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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.

We continue to work with our destination partners to evolve our protocols and align with the broader travel industry, as we transition to the point that everyone can vacation with us.

Read more about what vaccines are accepted and what documents should be provided to local authorities if they require proof of vaccination.

 

 

For Cruises Departing from North America

For guests sailing from the U.S. on a transpacific cruise, please see your vaccination requirements here.

U.S Sailings that Visit Bermuda

Sailings from the U.S. that visit Bermuda require vaccination for guests 12 and up.

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. We will ask that you disclose your vaccination status prior to boarding (via the Royal Caribbean app, on our website, or at the terminal).

While we do not require kids 11 or younger to be vaccinated, those who have been vaccinated may follow the test guidance for vaccinated guests.

To be considered fully vaccinated, each guest's regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

A Certificate of Recovery is not acceptable 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 Cruises Departing From U.S. (including San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Canada Homeports

COVID-19 vaccination is not required for sailings departing from U.S. home ports, as long as they do not visit Bermuda.

Royal Caribbean still strongly recommends that guests are fully vaccinated, if eligible, with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

For these sailings, documentation of vaccination is not required to board, but we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status prior to boarding (via the Royal Caribbean app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documentation with you, as local authorities or businesses in some destinations may request to see it for entrance. Guests who are not fully vaccinated will need to bring a negative test result for any COVID-19 test taken within the 3 days before boarding day.

To learn more, visit our Testing Requirements FAQ.

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For Cruises Departing from Barbados

COVID-19 vaccination is not required for sailings departing from Bridgetown, Barbados. 

Royal Caribbean still strongly recommends that guests are fully vaccinated, if eligible, with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. 

For these sailings, documentation of vaccination is not required to board, but we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status prior to boarding (via the Royal Caribbean app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documentation with you, as local authorities or businesses in some destinations may request to see it for entrance. Guests who are not fully vaccinated will need to bring a negative test result for any COVID-19 test taken within the 3 days before boarding day. 

To learn more, visit our Testing Requirements FAQ.

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For Transpacific Cruises Departing from the U.S.

All Royal Caribbean guests age 5 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.  Guests age 5 and older who are not vaccinated will not be permitted to board a transpacific cruise departing from the U.S. to Australia.

Guests must be at least 1 year of age to sail.

Each guest’s original vaccine series must include at least two doses of vaccine to board, 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.

Although not required, it is recommended that guests be up to date on their booster when eligible.

We will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal).

A Certificate of Recovery is not acceptable in lieu of a full vaccination for guests of vaccine eligible age.

 

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For Cruises Departing From Europe & ISRAEL

COVID-19 vaccination is not required for sailings departing from European home ports. 

Royal Caribbean still strongly recommends that guests are fully vaccinated, if eligible, and up to date, with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

Some of the destinations we visit require guests to be “up to date” with their vaccination status to go ashore. Those who do not meet requirements to be considered “up to date” may require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

For these sailings, documentation of vaccination is not required to board, but we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status prior to boarding (via the Royal Caribbean app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documentation with you, as local authorities and businesses in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their vaccination card for entrance. Guests who are not fully vaccinated will need to bring a negative test result for any COVID-19 test taken within the 3 days before boarding day.

To learn more, visit our Testing Requirements FAQ.

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For Cruises Departing From AUSTRALIA

All Royal Caribbean guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.  Children aged 11 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise however it is highly recommended.

As part of Australian Federal and State Government guidelines for cruising, at least 95% of guests must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Children aged 11 and under, and guests with a valid medical exemption are permitted to travel however there is a limit on the number of unvaccinated guests that can travel on each cruise departure.

If you are travelling with children aged 11 or under that are unvaccinated or if anyone in your travel party is unvaccinated due to a medical exemption, you must notify us as soon as possible for approval to cruise.  You can notify us by completing the vaccination survey which will be sent to the email address in your booking seven (7) days after your booking is made, by contacting our call center team on 1800 754 500 or by contacting your travel advisor.

All guests must declare their vaccination status and provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before boarding.  Read more about what documents should be provided for proof of vaccination.

To be considered fully vaccinated guests should be vaccinated with a recognized vaccine and dosage as specified by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Learn more about Australian recognized vaccines and dosage requirements here. It is recommended that all guests have the influenza vaccine at least two weeks prior to sailing.

A Certificate of Recovery is not acceptable in lieu of vaccination for guests of vaccine eligible age.

Is there a limit on the number of unvaccinated guests that can travel on each cruise departure?

As part of Australian Federal and State Government guidelines for cruising, at least 95% of guests must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  Children aged 11 and under, and guests with medical exemption are permitted to travel. However, there is a limit on the number of unvaccinated guests that can travel on each cruise departure, regardless of age.

If you are travelling with children aged 11 or under that are unvaccinated or if anyone in your travel party is unvaccinated due to a medical exemption, you must notify us as soon as possible for approval to cruise.  You can notify us by completing the vaccination survey which will be sent to the email address in your booking seven (7) days after your booking is made, by contacting our call center team on 1800 754 500 or by contacting your travel advisor.

SUPPLEMENTARY TERMS & CONDITIONS

GUEST HEALTH, SAFETY AND CONDUCT POLICY

COVID-19 CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FACT SHEET

 

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For Transatlantic Cruises Departing from Europe

All Royal Caribbean guests age 5 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. Guests age 5 and older who are not vaccinated will not be permitted to board a transatlantic sailing departing from Europe to the U.S. Guests must be at least 1 year of age to sail.

Each guest's regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated, unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Guests who are up to date on their vaccination will have more time to complete their pre-cruise test. For guests to be considered "up to date" per the European Medicines Agency (EMA), they must meet 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.
  1. Your most recent vaccine dose is on the list of EMA-approved vaccines:
    • Pfizer
    • Moderna
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Astrazeneca
    • Nuvaxovid

Italy will NOT recognize the following vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization to be considered fully vaccinated: Sinopharm, Sinovac, COVAXIN, Covovax and CoviShield. Additional testing may be required onboard before visiting ports in Italy. To learn more, visit our Europe Testing Requirements FAQ.

 

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For Cruises Departing from Singapore

All Royal Caribbean guests 12 years of age and above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

Children aged 11 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. However, kids aged 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may 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. 

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

For the best Singapore cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be “up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination. 

In order to go ashore in Malaysia, guests must be up to date with their vaccinations, as required by local regulations. Learn more.  

 

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For Cruises Departing From Other Ports

Vaccination and travel documentation requirements vary based on local requirements in the ports we visit. 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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Kids Who Are Turning 12

Children Who Are Turning 12 Sailing on all Cruises

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

Due to local requirements, some sailings will require vaccination for all guests age 12 and older to go ashore in certain ports. If this requirement applies to your sailing, that means that any guest that is age 12 or older on boarding day must be fully vaccinated — this is in compliance with local requirements of the ports your sailing visits. If your child's 12th birthday is too close to boarding day to get fully vaccinated, local authorities may not permit them to go ashore. In this case, we can move your cruise date to give you more time, or we can cancel your reservation for a full refund.

Children Who Are Turning 12 Sailing on an Australia Cruise

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 and issue a future cruise credit to the value of the cruise fare. Unfortunately, we cannot make any exceptions, due to Federal and State Government Guidelines. 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 any COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated children.

 

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