Star Clippers has announced a new set of COVID-19 protocols for their fleet of tall clipper ships.
Effective at the start of the winter Caribbean and Central American sailing season, Star Clippers will no longer require passengers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Non-vaccinated passengers will need to present a negative antigen test, performed within 48 hours of embarkation, or a negative RT-PCR test, performed within 72 hours of embarkation.
The test must be administered by an authorized party and home tests will not be accepted.
Passengers who are fully vaccinated with at least all COVID-19 primary series vaccine doses will no longer be required to present a negative antigen or PCR test upon embarkation.
Star Clippers will require proof by way of the original vaccination documents issued by the relevant country’s health authority.
The new policy is issued in conjunction with "continued advanced hygiene protocols onboard including regular disinfecting of public areas, use of air purifiers and ongoing training of crew and staff for symptom detection and response," the company said.
The new policy was in effect on Royal Clipper as of Nov. 5, 2022, Star Clipper beginning Nov. 19, 2022 and Star Flyer beginning Nov. 26, 2022.