Unvaccinated Guests Will Now Be Able To Sail On Carnival Cruises

by Carolee Chanona

In an announcement on Friday, Carnival Corporation’s major cruise lines will no longer require mandatory COVID-19 testing for vaccinated passengers, while unvaccinated passengers will now be allowed to sail on Carnival Cruises, without an exemption in some cases. Unvaccinated guests will still need to pre-test before boarding at embarkation, but won’t need to apply for an exemption for short sailing on voyages under 16 nights. The new sailing requirements for Carnival come into effect on September 6, 2022.

Carnival Cruises’ New Policies To Sail

Carnival Glory

The 10 Belizean crew members of Carnival Glory, who did not report any COVID-19 cases onboard, return home.

All new guidelines are effective for Carnival Cruise Line cruises departing on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, or later, and include:

  • Vaccinated guests must continue to provide evidence of their vaccination status prior to embarkation. Pre-cruise testing is no longer required, except for cruises to Canada, Bermuda, Greece, and Australia (per local guidelines), and on voyages 16 nights or longer.
  • Unvaccinated guests are welcome to sail and are no longer required to apply for a vaccine exemption, except for cruises in Australia or on voyages 16 nights and longer.
  • Unvaccinated guests or those who do not provide proof of vaccination must present the results of a negative PCR or antigen test was taken within three days of embarkation.
  • All policies are subject to local destination regulations.

Note: Guests under the age of five years are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements from the United States and under the age of 12 from Australia.

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