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Costa Cruises eases COVID-19 protocols

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On many Costa cruises, fully vaccinated travelers will be able to embark without any COVID-19 testing, while the unvaccinated may sail with a negative pre-embarkation antigen test
Starting Oct. 8 on Costa Cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and United Arab Emirates, fully vaccinated travelers will be able to embark without any COVID-19 testing.

In addition, in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, unvaccinated travelers may sail with a negative pre-embarkation antigen test.

Here are further details, depending on destination and cruise length.

Mediterranean and Caribbean

On Mediterranean cruises, excluding Greece, and Caribbean cruises shorter than 14 nights, travelers who have completed COVID vaccination (two doses plus booster, one dose Johnson & Johnson plus booster or two doses and recovery from coronavirus) will be able to sail without any pre-embarkation tests.

Unvaccinated travelers and those recovered from COVID or without two doses of vaccine will also be able to travel in these destinations by presenting a negative antigen or PCR test, their choice, taken within 48 hours before embarking.

Greece

Cruises calling at Greece will continue to be open only to those who are fully vaccinated or partially vaccinated and recovered from COVID and who produce a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours before embarking.  

Morocco

On cruises visiting Morocco, passengers who aren't fully vaccinated will have to take an additional PCR test onboard 48 hours before arriving at the country.

Caribbean shore visits

As for the Caribbean, unvaccinated cruisers in Barbados, St. Vincent and St. Maarten are permitted ashore only with a negative antigen test taken 24 or 48 hours before the ship's arrival.

These tests, as well as those needed to enter Morocco, can be done aboard Costa ships, for a fee.

UAE

Cruises in the UAE, Oman and Qatar are currently available only to fully vaccinated travelers (two doses plus booster, one dose J&J plus booster or two doses and recovery from coronavirus) but with no pre-embarkation testing required.

World, trans-Atlantic and long cruises

For world, trans-Atlantic and, generally, all cruises longer than 14 nights, travelers need to be fully vaccinated and present a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours before embarking.

For the Panama call during the world cruise, unvaccinated passengers ages 5 to 17 will have to take an antigen test 72 hours before arrival, available onboard for a fee.

Masks

In addition, mask use onboard will be mandatory in public areas during the first seven days of the cruise, while in other destinations (Mediterranean, Caribbean, UAE) mask use is recommended.

In all destinations mentioned, where applicable, the full vaccination requirement applies only to passengers 12 and older (except on world and trans-Atlantic cruises, from age 18 and over), while the antigen test is needed for ages 5 and up.

Crew

Costa crew undergo testing prior to embarkation and periodically onboard.

Details of Costa's COVID-19 protocols are here.

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