Star Clippers to accept unvaccinated passengers

By Catherine Eade
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Star Clippers is to relax its COVID requirements for unvaccinated passengers from next month.

The cruise line will require unvaccinated travellers to test for COVID before embarking, with guests required to provide a negative antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to embarkation, or an RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours. Home or self test tests will not be accepted.

Fully vaccinated guests no longer need to test before embarking, however they must still present proof of vaccine status with an NHS Covid Pass.

Star Clippers General Manager Fay McCormack said, “This latest update confirming the next stage towards a more ‘normal way of life’ will, I am sure, be much welcomed by our trade partners as they continue to navigate a post-COVID industry.”

“This news is a dramatic step forward in our recovery following the pandemic,” she added.

The change in rules follows a recent announcement that Celestyal had removed requirements for proof of vaccination or recovery certificates.

The new protocols take effect from 5 November, on Royal Clipper’s Barbados to Panama sailing, followed by Star Clipper’s Barbados to Panama sailing on 19 November and Star Flyer’s St Maarten round-trip cruise on 26 November.

Both Barbados and Panama have dropped all entry requirements regardless of vaccination status, while St Maarten still requires unvaccinated travellers to provide a negative test before entry.

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