P&O Cruises drops Covid-19 vaccine and test requirements

P&O Cruises has dropped its requirement for passengers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and to take a test before their holiday.

Previously, the cruise line required all guests to be fully vaccinated – and with a booster if eligible – a minimum of 14 days before travelling.

Self-administered tests with a negative result were also required before sailing.

A message to passengers on Monday (February 27) said these requirements have now been dropped.

“As health protocols for Covid-19 continue to evolve around the world, we have an important update to our pre-cruise vaccination and testing requirements to share with you,” said the cruise line.

“Covid-19 vaccination and testing are no longer mandatory for guests travelling on our holidays, apart from those booked on cruise J301.

“While vaccination is no longer required for the majority of our holidays, we still highly recommend that all guests travelling on our ships are up to date with Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters when eligible and where available.

“If you’re displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 or feel unwell in the days leading up to your holiday, we highly recommend that you take a Covid-19 test before you travel and only travel to the ship if this is negative.

“If you’re symptomatic on the day of embarkation, we ask that you declare this to terminal or check-in staff.”

Cruise J301, which still requires the Covid measures, is Arcadia’s World Cruise, Classic Southern Hemisphere Journeys or Exotic fly-cruises.

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