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Will I have to take a COVID-19 test before or during my cruise?

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Testing requirements vary by port of departure and your age group. Below are the published requirements for select ports. We are continually adding, monitoring and adjusting information on testing requirements as public health standards and government regulations evolve. Booked guests will be advised of the latest requirements for their port of departure before sailing.

 

Required Testing for All Guests Sailing From U.S. Homeports

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing 

Before boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense.

  • Vaccinated guests must show a negative COVID-19 test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. NOTE: Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test (not antigen) taken no more than 3 days before boarding day.
  • Unvaccinated kids’ pre-cruise test cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Learn more about how to calculate which days you can take your test.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test. 

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a PCR or antigen test to enter the U.S.

Unvaccinated Kids Age 2-11: Additional Complimentary Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, unvaccinated kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

On boarding day, 

  • Unvaccinated kids will take a complimentary test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance. 
  • For cruises that are 5 nights or longer, unvaccinated kids will take a complimentary antigen test onboard before the cruise ends. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test.

Guests Under the Age of 2

Guests under the age of 2 have no testing requirements.

NOTE: Sailings longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements

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Required Testing for All Guests Sailing From San Juan, Puerto Rico


All Guests: Required Testing to Enter Puerto Rico 

The island requires a negative COVID-19 test result to enter.

If you’re flying in from the U.S.

  • All guests age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to arriving at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan. 

If you’re flying in from an international country

  • All travelers age 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to boarding their flight to San Juan. 

If you are already in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico does not require a test from you.

Guests under 2 years of age do not have test requirements to enter Puerto Rico.

 

All Guests: Required Testing to Board the Ship 

You’ll need to show a negative test result at the terminal to board the cruise ship. It can be the same result you used to enter Puerto Rico, provided you time it right.

  • Vaccinated guests must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test (not antigen) taken no more than 3 days before boarding day.
  • Unvaccinated kids’ pre-cruise test cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

Have questions about pre-cruise testing? 

Learn more about different options for completing your test

 

Unvaccinated Kids Age 2-11: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, unvaccinated kids will take two more tests. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal

Unvaccinated kids will take a complimentary test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance. 

Prior to Disembarking

Unvaccinated kids will take a complimentary antigen test onboard before the cruise ends. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test.

Guests under 2 years of age do not have test requirements to board the ship.

 

Some Guests: Required Testing After the Cruise

If you are staying in Puerto Rico after the cruise, or you live in Puerto Rico, you will need to take an additional test. 

  • Guests extending their stay in Puerto Rico after sailing must complete a COVID-19 test after their cruise, and upload the results to Puerto Rico’s TravelSafe Declaration form within 24 hours of departing the ship. You will be provided a complimentary test kit for this purpose.  
  • Puerto Rico residents must complete a COVID-19 test after their cruise, at their own expense, and upload the results to Puerto Rico’s TravelSafe Declaration form within 48 hours of departing the ship. 
  • These requirements apply to all guests age 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status, and failure to meet this requirement can result in a $300 USD fine from Puerto Rico authorities. 

 

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Required Testing For Guests Departing from Bridgetown, Barbados

 

Required Pre-Arrival and Pre-Cruise Testing 

Testing is required to enter Barbados and to board the ship. These requirements vary depending on guests’ age and vaccination status. 

PCR Testing

  • All travelers age 5 and older require a negative PCR COVID-19 test result to fly into Barbados regardless of vaccination status.  The test must be an RT-PCR test taken within the 3 days before the day you fly into the country or a rapid PCR test taken within 1 day before you fly into the country. You must upload the result to Barbados’ online Immigration/Customs Form, and show it to authorities upon arriving. Learn more about island entry requirements at Visit Barbados.
  • Unvaccinated guests age 2 to 11, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative PCR COVID-19 test result at the cruise terminal for a test taken no more than 3 days before the day you board the ship. This test can be an RT-PCR or a rapid PCR. If timed properly, the same PCR test result provided for entry into Barbados can satisfy this requirement

Barbados does not accept rapid antigen tests, antibody tests, self-administered tests or home kits and tests for entry.

Additional Antigen Testing

  • All Royal Caribbean guests age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, will take a COVID-19 antigen test at the terminal prior to boarding the ship. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests. Registration details will be sent via email in advance. 

Guests under 2 years of age do not have any testing requirements to board the ship. 

 

Required Testing to Debark in Barbados 

All Royal Caribbean guests age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, will require a complimentary COVID-19 antigen test provided by Royal Caribbean’s test provider to re-enter Barbados. This test could also satisfy re-entry requirements for guests’ home country providing antigen tests are accepted and guests are returning home within their required testing window. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your country’s specific requirements prior to traveling. More information on this test will be provided once onboard.

 

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Europe Departures

At this time, we have not yet determined our health and safety protocols for 2022 sailings departing from Europe. Guests will be advised of specific requirements via email before setting sail.

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