COVID Travel Information

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What is the Risk of Getting Covid on a Cruise Ship?

Covid Travel Information

 Covid remains a high risk in our community, whether onboard a cruise ship or not. However, cruise ships do represent a higher risk because of the close quarter nature of the crew and passengers. This does not mean that an outbreak is guaranteed, nor is it guaranteed an outbreak will disrupt your holiday. Our Covid travel information will hopefully put your mind at ease.

People who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or who are at risk of health complications if they do contract Covid-19, should not board a cruise ship. There are other Covid travel information guidelines for travelling on a cruise ship: 

  • Do not travel if you have test positive before your trip
  • If you have symptoms of Covid-19, such as sore throat, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath
  • You have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 in the week before your trip

Cruise Ships are aware of the risks and have taken steps to mitigate the risk of transmission. This includes improved air filtration, increased cleaning and sanitation and touchless experiences where possible. They also have increased medical professionals onboard and extensive Covid-19 training. In addition to this they should provide their own Covid travel information.

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What Do You Need To Do?

Your travel agent and cruise line operator should inform you of all Covid travel information and protocols involved including at different countries you might be disembarking at, precautions you need to take, the risks involved and what will happen if a Covid outbreak occurs.

Before you travel, check with the State Government’s Covid travel information for information on border closures, testing regimes and isolation requirements. Also check the Australian Government’s website for travel restrictions and the latest Covid travel information for the locations you’ll be visiting on your cruise.

You might also be required to upload your vaccination certificate to prove you have been vaccinated, depending on the cruise line and/or destination you’re travelling to. As a rule of thumb for Covid travel information, we highly recommend being up to date on your Covid-19 vaccinations to be best protected during your travels. You will probably have to take a Rapid Antigen Test 24-48 hours before your travel, and a positive result will exclude you from travel. Each Cruise Line has its own rules and guidelines, so check with your Cruise Line about exactly what is required. We will endeavour to provide you with all the information you should need, but don’t be afraid to contact us for more.

What Happens If a Covid Outbreak Occurs?

The Cruise Industry has specific guidelines of what to do during a covid outbreak. If you contract Covid-19, you may be required to self-isolate in your room for a specified duration. There may be increased Covid-19 testing, the mandatory use of PPE, including masks, or if the outbreak is severe, a cancellation of the trip and an immediate return home. One of the best recommendations we can give as Covid travel information is to get travel insurance that covers Covid-19 cancellations, as well as health cover in case you need emergency healthcare from complications of Covid-19.

Covid information for Cruises from Australia

Cruise Lines’ Requirements

Each cruise line has different requirements for their passengers, including the requirements of the state from which they are departing or disembarking. We have provided a quick round-up here for your convenience, but we should note these are subject to change with short notice, so we recommend double-checking your cruise line before going on your cruise.

Below is a summary of Covid travel information for the most popular Cruise Liners:



Azamara does not require a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding unless this is required by local country regulations (which in Australia it currently is). They also require all travellers to be fully vaccinated 14 days before travel. You might also be excluded from boarding if you meet some criteria, including travelling to high-risk countries within the last 15 days.

Carnival Cruises

Carnival requires their travellers to be fully vaccinated and have a negative test result (48 hours for a PCR test, or 24 hours for a RAT). You will also have to complete a health questionnaire within 72 hours of travel, and undergo health screenings before and after your trip.

Celebrity Cruises

You do not have to be vaccinated to travel onboard a Celebrity Cruise Ship, and do not require evidence of testing if it is not required by the country of departure (it is required in Australia).

MSC Cruises

Depending on the location of the cruise depends on whether you are required to be vaccinated or present a negative test. For cruises departing/entering Australia, you are required to present a vaccination certificate and a negative test result. See their website for specific destination travel information.

Norwegian Cruise Line

NCL requires no testing proof, or vaccination proof to travel, unless mandated by the country they are operating in (this includes Australia).

Oceania Cruises

Oceania does not require you to be vaccinated to travel, however you will have to present a negative test result. If you are vaccinated, you do not have to present a negative test.

P&O Cruises

P&O requires all travellers to be fully vaccinated and present a negative test result. You will also have to complete a health declaration prior to boarding.

Princess Cruises

Depending on the cruise location you may or may not need to present a vaccination certificate and negative test result. If your cruise is departing or disembarking in Australia, you will require both. Check the requirements for each destination on their website below.

Royal Caribbean

From most locations except for Australia vaccination or testing is not necessary. However from Australia both are required by law. Check each location on their website below:

Further Resources

If you require any other information, we have a selection of government resources that can offer further information. If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can provide up to date information on your trip, whether it be Covid travel information, or any other information you may require.


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