting from voyage commencement.

After receiving your booking forms, we will send you the booking confirmation and invoice whereupon a deposit of 25% is due. The balance is payable until 2 months prior departure. 
If you pay from outside the EURO-zone, paying by credit card might be the cheapest option. But still we have to charge a non-refundable credit card fee of 2.5%.


Further Documents required not later than 21 days prior departure:

  • Medical Certificate (not earlier than 30 days prior departure): For Passengers of 65 years or older. Passengers from 79 years on will need as well a medical certificate at the time of booking.
  • Passage Contract/ Ticket: You will receive this after payment. Please sign the first page, send it back immediately and take the printed version with you on board. This is your ticket and has to be shown upon request.
  • Covid-19 vaccination completed (max. 6 months old/ otherwise booster or recovered) is obligatory. Please send us a copy of your international vaccination pass (or the QR-code).
  • International health insurance: Send us a copy of your Travel Health Insurance (with your name and contract number) including the Insurance Declaration.  
  • Copy of your Visa and onward- or return ticket (depending on your destination). With this shipping company the US-B1/B2-Visa is required to enter the US.
  • Let us know, if you plan to bring your bike
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination (obligatory in Latin America, Suez Canal and South Africa): Consider, that the regulations of the shipping company and ports may vary from those of the WHO. In some cases a Yellow Fever Exemption due to medical reasons might be accepted (not in Latin America).


Embarkation:

  • At the time of embarkation you need to show a negative covid antigen test, which is not older than 24 hours.
  • The Passage Contract/ Ticket is your ticket and has to be shown on board upon request.


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Coronavirus/ Covid-19:

  • Booking are subject to change as the voyages may have to be cancelled (free of charge by the shipping company) due to changes of the coronavirus situation.
  • It is possible that the exact travel conditions concerning the coronavirus may change until your actual departure.
  • Due to restrictions of the coronavirus going ashore during lay times in the ports may not be possible. It is imperative to follow the instructions of the captain or officer in charge.


Without these documents the shipping company will not be able to issue the travel documents. Please take those required documents with you on board. You will recieve your travel documents about 10 days prior departure.

You will travel on a modern Containership. Please keep in mind, that the freight on board has to be handled with first priority and therefore ports of call can be changed or cancelled in a few cases on short notice. A freighter navigates based on a fixed schedule, however there can always be changes. Therefore we advise strongly to plan your arrival at the port of embarkation and the departure from the port of disembarkation flexible and to consider this when you book your tickets to or from the port. In rare cases even the cancellation of the trip is possible.

The lay time in the ports may take in most cases 8-12 hours and in a few cases up to 2 or even 3 days.

Generally there should be enough time for excursions and sightseeing for going ashore during shore leaves. The captain, the crew or the port agent are certainly happy to give recommendations.

On the day of your arrival it will probably be very busy on board as there might be a crew change, caterers and employees of the shipping company and port agents or other authorities are visiting the ship. During this time it could happen, that the captain and officers cannot welcome you, show you around or even answer your questions. But when there is less hectic this will be done. We kindly ask for your understanding! You will see, once you have left the shore a routine on board will appear.