Royal Caribbean announced Thursday that vaccinated guests will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test before boarding cruises of six nights or fewer.
This protocol will come into effect on August 8th. Cruise officials said all cruise guests departing before then must comply with applicable protocols, which differ by departure location.
The cruise line continues to require unvaccinated guests and vaccinated guests embarking on a cruise of six nights or longer to undergo a COVID-19 test within three days prior to their departure date.
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Royal Caribbean also said it will continue to maintain a high percentage of fully vaccinated guests, and crew members will continue to be fully vaccinated and refreshed, as well as regularly tested when eligible.
This comes more than a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspended its voluntary COVID-19 cruise ship reporting program on July 18.
To learn more about the newly issued guidelines, click here.
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