Clia has said that the Global Travel Taskforce’s report on restarting international travel “sends a signal of confidence” to the cruise industry.
The taskforce revealed that the government would be introducing a traffic light system from May 17, although it did not mention the resumption of international cruise. UK cruises are allowed to sail from May but currently the Foreign Office advises against sailing on a cruise ship that will travel internationally.
The Department for Transport said that key factors in the assessment of countries on the traffic light list will include:
- the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
- the rate of infection
- the prevalence of variants of concern
- the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
A statement from Clia read: “We welcome today’s announcement to restart international cruises alongside the wider resumption of international travel, in line with the “traffic light” system.
“This announcement is the culmination of extensive collaboration between industry, government, health authorities and ports during the last twelve months to further strengthen health measures, which now go beyond any other travel sector. The industry’s protocols have already been tried and tested as almost 400,000 people have sailed on cruises since last summer elsewhere around the globe.
“Today’s decision sends a signal of confidence in the industry and is a welcome boost to the thousands of people employed in the sector or whose livelihoods depend upon cruise, including travel agencies, hotels, tour guides, port operators and many other service providers up and down the country.”