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Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to cruise?

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Vaccination requirements vary by port of departure and by age group. Below are the current published requirements for select ports. We are continually adding, monitoring and adjusting information on vaccination requirements as public health conditions evolve. Booked guests will be advised of the latest requirements for their port of departure before sailing.

Read more about what vaccines are accepted and what documents are accepted as proof of vaccination.

 

For Cruises Departing from North America (U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada)

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. Kids age 11 or younger who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests. While we do not require kids 11 or younger than to be vaccinated, many are and it is highly likely destinations will begin to require guests age 5 and older to be vaccinated. We will notify booked guests as this guidance evolves.

Each guest’s regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is per U.S. CDC guidance, and no exceptions will be made, even if the guest's resident country has authorized a single-shot regimen for a two dose vaccine.

We strongly recommend that fully vaccinated guests receive a booster dose when they become eligible to do so, though it is currently not required to be considered fully vaccinated. It is highly likely many destinations will soon begin to require booster doses for all eligible guests to be considered fully vaccinated. We will notify booked guests as this guidance evolves.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of vaccination for guests of vaccine eligible age.

For guests on cruises that visit Bermuda, note that the local government does not recognize Novovax or Covaxin as approved vaccines — guests whose vaccination series consists of either will not be permitted to go ashore. For additional details, visit our FAQ on Cruises to Bermuda

For guests departing from Florida homeports, this vaccine requirement is the policy of several international governments for a cruise ship to enter their waters. We remain in contact with local governments in the ports we visit and will update the policy if advised.

Guests under age 12 who are not vaccinated will complete additional COVID-19 testing requirements depending on the length and departure port of their sailing.

Kids Who Are Turning 12

What if my child is turning 12 years old right before our cruise, or during our cruise, and cannot get vaccinated in time?

Any guest that is age 12 or older on boarding day must be fully vaccinated to sail. If your child’s 12th birthday is too close to boarding day to get fully vaccinated, we can move your cruise date to give you more time, or we can cancel your reservation for a full refund. Unfortunately, we cannot make any exceptions, as our port agreements expect that every vaccine-eligible guest onboard is fully vaccinated. If your child is 11 and turns 12 on Day 2 of the cruise or later, you’re in luck. Your 11 year old will be allowed to board the ship on embarkation day as long as they complete all COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated children.

 

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For Cruises Departing From EUROPE (not including italy)

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.  

Each guest's regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No exceptions will be made, even if the guest's resident country has authorized a single-shot regimen for a two dose vaccine. 

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccination and be prepared to present their physical vaccination record showing all doses, including their original vaccination series, as well as any booster doses they may have received if applicable.  

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.  

  1. You received your final dose in your original two-dose vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on the list of EMA-approved vaccines:  
    • Pfizer 
    • Moderna 
    • Johnson & Johnson 
    • Astrazeneca 
    • Nuvaxovid 

 Guests who do not meet these two requirements will need to take a test onboard before visiting some ports of call. 

Royal Caribbean also accepts additional vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization: Sinopharm, Sinovac, COVAXIN, Covovax and CoviShield. Guests may board the ship if vaccinated with these, but certain European countries will not recognize these guests as vaccinated, and they will need to take a test onboard before visiting some ports of call. To learn more, visit our Europe Testing Requirements FAQ.

These rules apply to all guests 12 and up in all countries except for stops in Italy, where they apply to guests age 6 and up. 

Children age 11 or younger do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. However, kids 11 or younger who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.  

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of vaccination for guests of vaccine eligible age. 

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.  

Certificate of Recovery Instead of a Booster Dose 

A Certificate of Recovery for a positive COVID-19 case may be provided along with proof of vaccination in lieu of a booster to be considered up to date by Spain, Italy, the U.K. and the Netherlands, if it meets certain requirements. The following two documents must be presented:

  1. A certified medical health certificate from a doctor stating that you have fully recovered from COVID-19. It must meet the following requirements:
    • Official letterhead from a healthcare provider, public health official or telehealth provider showing: 
      • Their name 
      • Their address
      • Their phone number 
      • Confirmation of your recovery and completion of isolation 
    • Must be typed (not handwritten) and signed by the provider
    • Must confirm the sample collection date of the positive PCR test, which must be a minimum of 11 days and a maximum of 180 days before the departure date of your cruise 

  2. A positive result document for a COVID-19 PCR test taken a minimum of 11 days and a maximum of 180 days before the departure date of your cruise. An antigen test result will not be accepted with a Certificate of Recovery. The test results document from your test provider must include the name of the lab that processed the test, the lab's CLIA Lab Number or Certification Number, the address of the lab, your name, the date the test was taken, type of test, and your positive result. This can be a printed document, email, or telehealth app notification. Fully handwritten doctor's notes (such as those written on a prescription pad) will not be accepted. Minimal handwritten components (such as a check mark on a "positive" box) are acceptable as long as the other required information is printed on the document.

 

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For Cruises Departing From Italy

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.  

To board the ship, each guest's regimen must include at least two doses of a WHO or EMA approved vaccine unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No exceptions will be made, even if the guest's resident country has authorized a single-shot regimen for a two dose vaccine.  

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of vaccination for guests of vaccine eligible age. 

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be "up to date" on their COVID-19 vaccination and be prepared to present their physical vaccination record showing all doses, including their original vaccination series, as well as any booster doses they may have received if applicable.  

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.  

  1. You received your  final dose in your original two-dose vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on the list of EMA-approved vaccines:  
    • Pfizer 
    • Moderna 
    • Johnson & Johnson 
    • Astrazeneca 
    • Nuvaxovid 

Guests who do not meet these two requirements will need to take a test onboard before visiting some ports of call.  

Royal Caribbean also accepts additional vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization: Sinopharm, Sinovac, COVAXIN, Covovax and CoviShield. Guests may board the ship if vaccinated with these, but certain European countries will not recognize these guests as vaccinated, and they will need to take a test onboard before visiting some ports of call. To learn more, visit our Europe Testing Requirements FAQ.  

These rules apply to all guests 12 and up in all countries except for stops in Italy, where they apply to guests age 6 and up. 

Children age 11 or younger do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. However, kids age 11 or younger who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.  

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of vaccination for guests of vaccine eligible age. 

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.  

Certificate of Recovery Instead of a Booster Dose 

A Certificate of Recovery for a positive COVID-19 case may be provided along with proof of vaccination in lieu of a booster to be considered up to date by Spain, Italy, the U.K. and the Netherlands, if it meets certain requirements. The following two documents must be presented:

  1. A certified medical health certificate from a doctor stating that you have fully recovered from COVID-19. It must meet the following requirements:
    • Official letterhead from a healthcare provider, public health official or telehealth provider showing: 
      • Their name 
      • Their address
      • Their phone number 
      • Confirmation of your recovery and completion of isolation 
    • Must be typed (not handwritten) and signed by the provider
    • Must confirm the sample collection date of the positive PCR test, which must be a minimum of 11 days and a maximum of 180 days before the departure date of your cruise 

  2. A positive result document for a COVID-19 PCR test taken a minimum of 11 days and a maximum of 180 days before the departure date of your cruise. An antigen test result will not be accepted with a Certificate of Recovery. The test results document from your test provider must include the name of the lab that processed the test, the lab's CLIA Lab Number or Certification Number, the address of the lab, your name, the date the test was taken, type of test, and your positive result. This can be a printed document, email, or telehealth app notification. Fully handwritten doctor's notes (such as those written on a prescription pad) will not be accepted. Minimal handwritten components (such as a check mark on a "positive" box) are acceptable as long as the other required information is printed on the document.

 

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For Cruises Departing from Singapore

All Royal Caribbean guests above 12 years of age (13 years & older) must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

Children aged 12 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. However, kids aged 5 to 12 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests. If you are cruising with an unvaccinated child, there are some specific health protocols that you will need to be aware of.

Each guest's regimen must include at least two doses of the vaccine. This is per US CDC guidance, and no exceptions will be made, even if the guest's resident country has authorised a single-shot regimen for a two-dose vaccine.

For more information on vaccination policies in Singapore, please visit this website.

 

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For Cruises Departing From Other Ports

Vaccination and travel documentation requirements vary by homeport and country of departure. Booked guests will be advised of specific requirements via email before setting sail.

 

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Crew Vaccination Requirement

We require all Royal Caribbean crew members on all ships and at our private destinations to be fully vaccinated. Crew members receive a booster dose as they become eligible. They also complete COVID-19 testing regularly in accordance with CDC guidelines.

 

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