Covid 19 Travel Update
Useful travel information and links:
Update March 28, 2022
With the CDC lifting the restrictions for cruise travel, including removing their conditional authorization, along with downgrading their threat level, it’s safe to say things are close to “normal”.
Most cruise lines have vaccination and testing requirements as do the ports of call. As the situation and world events change, so do the requirements and policies. It’s important to stay informed and check for any updates or changes from the cruise line as well as the ports you’re planning to visit.
Travel insurance may be required for certain countries and some states may require proof of insurance for unvaccinated guests. As these requirements and policies are subject to change, it’s important to check based on your itinerary and circumstances.
Since the ports of call are under the authority of the local jurisdictions, requirements are subject to change and must be adhered to disembark the ship. Itineraries may change based on conditions in port or on board the ships.
Typically, refunds are not given except when excursions were purchased in advance. If you are purchasing excursions from an independent operator, check what their cancelation policy is, should this happen. In addition, if you purchased travel insurance, check on their policy for refunds on tours.
Check with your cruise line on their latest policies, including their onboard protocols. Most cruise lines have a link on their homepage for specific information.
The feedback has been great and with more than 6 months of sailing and no major problems, more people are feeling confident and booking cruise vacations.
Each person’s health and level of comfort for any travel is individual and therefore, whether or not to travel should be an individual decision.
Should you decide to travel, it is strongly recommended that travel insurance is purchased.
Many travel insurance companies have added coverage for covid 19 however due to some state regulations, coverage could vary. It’s important to read through your policy in detail as soon as possible since most have a review period for refunds if needed.
Update August 14, 2021
As more and more travel resumes, policies, protocols, and overall rules and restrictions are changing and updated as the situation evolves.
It’s more important now than ever before to make sure you are reading the guidelines for each vendor, airline, hotel, and country that is part of your itinerary as well as monitoring them for updates and changes.
When covid testing prior to your departure is required, it’s important to confirm the time frame for testing as well as the type of test accepted. It’s possible the rapid test may not be acceptable and guidelines on where or what lab for testing may be included.
Update June 17, 2021
Several cruise lines have begun sailing from non-U.S. ports.
Cruise Lines (most) had announced they would require all guests who are of age to be vaccinated however this has changed for Florida sailings only.
Since Florida has made it illegal for businesses to require vaccinations the cruise lines need to adjust their policy.
There is still a lot up in the air and things are changing frequently.
From Gov. DeSantis:
“In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision.