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COVID-19 travel information

International and domestic cruises have returned and are now successfully sailing with newly introduced safety measures to ensure your cruise is safe. Flexible booking policies are also still in place, so you can have the confidence and peace of mind when making your booking.  

Vaccination and testing policies have been introduced across every cruise line. More information can be found in the cruise line information pages on our website. For international cruises there are also additional destination entry requirements and government policies for returning to the UK to consider. This is required for all cruises travelling internationally, even if you do not take a flight.

For further queries relating to the below information and other coronavirus-related questions, please see our dedicated FAQs section.

 

Vaccinations

Most cruise lines now require all guests to be double vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing. Proof of your double vaccination status will be required for boarding and must be from an approved source, like the NHS Covid Pass. You will also need to consider the vaccination policy for any international countries you are visiting. 

Vaccination requirements for each cruise line

Cruise Line

Cruise

Double vaccination required over 18

Double vaccination required under 18

More information

P&O Cruises

Sailings to the Caribbean to 31 March 2022

YES

YES

P&O Cruises policy

All other sailings to 27 March 2022

YES

NO

Cunard

To 17 Apr 2022 on Queen Mary 2

To 17 May 2022 on Queen Elizabeth

YES

YES

Cunard policy

Princess Cruises

All sailings from the USA

YES

YES

Princess Cruises policy

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Sailing from USA

YES

YES for 12 years and older

Royal Caribbean policy

Sailing from Barbados

YES

YES for 12 years and older

Celebrity Cruises

Sailing from USA

YES

YES

Celebrity Cruises policy

MSC Cruises

All sailings

YES

YES for 12 years and older

MSC Cruises policy

Norwegian Cruise Line

All sailings

YES

YES

Norwegian Cruise Line policy

Marella Cruises

Sailing from Barbados

YES

YES

Marella Cruises policy

Other Sailing departing up to 30 April 2022

YES

YES for 16 years and older

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

All 2021 sailings

YES

YES

Fred. Olsen Cruises policy

Saga Cruises

All sailings

YES

N/A

Saga Cruises policy

Disney Cruise Line

All sailings from 13 Jan 22

YES

Yes for 5+ (US eligibility)

Disney Cruise Line policy

Virgin Voyages

All sailings

YES

N/A

Virgin Voyages policy

Hurtigruten

All sailings

NO

NO

Hurtigruten policy

Azamara

All sailings

YES

Yes

Azamara Cruises policy

 

Testing requirements 

There are additional testing requirements at three or four stages of your holiday. You will need to meet requirments for all stages. 

  1. Before you board your flight (fly cruises only) (PCR or lateral flow depending on the country requirements - see below
  2. Before you board your cruise ship (PCR or lateral flow depending on the cruise line requirements - see below) 
  3. Pre-departure lateral flow or PCR test required within 48hrs of returning to the UK required for all arrivals from Tuesday 7th December 2021
  4. Return home PCR test after you return home to the UK - updated 27/11/2021

There may be additional testing required when you leave the ship in port.

1. Testing requirements: destination entry requirments for fly cruises

If you are flying internaionally to join your cruise then you will need to consider the entry requirments for the country you are arriving into. This includes vaccination, testing and documentation requirments set out by each individual country. For any country not listed below please check the government FCO site for details. For international no-fly cruises sailing out of the UK, your cruise line will provide information for you regarding entry requirments for countries being visited on your cruise. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully.

Country

Vaccination requirements for no quarantine

Testing requirements

Documentation requirements

Italy

Travellers from the UK can enter Italy without being required to quarantine if you have proof of double vaccination. Children under 18 will not be required to quarantine if (for those over the age of 6) they have a negative PCR or antigen test.

You must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before travel. Children under 6 are exempt from testing.

Before travelling you must complete an Passenger Locator Form.

Spain

From 01 Dec 2021: The Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK (excluding children under the age of 12 years old) to present on entry proof of being fully vaccinated (with both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine) at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.  

All passengers must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel.

Greece

No quarantine required for visitors who can provide proof of a double vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival. Non-vaccinated visitors over the age of 12 must provide a negative test result.

Unvaccinated visitors over the age of 12 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece; or Proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before your arrival into Greece.

Before arrival you must complete a Passenger Locator Form

Barbados

No quarantine required for visitors who can provide proof of a double vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival.

All visitors must present on arrival a valid COVID-19 PCR negative test result taken no more than 72 hours in advance of your arrival. Cruise lines will have PCR tests available to purchase onboard if you are already sailing in this 72 hour period.

Before arrival you must complete a Passenger Locator Form

USA There is no quarantine required for visitors who can provide proof of a double vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival. All visitors must present on arrival a valid COVID-19 PCR negative test result taken no more than 72 hours in advance of your arrival.  
Dubai Not required Visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in. These need to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Travellers will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Children under the age of 12 will be exempted from the test requirement. Not required

2. Testing requirements: Boarding your cruise

Cruise Line

Cruise

Details

P&O Cruises

All sailings to the Caribbean including visiting Barbados

All guests on a Caribbean fly-cruise will need to organise a private PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel. They will present the negative PCR result at the airport as well as complete a complimentary antigen test at the airport (that will be organised by P&O Cruises). Results for the antigen test can take up to an hour so please leave plenty of time. For guests setting sail in Southampton for a Caribbean cruise, they will complete a complimentary antigen test at the terminal and must pay for a PCR test on board within 72 hours of arriving in the Caribbean.

Other Sailings to 27 March 2022

If you are travelling with children aged between 5 and 17 years old who are not vaccinated, they will need to take a PCR test within 120 hours prior to travelling to the terminal (the cost of which will be complimentary). Please register with P&O's service provider, Prenetics, and order a PCR pre-cruise testing kit for every unvaccinated guest aged between 5 and 17 years on your booking. Registration opens five weeks before sailing and closes six days before your embarkation date.

Cunard

To 17 Apr 2022 on Queen Mary 2

To 17 May 2022 on Queen Elizabeth


Complimentary pre-embarkation Covid-19 tests will be required at the terminal.

Princess Cruises

All sailings from the USA

All guests are required to take a PCR or antigen test 48 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included.

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Sailing from USA

All guests over 2 years old are required to take a PCR or antigen test 48 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is complimentary. Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding day. Kids’ pre-cruise test cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.Guests will be required to take an antigen test at the port before departure. This test will be provided for you by the cruise line.

Guests under the age of 2 have no testing requirement.

Sailing from Barbados Unvaccinated guests aged 2 - 11 are required to take a PCR test 72 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Guests under 2 years of age do not have any testing requirements to board the ship. Guests will be required to take an antigen test before departure. This test will be arranged for you by the cruise line.

Celebrity Cruises

Sailing from USA

Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older are required to take a PCR or antigen test 48 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Unvaccinated guests aged 2 - 11 are required to take a PCR or antigen test 72 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included.Please note, the CDC has advised unvaccinated guests cannot be tested twice in one day as it may affect the accuracy of the test results, therefore the COVID-19 test required before arriving at the terminal cannot be taken on boarding day. Additional test will be administered onboard, free of charge if required for homeport, or home country re-entry. Guests will be required to take an antigen test before departure. This test will be arranged for you by the cruise line.

MSC Cruises

Northern Europe

All guests over 2 years old will need to show results of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before embarkation. All guests over the age of 2 will also have to undergo an antigen test at the terminal upon embarkation, as well as a second test during the cruise.

Mediterranean All guests over 2 years old will need to show results of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours before embarkation. All guests over the age of 2 will also have to undergo an antigen test at the terminal upon embarkation, as well as a second test during the cruise.
Caribbean All guests aged 2 and older are required to take a PCR test 72 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Guests will be required to take an antigen test before departure. This test will be arranged for you by the cruise line.

Norwegian Cruise Line

All sailings

Guests will be required to take an antigen test before departure. This test will be provided for you.
From 17 January 2022, guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result at least 48hrs prior to boarding for cruises originating in a U.S. port and at least three calendar days prior for cruises departing from a non-U.S. port. The COVID-19 antigen or PCR test must be administered by a verified third party.

Marella Cruises

All sailings

All guests are required to take a antigen test after 21:00 the day before you are due to fly, but before checking-in for your outbound flight at your UK airport and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

All sailings

Negative lateral flow test required before boarding. Provided at the port by the cruise line.

Saga Cruises

All sailings

Negative lateral flow test required before boarding. Provided at the port by the cruise line.

Disney Cruise Line

All sailings from 13 Jan 22 Guests under 5 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours prior to the date you set sail. The test should be a rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. All guests, regardless of age and vaccination status, are also required to take a COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal before boarding.

Virgin Voyages

All sailings

 

In order to board at port , every Sailor will be tested for COVID prior to getting on the ship, and the rapid antigen tests take about 15-20 minutes to get a result. Virgin Voyages will pick up the cost of the tests so that they are free of charge to all Sailors.

You will also be required to fill in a pre-embarkation health declaration form before you board. Requirements vary from cruise line to cruise line, but all passengers will be advised prior to travel in case of any amends. More information can be found on the cruise line pages and please check the cruise line’s website for the latest information

3. Testing requirements: Pre-departure lateral flow or PCR test  - updated 4/12/2021

From 7th December 2021 all travellers returning to the UK from abroad must present a negative lateral flow or PCR test taken within 48hrs before arriving back in the UK. Cruise lines have tests available to purchase onboard or you can purchase and pack your own test to take with you.  

4. Testing requirements: Return Home PCR test (by Day 2) - updated 27/11/2021

If you are fully vaccinated and returning from non-red status country you will also need to pre-book a PCR test to take by day 2 of your return to the UK even if you do not take a flight. This must be booked before you depart the UK and proof of booking and purchase must be provided. The test must be booked through a government approved provider. For fast results we recommend using a company like Chronomics who can send you a kit and provide quick results online. There may also be services available at your UK arrival airport. You will need to self-isolate until a negative test result is produced. 

Other documentation to check

  • Passport: You will need a minimum of 6 months validity on your passport
  • COVID-19 specific insurance. The following cruise lines require proof of specific COVD-19 coverage in your policy
    • P&O Cruises
    • Cunard
    • Princess
    • Azamara Cruises
    • Marella Cruises
    • MSC Cruises

Going ashore

In most cases you will be able to go ashore on your cruise however, as each destination has varying health protocols, local restrictions may mean you can only go ashore if booked onto a cruise line run shore excursion. Your cruise line will provided further detail on shore excursions closer to your departure however it is recommended that you book onto shore excursions as soon as possible. Your cruise line will advise you of any vaccination and/or testing requirements for any countries being visited.