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Travel Resumption

The latest updates for travel resumption to commence from 2nd August The UK government has confirmed that from the 2nd August, international cruise holidays will be able to resume. This is alongside the easing of quarantine restrictions for fully-vaccinated travellers from the EU and US. Following the evidence from the summer's restart cruises, the government has led with the announcement to support the further safe restart of international cruise travel.

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.

Country Requirements

Measure Green Country Amber Country* Amber Country** (applicable from 19th July) Red Country
Passenger Locator Form Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pre-Departure Test Yes Yes Yes for those aged 11+ Yes
Managed Quarantine Hotel No No No 10 days
Self-isolation No 10 days No N/A
Test to Release N/A On day 5 On day 5 No
PCR Testing On or before day 2 On or before day 2 On or before day 2 for those aged 5+ On or before day 2
Further PCR Testing No Day 8 No Day 8

*For those unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated. **For those fully vaccinated at least 14 days previously.

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 traffic light system 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 on the traffic light system, and to confirm the traffic light category of your destination country, please visit:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#green-list.

Cruise Line Requirements

Updated 04.06.2021

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 7 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 Both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests are welcome on-board MSC Virtuosa cruises 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 7 days before travel (or 14 days prior to sailing if an approved single-dose vaccine) 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 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 Covid-19 testing may be required prior to embarkation. Cruise line still to confirm timing and type of testing required.
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. Not yet confirmed. Cruise line still to confirm timing and type of testing required.
Cunard All guests 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. 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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