With the health situation currently improving, PONANT announced it is relaxing its COVID policy.
Since September 9, it is no longer necessary to present proof of a negative COVID test before boarding any of the vessels in its fleet.
To board, passengers have to present a certificate showing proof of at least one of the 3 scenarios:
- A complete vaccination scheme including at least 3 doses of an mRNA vaccine
- 2 vaccination doses, provided the 2nd has been given within 9 months of the date of embarkation. Proof of past infection counts as one of the doses
- 1 vaccination dose/proof of past infection of 2+ weeks and within a max of 4 months at the time of boarding.
A COVID test will only be mandatory in case it is required by local authorities. Passengers will have the opportunity to do the test onboard.
The same applies to wearing a mask, which is no longer compulsory for passengers, although its use is highly recommended onboard and ashore. The use ashore will be subject to the requirements of the local authorities.
In the event of a COVID case being detected onboard, the quarantine measures might be reduced depending on the diagnosis of the doctor regarding the risk of infection. The ones diagnosed as being of low risk will no longer be required to isolate and will be able to take part in activities, but under the supervision/in compliance with instructions.
However, if the risk onboard were to increase, PONANT Cruises and the ship’s Captain might need to re-introduce more extensive measures.