Cruise passengers preparing to board a vessel for 19 days or less can now submit their Passenger Locator Form (PLF) within 48 hours of departing.
Previously, passengers had to complete the forms – which are required for all international arrivals into the UK – 48 hours before returning to the UK towards the end of their cruise.
The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed the change, adding that passengers could now complete the form at home or in a hotel.
Passengers on a cruise lasting longer than 19 days must still complete their PLF form 48 hours before arriving into the UK – either on the ship or in port.
Passengers on domestic cruises do not have to complete the document.
Those on international sailings have had to fill out a PLF since such departures returned in August.