Cruise operator Holland America Line simplifies COVID-19 procedures

Cruise operator Holland America Line simplifies COVID-19 procedures

Holland America Line has updated its COVID-19 protocols and procedures, including pre-cruise vaccination and testing requirements. These changes will take effect for all ships departing on or after September 6, 2022.

According to simplified procedures, for most flights of up to 15 nights, vaccinated passengers will no longer need to be tested before the cruise, and unvaccinated You will be asked to self-test for three days prior to boarding. The new protocols do not apply to routes for countries where local regulations require otherwise, including Canada, Australia and Greece.

“Our guests were excited to return to cruising after the pandemic, and the new changes will allow more guests to experience the world in a safe and enjoyable environment,” — said Holland America Line President Gus Antorcha. “The new simplified protocols recognize the evolving nature of COVID-19 while ensuring that we protect the health of our guests, crew members and the communities we visit.”

Key changes for passengers cruises up to 15 nights:

Vaccinated guests must provide proof of vaccination status. Pre-testing is no longer required.

Unvaccinated guests are welcome on board and must provide negative test results within three days prior to boarding.

Protocols for 16-night cruises and more plus full Panama Canal transit, transoceanic and other long haul flights:

All passengers must be tested for COVID-19 and come back negative. The test must be passed within three days before boarding.

Tourists making long voyages will be provided with additional information about the protocols at the visited ports.

Documents can be submitted electronically before boarding, to simplify and speed up the check-in process.

Holland America Line encourages guests to visit the TravelWell section of their official website for pre-cruise updates and instructions on submitting test results.

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