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Southampton Travel Requirements as of July 29, 2021


Travel requirements vary by homeport country. Be sure you’re aware of both homeport country and Celebrity Cruises vaccine and testing requirements as they may differ. We will continually evaluate and update these requirements and protocols as new information becomes available. Booked guests will be advised of the latest requirements leading up to departure.


Vaccination Policy

Only residents of England, Scotland, Wales, The Channel Islands and Northern Ireland are permitted to sail at this time. Guests aged 18 years and older must be fully vaccinated with all Covid-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. Proof of vaccination will be required. All Crew members onboard will be vaccinated. 

How To Show Your Vaccination Status

Guests must show their vaccination status via the NHS app on their phone when they arrive at the pier.

  • English guests: should click here to download the NHS App
  • Scottish guests: should click here to download the Scottish NHS APP
  • Welsh guests: are able to request a vaccination certificate for travel, it can take up to 10 working days for the certificate to arrive so please leave sufficient time. Please click here.
  • Northern Ireland guests: As Northern Ireland guests still do not have a proof of vaccination solution available, we will accept the vaccination cards until a solution is found.

For guests who live in areas where an NHS APP isn’t yet enabled – guests have two options for showing their vaccination status. Either one of the two options below will be sufficient:

By showing a vaccination certificate


By showing a signed doctor's letter

The vaccination certificate or doctor’s' letter must show the dates of the 2 vaccinations which must be administered at least 14 days prior to the cruise departure date. A printout or a digital copy will be accepted.  

Guests who have had their vaccinations administered in countries outside of the UK, will need to bring proof of their vaccinations along with proof of residency in the UK. Accepted proof of vaccination status is either a doctor’s letter or vaccination certificate. Please click here for a list of accepted documents for proof of UK residency. 

Celebrity will consider a guest fully vaccinated with proof of vaccination that can include mixed doses of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines. Guests sailing on Celebrity Silhouette from Southampton can have mixed doses that include AstraZeneca, as long as, the AstraZeneca dose is administered first, and then either the Pfizer or Moderna dose within 8-12 weeks. No other mixed vaccine doses will be accepted.    


Testing + Health Screening Policy

All guests will also require proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 (this may be displayed either as an RT-PCR or PCR test, both of which are acceptable) taken within 3 days of sail date. The PCR test for Covid-19 and antigen tests required will be at the expense of Celebrity Cruises. PCR testing for Covid-19 instructions will be provided via email in advance of sailing, further information can also be found here. Any additional testing or protocols will be confirmed nearer to the point of sailing in line with the most up to date recommendations of the UK government and our Healthy Sail Panel. 

For Unvaccinated Children 

  • A complimentary negative PCR test for Covid-19 taken within 3 days of sail date is required for all unvaccinated guests aged 6 months – 17 years  
  • Guests can book a complimentary PCR test via the Eurofins service offered by Celebrity Cruises
  • Children aged 6 months to 17 years require an antigen test at the terminal prior to boarding and a further antigen test on the day before disembarkation.
  • Children aged 6 months – 17 years do not need to pre-register for their antigen tests. Registration and the antigen testing will be completed at the pier and onboard Celebrity Silhouette.   
  • This is a rapid test and results will be available within 30 minutes.    
  • Guests aged below 6 months are not permitted to travel.    


While Ashore

Celebrity Cruises has developed a rich selection of curated shore excursions, working with local tour operators to ensure that they are not only enriching and inspiring, but also that they follow local government health protocols. The selection of excursions offers a wide variety for all interests. To ensure we adhere to the protocols defined by UK government, we are only permitted to allow guests who have booked a curated shore excursion through Celebrity Cruises to debark Celebrity Silhouette when in port. 


While On Board

Face masks will be required for all guests 11 years and above. Masks must be worn whilst indoors but will not be required whilst drinking or eating or whilst outside. 



Guests that do not meet the testing and health screening policy requirements will be denied boarding.

NOTICE: For U.S. cruises and guests: Prior to sailing, please consult all applicable U.S. Centers for Disease Control travel advisories, warnings, or recommendations relating to cruise travel, at If a certain threshold level of covid-19 is detected onboard the ship during your voyage, the voyage will end immediately, the ship will return to the port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted or delayed. For cruises and guests worldwide: Health and safety protocols, guest conduct rules, and regional travel restrictions vary by ship and destination, and are subject to change without notice. Due to evolving health protocols, imagery and messaging may not accurately reflect onboard and destination experiences, offerings, features, or itineraries. These may not be available during your voyage, may vary by ship and destination, and may be subject to change without notice.