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Azamara drops pre-cruise testing, retains vaccine requirement

  • Cruises
  •   07-20-2022  10:10 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Azamara drops pre-cruise testing, retains vaccine requirement
Azamara Onward. (Pax Global Media)
Pax Global Media

Azamara will remove its COVID-19 embarkation testing requirement beginning July 25, 2022, the cruise line announced in a press release on July 19.

The relaxed policy excludes ports where it is still required in accordance with country regulations, the cruise line said.

Azamara, however, will still require proof of vaccination prior to embarkation and recommends all guests departing from any port get tested at their leisure prior to travel.

“…but those results will not be required to board an Azamara vessel,” the brand said.

The pre-cruise testing remains as a requirement for travellers embarking in a port where these protocols remain.

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In those cases, guests will still need to produce a negative COVID-19 test before sailing. A list of these ports is provided here.

“The easing of our testing policy marks a step in the right direction towards a return to normalcy for the travel and cruising industry,” said President of Azamara Carol Cabezas. “Cruising is one of the safest ways to travel, and our existing health and safety protocols onboard will ensure peace of mind for our guests and crew as we move forward.”

The company still requires that all guests 12 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before sailing with all required COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Azamara crew are also required to be fully vaccinated.

The company says that COVID-19 testing will continue to be available to guests onboard as needed.

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