Royal Caribbean relaxes Covid testing rules

Royal Caribbean relaxes Covid testing rules

The line no longer requires unvaccinated guests to test before boarding, and Disney Cruise Line is set to follow suit later this month

Royal Caribbean International has become the latest line to relax Covid-19 testing rules for passengers.

The line is no longer requiring pre-cruise testing on most sailings. It dropped its vaccine requirement for many sailings in September, but unvaccinated guests were still required to test before boarding.

The decision to accept all guests, regardless of vaccination status, was made as travel restrictions around the world continue to ease following the pandemic. The changes came into effect from November 2.

However, some destinations still require pre-cruise testing such as departures from Australia and sailings from the US with stops in Colombia, Haiti or Honduras.

The line said in a statement: “The cruise line’s additional layers of health and safety measures exceed other vacation experiences, including the routine monitoring and vaccination of all crew members and keeping them up to date with boosters when they are eligible, enhanced testing and treatment capabilities in our onboard medical facilities, and more.”

Disney Cruise Line will make a similar move later this month, with the line no longer requiring unvaccinated passengers to take a test prior to boarding on sailings from the United States from November 14.

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