Carnival scraps pre-cruise testing for vaccinated passengers, more changes announced

Carnival Cruise Line today announced protocol updates for COVID-19.

With these changes, Carnival said it’s easier for more guests to sail with simplified vaccination and testing guidelines, including no testing for vaccinated guests on sailings under 16 nights. , and the elimination of the waiver application process for unvaccinated guests, who will only need to show a negative test result upon boarding.

All new guidelines are in effect for cruises departing Tuesday, September 6, 2022 or later, and include:

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

Customers under five are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements in the United States and under 12 in Australia, the company said.

Trips of 16 nights and longer will continue to have route-specific vaccination and testing requirements. Long voyage requirements and destination-specific protocols are available at Carnival’s Have Fun. Be careful. page on

For passengers who have a pending vaccine waiver request and are awaiting confirmation for cruises departing September 6 or later, the reservation is confirmed unless booked on a sailing that calls in Canada, in Bermuda, Australia or if the trip is 16 nights or more.

“Our ships have been sailing very full all summer, but there is still room for more of our loyal customers, and these guidelines will simplify the process and make cruising accessible to those who have not been able to adhere to the protocols that we were requested. to follow for much of the past 14 months,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“There’s a lot going on, with Carnival Luminosa and Carnival Celebration joining our fleet in November and more to come in 2023. Whatever ship, homeport or itinerary suits you, our amazing team on board are ready to provide you with a fun-filled holiday – something we all look forward to even more these days!

Duffy added that Carnival is updating its website, communications and processes, and sharing more details with customers and travel advisor partners to reflect these new streamlined policies. “We appreciate the patience of our customers and travel advisor partners as we update all materials, but the end result is very positive for anyone looking forward to sailing with us,” she said.

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