P&O Cruises drops pre-departure test requirement on five Iona sailings

P&O Cruises has removed its pre-departure Covid testing requirement on selected Iona sailings in June and July.

Passengers will not need to take a Covid test before boarding Iona if they are sailing on G220 June 25, G221 July 2, G222 July 9, G223 July 16, or G224 July 23.

The cruises are all holidays to the Norwegian fjords, departing from and returning to Southampton.

All passengers aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated and those aged 16 and over must have received a booster jab.

The cruise line warned passengers on other P&O Cruises itineraries they must continue to take a pre-departure test as the requirement has only been dropped for those five sailings, but said the rule change could be extended to include additional sailings.

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A spokesperson for the cruise line said: “As the health protocols for Covid continue to evolve across the world, P&O Cruises has changed its policy on Iona to remove the pre-departure testing for all guests.

“As a result, while all guests 12 years and over are still required to be fully vaccinated and those 16 years and over also need to have had a booster, all guests travelling on the following five cruise holidays – G220 June 25, G221 July 2, G222 July 9, G223 July 16, and G224 July 23 – will no longer need to purchase or take an antigen test prior to boarding the ship.

“For the moment, the removal of testing requirement will only be on these five cruises but should this be extended then we will advise guests as necessary.”

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