US Travel Requirements as of May 13, 2022

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.


 
Requirements For Entering
the US From Abroad

Effective, December 6, 2021, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one (1) day before travel to the United States.

Be sure to save a copy on your phone and bring a printed copy. Name on test results must match those on government issued identification.

 

 



Health Protocols and Requirements

Vaccines

All guests who are eligible to be vaccinated must be fully vaccinated with all initial doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. As of May 5, 2022, this will include all guests 12 years of age and older on all Celebrity Cruises sailings. 

For all sailings, including U.S. and Global departures, we will recognize a mixed series of any two of the following vaccines with a minimum of 28 days between doses, as fully vaccinated: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Covishield, Sinovac, Sinopharm, or Covaxin. Any guest who has received one dose of a vaccine (other than Johnson & Johnson) will not be considered fully vaccinated. 

COVID-19 Booster Vaccine shots are not currently required to sail on Celebrity Cruises but are highly recommended to avoid additional testing and costs, at your expense.  

Documentation of full vaccination must be provided at the terminal as a condition for boarding.

 

Pre-Cruise Testing

Out of an abundance of caution, Celebrity Cruises requires all guests two years of age and older to present a digital or printed copy of negative COVID-19 test result in order to board any sailing. 

All vaccinated guests are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result at the time of embarkation. This test may be taken as either as an Antigen or PCR test, conducted within two days of boarding the ship. Each guest is responsible for making their own arrangements with an accredited testing provider as well as covering all associated costs.

Unvaccinated guests will be required to bring a negative PCR test conducted within three days of boarding. These guests will be given an additional COVID-19 Antigen test at the terminal prior to embarkation and on the day before disembarkation. The CDC has advised unvaccinated guests cannot be tested twice in one day as it may affect the accuracy of the test results, therefore the COVID-19 PCR test required before arriving at the terminal cannot be taken on boarding day. A registration link for required onsite testing at the terminal will be emailed separately.

Beginning with sailings departing on or after March 18, 2022, guests who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may present a Certificate of Recovery and proof of the positive PCR test result taken between 11-90 days prior to the sail date in order to board. We will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in place of a vaccination record. Additionally, please be aware that some ports of call do not accept a Certificate of Recovery for the purposes of debarking and enjoying the destination. For more details, please visit our FAQs.

*Pre-Cruise testing requirements may continue throughout 2022.

 

Testing Options

Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test
For fully vaccinated guests, a home-test kit is available for purchase on our website. We are working with Optum, an authorized medical provider to offer this option to our guests. Complete your pre-cruise test at home or any place of your choosing with the help of live video supervision by a Certified Guide. This test kit will be delivered anywhere in the United States* including your pre-cruise hotel, typically within 7 days following your order date. For the best shipping experience, we recommend placing your order at least a full week before the day you plan to take your test. Your validated test results will be delivered within 15 minutes. Order here

*A United States address, and a credit card issued by a Financial Institution in the United States, will be required to purchase these test kits. If you need assistance, please email support@store.optum.com or call (855) 946-4463.

The cost for COVID-19 test kits may be covered by your health insurance plan.  Please check with your insurance provider for coverage benefits.

Bioreference - Scarlet Concierge Service
In partnership with Bio-reference a concierge testing option is also available for our fully vaccinated guests. Bio-reference will send a qualified medical technician to your home, office, hotel, or any place you choose, to perform the test. The cost is $85 per person. Your results will be ready in about 48 hours. Click here to make an appointment.

International Guests Only - Onsite Cruise Port Testing (Limited Availability) – For international guests who are unable to arrange testing via the options above, a limited amount of on-site testing appointments will be available at the cruise port. The cost for onsite testing starts at $99 per person. Advance registration is required. Please chose the appropriate link for your departure port below to complete your purchase and registration. 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida         https://bioreference.force.com/cel

For questions regarding on-site testing in Fort Lauderdale please contact, patientportal@bioreference.com  (888) 279-0967. (Onsite Cruise Port Testing is not available for ships embarking in Port Everglades Terminal 29.)

Should a guest be unable to complete the testing requirements, a 100% refund or Future Cruise Credit will be offered.  Additional testing and protocols will be confirmed closer to your sailing departure date in line with the most up to date recommendations from local government and health officials as well as our Healthy Sail Panel.  These measures, including vaccination and testing requirements, will evolve along with public health standards. 

The governments of the Bahamas, Antigua, Dominica and the US Virgin Islands, have now advised all passengers ages 12 and older, traveling aboard a cruise ship, must be fully vaccinated in order for the ship to be allowed entry into the Bahamas, St. Johns, Roseau, St. Thomas, St. Croix, or St. John. To comply with this requirement, guests ages 12 and older must provide documentation of full vaccination at the terminal as a condition for boarding.

Guests visiting the Bahamas on any sailing departing from the US, do not need to apply for the health visa. 

As of September 3, 2021, the government of the Bahamas will require all guests, 12 years of age and older, to be fully vaccinated in order to enter the country by air or sea. This will include guests traveling on a cruise ship. When arriving to the Bahamas directly by air, all guests, two years of age and older, regardless of vaccination status, will now be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result. This test may be taken as either a PCR test or an Antigen test, conducted within five days prior to arrival. Each guest is responsible for making their own arrangements with an accredited testing provider as well as all associated costs.


 
While Onboard

Mask Policy

While onboard, masks are optional but highly recommended for unvaccinated guests.

Masks are also optional in the cruise terminal throughout boarding, screening and while disembarking, unless otherwise required by a local ordinance. We will notify guests at the terminal if masks are required.

 


 

While Ashore

 

All vaccinated guests may go ashore on their own in ports where it's permitted.

Please be aware that as destination conditions change, you may be required to go ashore on a shore excursion provided by Celebrity Cruises. This will help to keep you safe and healthy for the rest of your vacation.

Unvaccinated guests and families with unvaccinated children may only go ashore on a shore excursion provided by Celebrity Cruises.

Shore excursion guidance is listed below. We will continue to monitor and update as any changes to local requirements occur.

Excursions provided by Celebrity Cruises are required in: 

  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Castries, St. Lucia
  • Kingstown, St. Vincent


In St Lucia, Barbados, and Dominica, fully vaccinated guests may also choose to visit the enclosed port area to enjoy the shops and in that area can also purchase an approved independent tour provided by the local government. Please note that these tours are unaffiliated with Celebrity.

Vaccinated guests can explore the destination on their own in the ports below. However, we highly recommend you choose shore excursions with Celebrity Cruises:

  • Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Bimini, Bahamas
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Colon, Panama
  • Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • George Town, Grand Cayman
  • Key West, USA
  • Kralendijk, Bonaire
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Philipsburg, St. Maarten*
  • Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • Roseau, Dominica
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • St. Croix, USVI
  • St. George’s, Grenada
  • St. John’s, Antigua
  • St. Thomas, USVI
  • Tortola, BVI
  • Willemstad, Curacao

While in Aruba and Grenada, the use of masks is required while indoors, except for while eating and drinking.

*The St. Maarten government requires all unvaccinated guests age 5 and older, be tested 2 days prior to disembarking and visiting St. Maarten. Test will be provided onboard.

The local health authorities in St. Thomas and St. Croix require that all guests, including vaccinated persons wear a mask in all seaports and airports and on ALL transportation.

 


 
Travel Home – US and Abroad

Unvaccinated children are required to take a COVID-19 test prior to re-entry into the U.S. This complimentary test will be administered onboard. 

All fully vaccinated guests requiring a COVID-19 test to return to their home country will be provided the opportunity to receive testing in the cruise port during disembarkation. Proof of return travel scheduled within 24 hours of disembarkation will be required. Details on testing registration will be provided onboard. Testing will be complimentary for guests with cruise reservations booked prior to November 16, 2021.  For new bookings made on or after November 16, 2021, testing will be available for a per person fee. The cost for onsite cruise port testing starts at $99 per person.  Prices vary by port and test type. 

*Test prices are set by each vendor and not by Celebrity Cruises. Payments will be made directly to the vendor providing the service. Celebrity Cruises will not collect or retain any portion of this payment.

Back-to-Back Cruises

Guests sailing on back-to-back cruises must show proof of vaccination and are required to take a COVID-19 test producing negative results between each sailing. Guests who are not fully vaccinated or are not eligible to be vaccinated, are not able to sail on back-to back-cruises.

For guests sailing back-to-back on any Royal Caribbean Group ship, complimentary testing will be provided onboard. 

Effective November 16, 2021 - If sailing on a cruise brand other than those within the Royal Caribbean Group, guests will be responsible for making their own arrangements with an accredited testing provider as well as covering all associated costs.

 


 

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 www.cdc.gov/travel/notices. 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.