RCI-Royal Caribbean International removes pre-cruise COVID testing requirements

   November 3, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

RCI-Royal Caribbean International is making it easier for cruise passengers to sail this fall, eliminating the requirement to test negative for COVID prior to departure on select United States sailings, regardless of the guests' vaccination status.

The line confirmed the eased protocols in a message to clients and travel advisors.

"Effective November 2, 2022, all travelers on U.S. sailings - regardless of vaccination status - will no longer require pre-departure testing (excludes sailings to Colombia, Haiti, & Honduras)."

The relaxed conditions do not apply to sailings visiting Haiti, Honduras, or Colombia. On these cruises, guests aged 12+ who are not fully vaccinated have 3 days to test negative. However, passengers under the age of 12 do not have any COVID testing requirements.

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Royal Caribbean continues to recommend that travelers be fully vaccinated and does ask its guests to disclose their COVID vaccine status during check-in.