P&O Cruises changes COVID vaccination and testing rules

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By Harry Kemble
28/02/2023
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P &O Cruises has dropped its testing and vaccination requirements for most of its cruises.

In a statement, shared on the line’s website, P&O Cruises says COVID-19 vaccination and testing are ‘no longer mandatory for guests travelling on our holidays’.

P&O Cruises previously required passengers to be fully vaccinated, with a booster jab if eligible ,at least 14 days before travelling.

A self-administered COVID test result was also needed by P&O Cruises.

But the line said both these requirements had been dropped.

The line’s statement reads: “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.”

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

Passengers booked on the line’s cruise J301 – Arcadia’s World Cruise, Classic Southern Hemisphere Journeys or Exotic fly-cruises – must have taken a test and be fully vaccinated with a booster if eligible.

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