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Oct. 21 update: Israel to open from Nov. 1, NCLH and Princess allow mixed vaccines

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Haifa, Israel's Bahai Gardens
Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-recovery cruise news. This will be updated throughout the day.

Israel to allow vaccinated travelers

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Israel's health and tourism ministries today approved a plan to allow vaccinated and recovered tourists starting Nov. 1, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The plan, which would need to be ratified by the full government, allows visitors who have received a vaccine or booster within the last six months that's approved by the World Health Organization. Children too young to be vaccinated won't be able to enter unless they've recovered from coronavirus in the prior six months.

PCR tests both before travel and on arrival would be required, The Jerusalem Post said. 

Princess updates protocols to cover mixed vaccines

Princess Cruises considers travelers fully vaccinated if they've received their final dose of an authorized/approved COVID-19 vaccine, or any combination of two doses of an authorized/approved vaccine, at least 14 days before their cruise starts. Acceptable vaccines are those OK'd by the US Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.

Specifically: Pfizer (two doses), Moderna (two doses), Johnson & Johnson (one dose), AstraZeneca (two doses), Sinopharm (two doses), Sinovac (two doses) and mixed: Pfizer (one dose) and Moderna (one dose) or AstraZeneca (one dose) and one dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

For the US only, Princess also allows Novavax clinical trial participants who can confirm they have received the two full doses of the active COVID-19 vaccine. 

For Europe only: COVID-19 immunity may be considered equivalent to 'fully vaccinated' if the traveler has received one dose of one of these: Comimaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna) or Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) 14 days or more prior to the cruise after a SARS-CoV-2 infection. A digital COVID certificate of vaccination is required.

NCL, Oceania, Regent also allow mixed vaccines

Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises are also now allowing a mixed vaccine combination of two doses of an FDA-approved/authorized or WHO-listed two-dose series with a minimum interval of 17 days.

 

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