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Travel Resumption

Travel to the U.S. - Latest Travel Requirement Update 15.10.21

The U.S. Government announced on the 15th October that they will lift travel restrictions from 8th November for foreign citizens who are fully vaccinated with any Covid-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Further information on how this will be implemented at U.S. borders is yet to be updated. Gov.uk has advised that British nationals planning to travel the U.S. from 8th November 2021 may wish to wait for further advice to be issued. Full details are shared here

Latest Travel Requirements - Valid from 24th October 2021

From 24th October 2021, fully vaccinated travellers can now take a lateral flow test on or before day two of their UK return from a non-red list country, instead of opting for the PCR test.

People will be able to take photographs of their negative lateral flow results and booking reference supplied by the provider and send it back.

Travellers can book the tests, which still have to be bought privately, from 22nd October when a list of approved private providers will be posted on gov.uk

Travel Requirements - Valid from 4th October 2021

The latest updates for international travel to England come into effect on Monday 4th October 2021. The requirements for countries not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status and what the destination country requires.

Travel into England (from countries not on red list)

From 4th October 2021, if you are travelling from the rest of the world into England and have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days (proven either digitally or paper format) you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and arrange to take a COVID-19 test either on or before day 2 after arrival into England (at your own expense).

You will no longer be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test, take a day 8 Covid-19 test or quarantine for 10 days after arriving in England.

If you are not fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or do not qualify under the vaccination rules in place, you must take a pre-departure COVID-19 test 3 days before you travel to England, book and pay for the day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests after arrival in England and a passenger locator form must be completed any time within 48 hours before you arrive in England. You must also quarantine in the place you are staying for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of arrival in England.

Travelling Abroad from England

Before travelling ensure the country you are travelling to is allowing people from England to enter and whether they are accepting essential travel only.

By checking the countries COVID regulations this will inform you whether you need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of your vaccination status to enter, as well as whether you are required to quarantine on arrival.

Requirements valid from 4th October 2021

This guidance provides information on the traffic light system and how it will work to allow travel to resume in 2021, along with the requirements for PCR and Antigen testing by GOV.uk and all cruise lines.

In addition to the requirements below, we advise that you check the our travel advice and requirements here.

Travel Requirements

Measure Fully Vaccinated* Not Fully Vaccinated
Passenger Locator Form Yes Yes
Test Before Travel To England No Yes - take a COVID-19 test in the three days before travel to England
Quarantine No For up to 10 days at home or in the place you're staying
Test Once Arrived In England Yes - take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. Yes - take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8. These must be booked ahead of your travel.
Test to Release N/A If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

*With an approved vaccine and recognised certificate.

N.B. There may be additional charges applicable to pre- and post-departure testing.

Passenger Locator Form

If you’re travelling on a cruise that lasts 19 days or less, you can submit the form in the 48 hours before boarding. If your cruise is longer, you can submit the form while travelling.

Travel Alerts

You can sign up for travel alerts and destination specific information at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. This includes any visa requirements, entry restrictions, screening or quarantine requirements for your destination.

We advise you to monitor the requirements throughout the period leading up to your holiday and specifically at the following intervals:

  • Before and at the time of booking
  • When you receive and check your tickets
  • Two weeks before departure
  • One week before departure
  • 48 hours before departure
  • 48 hours before your return to the UK

To keep up-to-date with the latest information, please visit:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Cruise Line Requirements

Updated 19.08.2021

Please check your cruise line for the conditions of travel. These requirements are in addition to any requirements of the destination country of travel.

We advise you to take out adequate travel insurance at the time of booking your holiday. Cruise lines require all passengers to have adequate travel insurance covering medical and repatriation and boarding could be refused if evidence of travel insurance cannot be provided. To get an online quote for travel insurance, you can visit First Travel or Rush Insurance to arrange suitable cover. These are suggested referrals only and Cruise118.com does not recommend any specific insurance companies.

Cruise lines have specific requirements for travel insurance please refer to your cruise lines’ terms and conditions or visit our latest Cruise Line Protocols here, for more information.

Where proof of vaccination is required, this can be accessed via the new NHS app. Click here for full details.

Cruise Line Vaccination Requirements Medical Questionnaire Testing Requirements
Celebrity Cruises All guests aged 18 or over are required to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel and to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire before travel All guests are required to present a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days prior to sailing. Additionally, all guests aged 17 and under will be required to take an antigen test at the terminal and prior to debarkation if required for home country re-entry.
Disney Cruise Line All guests aged 18 or over are required to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 7 days before travel and to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. Not yet confirmed. Guests under 18 years old are NOT required to be vaccinated, but must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (paid for by the guest) taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to embarkation. All guests, including those who have been vaccinated, are also required to undergo an antigen COVID-19 rapid test administered by a third party in the terminal prior to boarding, at Disney’s expense.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Line All guests are required to have had both does of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel and to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. Not yet confirmed. Antigen test (lateral flow) is required beterrn 3-8 days prior to departure. Further test will be required before boarding.
Holland America Line All guests, including those under 18 years of age, are required to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel and to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire before travel Covid-19 testing requirement prior to embarkation. Cruise line still to confirm timing and type of testing required.
MSC Cruises 1. All passengers over the age of 12 must be double vaccinated – if not they cannot travel on-board MSC Mediterranean cruises. 2. Children aged 2-11 need a negative PCR - not more than 72 HRS before embarkation All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire before travel All unvaccinated guests and children aged 2 or older (i.e did not receive the full set of vaccine shots) will need to take a lateral flow (antigen) or PCR (molecular) swab test within 72 hours prior to the ship’s departure. Proof of a negative test result will be requested at the terminal, evidence accpted includes an email, SMS or a printed document. The test is not required for fully-vaccinated (any proof of vaccination needed) or under 2 years old guests.
Norwegian Cruise Line All guests, including those under 18 years of age, are required to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel and to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire before travel. All guests will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test, administered and paid for by the cruise line, prior to boarding and receive a negative result.
P&O Cruises From 25/09/2021 to 31/12/2021: All guests aged 18 or over need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. All guests aged 17 years or below will need to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel. All guests will need to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding.
For UK coastal cruises from 08/07/2021 to 24/09/2021: All guests need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. Pre-embarkation COVID-19 tests will be required at the terminal and will be complimentary in the price of your holiday. All guests, of all ages, must meet the requirements of the COVID-19 vaccination policy for these sailings.
All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire before travel Pre-embarkation COVID-19 tests will be required at the terminal and will be complimentary in the price of your holiday.
Princess Cruises From 30/09/2021 to 03/11/2021 (Regal Princess) and 05/10/2021 to 05/11/2021 (Sky Princess): All guests 18 years or older need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding. All guests 17 years or below need to have completed their vaccination course a minimum 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel.
All guests, including those under 18 years of age, are required to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel and to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding.
For UK coastal cruises from 31/07/2021 to 23/09/2021 (Regal Princess) and 30/08/2021 to 28/09/2021 (Sky Princess): All guests need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding.
All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire before travel Pre-embarkation COVID-19 tests will be required at the terminal and will be complimentary in the price of your holiday.
Royal Caribbean As of September 3, any cruises calling at the Caribbean countries of Antigua, Dominica, US Virgin Islands or the Bahamas will require all children aged 12 and older to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. After further review, vaccine ineligible guests (under 12 years old for U.S. departures and under 18 years old for Europe departures) will now be able to sail on back-to-back sailings. These guests will undergo COVID-19 testing between sailings, along with the remainder of our back-to-back guests, and are required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result to sail. This test will be administered at no expense to the guest and the regular back-to-back process will occur on turnaround day. All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire before travel Covid-19 testing is required prior to sailing and at the terminal, dependent on age and vaccination status.
Saga Cruises All guests aged 18 or over are required to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel and to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. Not yet confirmed. All guests will be tested at the port, prior to embarkation
Virgin Voyages All guests aged 18 or over are required to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel and to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. All guests are required to complete the health-check form in the Virgin Voyages Sailor App at least 24 hours prior to boarding. In order to board at port in the UK, 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. These are complimentary.
Cunard All guests are required to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel and to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. All guests will be required to complete a Health Declaration form. All guests will be tested at the port, prior to embarkation

PCR Testing

PCR tests can be ordered if required to be arranged and paid for by guests before travel. Please check the above grid for your cruise line requirements. Many cruise lines require Antigen tests in place of PCR tests.

If you need to order a PCR test there are a number of providers available. You can find a full list of the providers available at Gov.uk where they have both local and national testing providers.

PCR testing is wholly the responsibility of the guest to arrange where not provided by the cruise line and Cruise118.com does not take responsibility for the timely completion of any tests that are arranged through a third party testing provider.

The FCDO still advises against overseas travel to many destinations including those classed as Amber, as well as overseas cruise travel. We expect this advice to change to bring it in line with the new travel advice and Amber guidelines.

In the meantime, we would advise you to check your travel insurance, and should the advice not change and you decide you do not want to travel you have the additional flexibility of the cruise lines' cruise with confidence policies.

Please check the up to date FCDO travel advice at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

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