Norwegian Cruise Line is waiving COVID-19 testing requirements


MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line is dropping the requirement for passengers to test negative for COVID-19 prior to sailing, unless required by local regulations.

The company said Wednesday it would drop testing requirements on August 1 except on ships departing from places with local testing rules, including the United States, Canada, Bermuda and Greece.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires pre-voyage testing for passengers on 94 ships participating in CDC’s voluntary COVID-19 program, including Norwegian ships sailing in the United States

Norwegian requires vaccinated U.S. passengers to provide a negative antigen test for COVID-19 within two days of travel or a negative PCR test within three days prior to departure. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will be subject to further testing upon boarding and disembarking the ship.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. said it will relax its testing policy in other countries to be in line with other sectors of the travel industry “as society continues to adjust and return to a state of normalcy”.

The cruise industry complains that when the pandemic hit, it was singled out for closure by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while airlines were not.

Norwegian, headquartered in Miami, operates the Norwegian, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas lines.


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