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Port of Malaga prepares for cruising as Andalusia gives the green light

Málaga Port Authority's Carlos Rubio said the health measures will help show that cruising can resume safely
The Port of Malaga is preparing to welcome cruise ships, after the Regional Government of Andalusia granted its permission for cruising to resume for both national and international passengers, where regional governments approve.

So far, this is restricted to Andalusia and the Canary Islands; international itineraries are being looked at by the Spanish Government. 

Mandatory health protocols stemming from the EU Healthy Gateways framework will need to be observed.

Safety measures 

Passengers and crew at Andalusia's ports must provide negative PCR tests prior to boarding and ships must contain authorised laboratories to carry out tests for crew members, as well as random tests for cruise passengers.

The capacity on board should be reduced to 60-70%, with cabins free for preventive isolations if needed, either due to a positive COVID-19 result or direct contact with a positive case.

All cruise passengers will need to provide health insurance, which includes hospital admission and accommodation for preventive isolation.

Shore excursions in ‘bubbles’ will be permitted; on board buffet dining is prohibited.

An important step

‘This protocol is an important starting point for the resumption of an essential activity for the port and the destination,’ said Carlos Rubio, president, Málaga Port Authority. 

‘Initially, it will be national itineraries but with health measures that will help us prove that cruise tourism is once again a safe...experience. 

‘This achievement is in addition to the work carried out by the port and the destination during these last months, in collaboration with Suncruise Andalucía and the cruise lines, opening up the opportunity for Malaga to be chosen by cruise lines as a homeport or port of call on their itineraries.’ 

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