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Can I take a telehealth test at home to satisfy my pre-cruise COVID-19 test requirement?


Telehealth Testing for Cruises Departing from U.S. Ports

For fully vaccinated guests cruising from U.S. ports, we accept self-administered COVID-19 tests taken under live video supervision.

Telehealth self-tests taken at home must meet these requirements:

  • Per U.S. CDC guidance, only vaccinated guests may present self-administered telehealth COVID-19 test results at the terminal to satisfy the pre-cruise testing requirement.
  • The test must have Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. FDA.
  • The self-test process must happen under live supervision on a video call with a telehealth representative.
  • The telehealth provider must issue you a result document that includes all the necessary information.


Order Your At-Home Test Kit

Royal Caribbean guests that are fully vaccinated can now order at-home antigen test kits, shipped right to your door anywhere in the U.S. Complete your pre-cruise test at home, with live video supervised by an eMed Certified Guide. Get your results in 15 minutes. The tests are available in a pack of two for $69.99 or a pack of three for $99.99, which includes the test kits, expedited shipping, and live virtual visit. ORDER NOW


How Many Tests Should I Purchase?

We recommend purchasing two tests per person just in case you lose or contaminate a part of the test, or have an error during the testing process. However, technically a two or three test pack can be split between members of a traveling party, with one test per person.


By When Should I Order My Kit? 

We recommend ordering your test kit at least one full week before you plan to take your test.

If you're in a pinch, see below to understand if your order will arrive in time.


Can I use the test kit over a holiday like Thanksgiving Day? 

Yes, the eMed Guides are available to supervise your test every day of the year, 24 hours a day.  


Do the Kits Have an Expiration Date? 

Our current allotment of home test kits is FDA-authorized through December 15, 2021, and can be used any time up until that date. We hope to have test kits available for later cruise dates soon.


More About the Test Kit 

The Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test is an FDA-authorized rapid antigen home test that, when combined with eMed Telehealth Service, can be used by fully vaccinated guests to fulfill their pre-cruise test requirement. 

Your test kit includes a personal virtual visit with an eMed Certified Guide who will help you properly administer the test and verify the result. Your eMed Labs result report is provided via email and can be printed or displayed on your mobile device on boarding day. 


How It Works

  • ORDER YOUR TEST KIT ONLINE: Visit Royal Caribbean’s online storefront, powered by Optum, to order your kit. The test kit ships within the U.S. and arrives in three days or less. 
  • TEST FROM HOME: Scan the QR code on your test kit box to start your video visit with a Certified Guide. 
  • GET YOUR RESULT: In 15 minutes, you’ll have a verified test result that you can use to board the ship.


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