Vaccine and testing policy.

Correct as of 14 December 2022.

We have made some recent changes to our vaccination policy, and in addition self-testing prior to travel has changed from ‘mandatory’ to ‘highly recommended’ for vaccinated guests on our standard Cunard voyages.

However, some voyages have enhanced testing requirements due to the length of cruise, ports of call, or the ship’s onward destination.

To see which category your voyage falls into please check your voyage number here.

Please note, we have only categorised voyages departing up to and including 1 March 2023  on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and up to and including 21 March 2023 for voyages departing on Queen Mary 2.

The vaccination and testing policy for voyages departing after these dates will be published in due course. Although it may change, it is our intention that voyages from 23 April onwards on-board Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 and voyages from 8 June on board Queen Elizabeth will not require guests to be vaccinated unless there are specific country or voyage requirements in place at the time of sailing.

Requirements for standard voyages.

Below is our vaccination and testing policy for the voyage numbers listed here.

 

Covid-19 vaccinations required

Covid-19 test recommended

(to be taken within 3 days of sailing)

Fully vaccinated*

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)

Booster recommended if eligible

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)
Guests aged 18 years and over
Children aged five-17 years
Children aged four years and under

 

Standard vaccination requirements.

For your voyage all guests aged 18 years and over need to be fully vaccinated* with an approved Covid-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to travel.

Guests aged 17 years and under are not required to be vaccinated.

Guests who are unable to provide their proof of vaccination status as required, will unfortunately be denied boarding. 

Standard testing requirements.

While testing is no longer mandatory, we highly recommend that all guests aged 5 years and over, take a Covid‑19 lateral flow/antigen test in the three days before, or on the day of departure.

Voyages with additional requirements.

Below is our vaccination and testing policy for the voyage numbers listed here.

 

Covid-19 vaccinations required for voyages with enhanced requirements

Covid-19 test required

(to be organised by the guest and taken before travelling to the embarkation terminal)

Fully vaccinated*

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)

Plus booster if eligible^

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)
Guests aged 18 years and over
Children aged 12-17
Children aged 5-11
Children aged 4 years and under

 

Vaccinations for voyages with additional requirements.

Guests aged 18 years and over, must be fully vaccinated* with a recognised Covid-19 vaccine plus, a single booster vaccination if eligible^ a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. A second booster vaccination is not required.

All guests aged 12-17 years need to be fully vaccinated*, with a recognised Covid-19 vaccine, a minimum of 14 days before travelling. They do not require a booster.

Guests under 12 years of age do not need to be vaccinated but please note the testing requirements below.

Guests who are unable to provide their proof of vaccination status and a negative Covid-19 test result, as required, will unfortunately be denied boarding.

Testing for voyages with additional requirements.

For your voyage all guests are required to take a self-administered Rapid-Antigen (RAT)/Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of embarkation OR a PCR test within 48 hours prior to embarkation. You will be required to declare your negative result to travel and may be asked to show appropriate proof of your negative test result.

Please note, testing facilities will not be available at the terminal.

The following formats are acceptable proofs of a negative Covid-19 test:

For Rapid Antigen (RAT)/Lateral Flow results:

  • One (1) photo which shows all together, the Rapid Antigen (RAT)/ Lateral Flow negative test result, government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) a clock displaying the time (e.g. a watch, mobile phone, wall clock) and date of testing written on a piece of paper.

Ensure that you have this photo with you as you may be asked to show it upon request.

For PCR results:

  • The text message received from the relevant laboratory or health authority which confirms the Travel Covid-19 PCR test result.

Guests who are unable to provide their proof of vaccination status and a negative Covid-19 test result, as required, will unfortunately be denied boarding.

Additional measures, such as complimentary mandatory testing on board, may be introduced during your sailing as we continue to work with our experts and with government bodies across all the destinations we call at. Rest assured, our focus is always to protect the health and wellbeing of our guests and crew and the communities we visit.

Australia and New Zealand voyages.

Below is our vaccination and testing policy for all voyages visiting Australia or New Zealand ports (affecting the voyage numbers listed here).

 

Covid-19 vaccinations required

Covid-19 test required

(to be organised by the guest and taken before travelling to the embarkation terminal)

Fully vaccinated*

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)

Plus booster if eligible^

(a minimum of 14 days prior to travel)
Guests aged 18 years and over
Children aged 12-17 years
Children aged 5-11 years
Children aged 4 years and under

 

Vaccinations for Australia and New Zealand voyages.

Guests aged 18 years and over, must be fully vaccinated* with a recognised Covid-19 vaccine plus , a booster vaccination if eligible^ a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. A second booster vaccination is not required.

All guests aged 12-17 years need to be fully vaccinated*, with a recognised Covid-19 vaccine, a minimum of 14 days before travelling. They do not require a booster.

Guests under 12 years of age do not need to be vaccinated but please note the testing requirements below.

Guests who are unable to provide their proof of vaccination status and a negative Covid-19 test result, as required, will unfortunately be denied boarding.

Testing for Australia and New Zealand voyages.

For your voyage all guests embarking in Australia are required to take a self-administered Rapid-Antigen Test (RAT)/Lateral Flow within 24 hours of embarkation OR a PCR test within 48 hours prior to embarkation. You will be required to declare your negative result to travel and may be asked to show appropriate proof of your negative test result.

The following formats are acceptable proofs of a negative Covid-19 test:

For Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)/Lateral Flow results:

  • One (1) photo which shows all together the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)/Lateral Flow negative test result, government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) a clock displaying the time (e.g. a watch, mobile phone, wall clock) and date of testing written on a piece of paper.

 

Ensure that you have this photo with you as you may be asked to show it upon request.

For PCR results:

  • The text message received from the relevant laboratory or health authority which confirms the Travel Covid-19 PCR test result.

 

Guests who are unable to provide their proof of vaccination status and a negative Covid-19 test result, as required, will unfortunately be denied boarding.

 Additional measures, such as complimentary mandatory testing on board, may be introduced during your sailing as we continue to work with our experts and with government bodies across all the destinations we call at. Rest assured, our focus is always to protect the health and wellbeing of our guests and crew and the communities we visit.

Additional notes for all voyages.