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US Travel Requirements as of December 3, 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.

Requirements For Entering
the US From Abroad

All non-US residents must present a negative NAAT or Antigen test taken with 3 days of travel.

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


All sailings departing the U.S. are subject to guidance from the CDC. As such, Celebrity Cruises will require vaccine eligible guests to be fully vaccinated with all initial doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. Only vaccines that are fully approved or authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted.

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, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, or Covaxin. Youths who have received one dose of a vaccine (other than Johnson & Johnson) will not be considered fully vaccinated..

To comply with this requirement, documentation of full vaccination must be provided at the terminal as a condition for boarding. Celebrity Cruise will not accept any form of Certificate of Recovery.

COVID-19 Booster Vaccine shots are not required to sail on Celebrity Cruises.


Pre-Cruise Testing

Out of an abundance of caution, Celebrity Cruises will be enhancing COVID-19 testing requirements for both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. For US sailings departing through December 31, 2021*, 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 children between the ages of two and eleven years old will be required to bring a negative Antigen or PCR test conducted within three days of boarding. These guests will have an additional COVID-19 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 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.

Please note, for sailings departing on or after December 17, 2021 unvaccinated children, under the age of 12, must arrive at the cruise terminal with a negative PCR test. An additional COVID-19 Antigen test will be administered in the terminal before boarding and on the day before disembarkation.

*Pre-Cruise testing requirements may continue into 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 within three business 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 At-home Test Kit

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

Miami, Florida                         https://gsign.me/xmw

Tampa, Florida                       https://gsign.me/yar

For questions regarding on-site testing please contact, Cruise@covidtestingllc.com (407) 725-8518.

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 On Board

Following CDC Guidelines, masks will not be required for vaccinated guests. Masks are required for unvaccinated guests under 12 years old while indoors when not in their stateroom, eating or drinking.

Sailings outside of North America may require face masks to be worn indoors, except when eating or drinking.



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
  • Colon, Panama
  • Roseau, Dominica
  • St. George's, Grenada
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Castries, St. Lucia

In St. Kitts, 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.

In Grenada fully vaccinated guests may also choose to visit the enclosed port area to purchase an approved independent tour provided by the local government. Please note that these tours are unaffiliated with Celebrity. Guests need to bring their vaccination card when going ashore.

Vaccinated guests can explore the destination on their own in the ports below. However, we highly recommend you choose shore excursions with Celebrity Cruises that follow the same health protocols we have on board:

  • Belize City, Belize
  • Bimini, Bahamas
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Catalina Island, California
  • Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
  • Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Ensenada, México
  • Kralendijk, Bonaire
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Philipsburg, St. Maarten*
  • Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
  • Puerto Vallarta, México
  • Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • St. Croix, USVI
  • St. John’s, Antigua
  • 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 10 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 have recommended that all guests, including fully vaccinated persons, wear a face mask while ashore and particularly while indoors.


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. 

Currently all fully vaccinated guests requiring a COVID-19 test to return to their home country will be provided the option to receive complimentary testing onboard prior to disembarkation. Proof of return travel scheduled within 24 hours of disembarkation will be required. As of Tuesday, November 16, 2021, for new bookings, home country re-entry testing will be available onboard for a fee of $55 per person for an Antigen test or $95 per person for a PCR test.

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.