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RCL walks back Chinese passport ban, but some ports enforce it

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ended what it called a ‘temporary general restriction’ on holders of passports from China, Hong Kong and Macau.

This was among a number of coronavirus precautions.

‘The general restriction was adopted last week in response to numerous ports and governments around the world restricting travel for Chinese passport holders, often with little advance notice,’ the company said. ‘Now that these governmental restrictions have been clarified, we are able to clarify our own policies.’

15-day restriction on travel from/in China

Royal Caribbean’s 15-day restriction on anyone who has traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau remains in effect, and so do restrictions on individuals who have been in close contact anyone who has been to or through China, Hong Kong and Macau in the past 15 days.

Royal Caribbean noted many countries are refusing entry to persons who have traveled from, to or through China in the past 14 days, and often require Chinese travelers to submit to additional health screenings and document review.

Current port restrictions

In addition, RCL summarized the current port restrictions for China passport holders:

Bahamas — No entry for anyone with prior 20-day mainland China travel, regardless of nationality.

India — No arrival visas for China passports.

Indonesia and Sri Lanka — No entry permitted to China passport holders.

Japan — No entry permitted for China passports issued in Hubei and Zhejiang provinces.

Malaysia — No entry permitted for China passports issued in Hubei, Zhejiang or Jiangsu provinces.

Singapore and Vietnam — No entry permitted for China passport holders. Ship will be denied entry.

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