Cruise line brings back compulsory COVID testing for some passengers

By Linsey McNeill
05/01/2023
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Norwegian Cruise Line has become the first major cruise line to bring back COVID testing for some passengers.

It said it had changed its health and safety protocols due to growing concerns regarding COVID in China.

The move follows the reintroduction of travel restrictions by several countries, including the US, Canada, Spain and France.

From today until the end of January, all NCL passengers who have visited China, Hong Kong or Macau within the previous 10 days – even if only in transit – must take a supervised PCR test no more than 48 hours before leaving home.

Additionally, they must take a PCR test at the embarkation port within eight hours of embarkation, and they will be required to test every 48 hours onboard until 10 days have passed from their last time in China, Hong Kong or Macau.

Testing on NCL ships currently costs $99 per passenger.

These passengers must also be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

Guests travelling on Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passports will be subjected to the same rules, unless they can prove they haven’t visited these regions within the previous 10 days.

In a statement sent to USA Today, NCL said: “The health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our number one priority.

“As a result of growing concerns regarding COVID-19 in China, and recently implemented travel restrictions by several countries, including the United States, we are proactively implementing preventative health and safety measures for all sailings embarking between Jan 5- Jan31, 2023.”

The updated protocols are on the NCL website.

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