Following the latest travel requirements by the UK Government, we wanted to share an update with our customers.
All travellers, including children aged 5 and over, are required to:
- Take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England
- Book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in England
- Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. Full details can be found here
You can also find a full list of approved testing providers here.
Many of our clients are choosing to take the return PCR test immediately as they arrive back in the UK which reduces the return quarantine period to 24-48 hours in many cases.
These recent changes are a return to the requirements seen in summer 2021 and, with a little forward planning, we hope these should not detract from the enjoyment of your holiday. Many of our Cruise Concierge travelled during summer 2021 and if you do have any questions, they are here to share their first-hand experience of travel requirements and testing procedures.
Cruise lines have shown they are well equipped to support their guests with any testing requirements and many cruise lines are arranging the pre-arrival tests for guests whilst they are on-board to help even further.
Testing Inclusions for Cruise Lines
Cruise lines are offering testing free of charge or at a significantly reduced rate which we have summarised for you below:
|Cruise Line||PCR / Antigen Test Provided||Included In Cost||Cost for PCR||Cost for Antigen|
|Celebrity Cruises||Yes||No charge for bookings made up to 16/11/21. Bookings after 16/11/21 will be charged||$95||$55|
|Holland America Line||Yes||Yes|
|Norwegian Cruise Line||Yes||Yes|
|Royal Caribbean||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
Correct at 10.12.21
We are continually updating our cruise hub with the latest travel advice and requirements including links to the cruise lines own policies. Visit www.cruise118.com/cruise-hub for the latest information.
Since 2020, the cruise lines have led the way in new health and safety protocols, ensuring they have robust protocols in place so that guests are safe and feel confident whilst on board.
The testing requirements that the cruise lines have already implemented and the safety measures on board including wearing of masks and reduced capacity sailings have meant that cruising is one of the safest options of holiday travel available.
Many of our guests and team have shared that cruising in many ways is now better and not just safer! We know that many of our customers are looking forward to cruising again, a recent survey reported that more than 85% already have holidays booked for next year and beyond. Many cruise lines have offered cruise with confidence policies, which has given even greater reassurance.