Hurtigruten drops pre-departure Covid tests

Hurtigruten drops pre-departure Covid tests

The line removed testing across all departures and ships, except for Antarctica expedition cruises, from the start of the month

Hurtigruten Expeditions has dropped pre-departure testing across all departures and ships – except for Antarctica expedition cruises – as part of a simplification of its Covid-19 protocols.

Guests must still provide proof of a negative Covid test to embark Antarctica expedition ships. The line will arrange for tests for all guests during the transfer from Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Masks are no longer mandatory on board or during landings and land adventures, but guests are still encouraged to wear masks in public areas on board all ships.

To ensure health and safety of its guests and crew, Hurtigruten still requires proof of full vaccination prior to embarkation on all voyages for all guests aged 12 and older. A booster vaccine is no longer required, but is recommended.

Hurtigruten Expeditions SVP of operations, Iain McNeill said: “Our updated protocols will more closely align with land-based travel options and the current environment across our destinations.

“We will offer our guests the best possible experience, with the peace of mind of exploring with us on board a fully vaccinated ship.

“The protocols also ensure the ease of exploration remains, with guests enjoying some of the most spectacular areas of our planet, while knowing that health, safety and wellness of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our number one priority.”

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