Costa Cruises announced that from October 8 sanitary rules will change on all its ships and in port facilities.
The main change — vaccinated passengers will no longer need to be tested before boarding. This applies to Mediterranean cruises, excluding Greece, the Caribbean and the UAE, of less than 14 nights.
Unvaccinated and unill tourists who test negative for antigen or PCR before boarding will also be allowed to board in these regions. Testing must be done no more than 48 hours before boarding.
On cruises with a stopover in Greece, only those who are fully vaccinated or have been ill with coronavirus will be allowed. At the same time, antigen testing within 48 hours before landing is mandatory for everyone.
Morocco cruise passengers who have not been fully vaccinated will be asked to perform an additional PCR test on board no later than 48 hours prior to entry.
Unvaccinated Caribbean cruise passengers may disembark for excursions only if an antigen test conducted 24 or 48 hours prior to their scheduled arrival is negative.
Costa Cruises ships have special reduced rates for passenger testing.
< p>Currently, only fully vaccinated passengers can board cruises departing from the UAE, Oman or Qatar, but testing is not required before boarding.
Passengers on cruises of more than 14 nights, regardless of destination, must be fully vaccinated and pass a negative antigen test within 48 hours before boarding.
In addition, during the first week of travel, a mask must be worn in public places. In some regions — Mediterranean, Caribbean and UAE — Wearing masks is recommended but not required.