Australia and New Zealand Travel Requirements as of January 11, 2022


As destinations around the globe continue to adapt their health and safety protocols, we continually evaluate and update our own requirements as new information becomes available.   If you’re currently booked on a cruise vacation with us and have provided an email address, you will be advised of the latest requirements leading up to departure.  Be sure to register your guest account so that we may reach you.  



For itineraries that have a port of call in Australia and New Zealand, there are 3 documents guests must complete as soon as possible prior to sailing: 

  1. To comply with government protocols when sailing to Australia, all guests must self-disclose their vaccination status, as well as read and acknowledge the Health, Travel, and Financial Risks statement. Please ensure you have completed the form Access Here for each member of your traveling party or you may not be permitted to sail.
  2. All guests* (except for Australian citizens) must also complete the Australian Electronic Travel Authority (eTA) form Access Here.
  3. The government of New Zealand requires all guests (excluding Australia and New Zealand citizens) with a port call, embark or debark in New Zealand to submit a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) form prior to boarding the sailing Acess Here


*Guests onboard the January 14th, 2023 Celebrity Eclipse sailing are exempt from completing the eTA form, as the sailing does not visit an Australian port.


Travel Insurance

January 14th, 2023 and April 6th, 2023 Celebrity Eclipse sailings: Travel insurance is not required to sail with Celebrity Cruises. However, the Immigration Authorities of Fiji and New Caledonia require proof of travel insurance for all guests who wish to go ashore in those ports. Please be prepared to show proof of travel insurance upon boarding and debarking in Fiji and New Caledonia. 



Health Protocols and Requirements


Vaccine Policy to Sail

All guests ages 12 and older* must be fully vaccinated to sail.

COVID-19 booster vaccine shots are not currently required to sail but are highly recommended.

Guests are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if 2 weeks have passed since their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines); or, 2 weeks after a one dose series such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.  

Vaccines approved and accepted by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) will be considered valid.

Guests with a mixed series of any two of the following vaccines taken within a minimum of 28 days between doses, will also be considered fully vaccinated:  

  • Pfizer/Cominarty 
  • Moderna/Spikevax   
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen  
  • AstraZeneca/Covishield/Vaxzevria
  • Sinovac/Coronavac  
  • Sinopharm/BBIBP-CorV 
  • Covaxin
  • Nuvaxovid

Any guest who has received one dose of a vaccine (other than Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) will not be considered fully vaccinated.

All guests ages 12 and older must provide documentation of full vaccination at the terminal as a condition for boarding.  

Please plan to carry your vaccination documentation with you at all times while in port should local authorities or businesses request it to help facilitate entry and/or experiences. 

*Guests onboard the January 14th, 2023 Celebrity Eclipse sailing are not required to provide proof of vaccination to board their sailing, but if they wish to debark the ship in Tonga to enjoy the port, guests over 12 years old must bring proof that they are fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (noted above).


Sailing Testing Requirements 

Pre-Arrival/Embarkation Covid-19 Testing

All guests ages 2 and older must test negative for COVID-19 in order to board their sailing. 

Accepted test options include:

  • A PCR test taken at a private laboratory within 3 days prior to boarding;
  • Any commercially available Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), including self-tests, within 1 day of boarding. Tests do not have to be supervised or proctored. (For guests  selecting this option who are traveling internationally, we strongly recommend pre-purchasing your test kit in your home country and traveling with it to Australia.)
  • Antibody tests will not be accepted.  

All guests ages 2 and older will be asked to present proof of a negative test result. Test results may be presented as a printout, screenshot, or photo of the test result or the actual test. 

For guests traveling internationally and selecting the RAT testing option, we strongly recommend purchasing a test kit in your home country and traveling with it in order to meet the one-day prior-to-boarding testing requirement. 


No Debark testing is required.

Certificates of Recovery 

Guests who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may present a Certificate of Recovery and proof of the positive PCR or RAT test result taken between 11 and less than 90 days prior to the sail date in order to board and be exempt from testing. The Certificate of Recovery can be presented as an NHS COVID Pass, EU Certificate of Recovery or as a letter from a healthcare provider. In addition, you must still present a vaccination card. Please be aware that some ports of call do not accept a Certificate of Recovery for the purposes of debarking and enjoying the destination. We will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in place of a vaccination record.


PRE-CRUISE Test Kit Resources for U.S. Guests

Numerous rapid antigen tests (RAT) are now commercially available at drugstores, pharmacies and other locations. We are also pleased to make a guided test option available for order pre-cruise for U.S. guests. We suggest that you order the test kit(s) at least 10 days in advance of your sailing and plan to travel with them, in order to complete the 1-day prior-to-boarding testing requirement. While these tests exceed government requirements, they do feature a certified guide who walks you through the testing steps and your results are typically ready in about 15 minutes. The cost for COVID-19 test kits may be covered by your health insurance plan.  Please check with your insurance provider for coverage benefits. 



While Onboard

Mask Policy

All guests should wear a mask while travelling through the terminal and in public indoor spaces or crowded outdoor spaces onboard. Guests under 2 years of age will not need to wear a mask.

Celebrity Cruises follows the requirements in all jurisdictions we sail, and please note that mask requirements may vary by the destinations visited on your sailing and/or disembarkation port. This policy is continually updated, and any changes will be shared with guests. 

Please note: These protocols are subject to change. 



While Ashore



Excursions and Going Ashore

All guests may explore on their own in ports of call.

Based upon conditions or regulations in the countries you visit, this policy may change and you may be required to go ashore on a shore excursion provided by Celebrity Cruises. These decisions are always made with your health and safety as our top priority and will be communicated to guests. 



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