Latest Travel Requirements - Valid from 24th October 2021
From 24th October 2021, fully vaccinated travellers can now take a lateral flow test on or before day two of their UK return from a non-red list country, instead of opting for the PCR test.
People will be able to take photographs of their negative lateral flow results and booking reference supplied by the provider and send it back.
Travellers can book the tests, which still have to be bought privately, from 22nd October when a list of approved private providers will be posted on gov.uk
Travel Requirements - Valid from 4th October 2021
The latest updates for international travel to England come into effect on Monday 4th October 2021. The requirements for countries not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status and what the destination country requires.Travel into England (from countries not on red list)
From 4th October 2021, if you are travelling from the rest of the world into England and have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days (proven either digitally or paper format) you must complete a Passenger Locator Form and arrange to take a COVID-19 test either on or before day 2 after arrival into England (at your own expense).
You will no longer be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test, take a day 8 Covid-19 test or quarantine for 10 days after arriving in England.
If you are not fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or do not qualify under the vaccination rules in place, you must take a pre-departure COVID-19 test 3 days before you travel to England, book and pay for the day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests after arrival in England and a passenger locator form must be completed any time within 48 hours before you arrive in England. You must also quarantine in the place you are staying for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of arrival in England.Travelling Abroad from England
Before travelling ensure the country you are travelling to is allowing people from England to enter and whether they are accepting essential travel only.
By checking the countries COVID regulations this will inform you whether you need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of your vaccination status to enter, as well as whether you are required to quarantine on arrival.
Requirements valid from 4th October 2021
This guidance provides information on the traffic light system and how it will work to allow travel to resume in 2021, along with the requirements for PCR and Antigen testing by GOV.uk and all cruise lines.
In addition to the requirements below, we advise that you check the our travel advice and requirements here.
|Measure||Fully Vaccinated*||Not Fully Vaccinated|
|Passenger Locator Form||Yes||Yes|
|Test Before Travel To England||No||Yes - take a COVID-19 test in the three days before travel to England|
|Quarantine||No||For up to 10 days at home or in the place you're staying|
|Test Once Arrived In England||Yes - take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2.||Yes - take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8. These must be booked ahead of your travel.|
|Test to Release||N/A||If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.|
*With an approved vaccine and recognised certificate.
N.B. There may be additional charges applicable to pre- and post-departure testing.
Passenger Locator Form
If you’re travelling on a cruise that lasts 19 days or less, you can submit the form in the 48 hours before boarding. If your cruise is longer, you can submit the form while travelling.
You can sign up for travel alerts and destination specific information at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. This includes any visa requirements, entry restrictions, screening or quarantine requirements for your destination.
We advise you to monitor the requirements throughout the period leading up to your holiday and specifically at the following intervals:
- Before and at the time of booking
- When you receive and check your tickets
- Two weeks before departure
- One week before departure
- 48 hours before departure
- 48 hours before your return to the UK
To keep up-to-date with the latest information, please visit:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19
Cruise Line Requirements
Please check your cruise line for the conditions of travel. These requirements are in addition to any requirements of the destination country of travel.
We advise you to take out adequate travel insurance at the time of booking your holiday. Cruise lines require all passengers to have adequate travel insurance covering medical and repatriation and boarding could be refused if evidence of travel insurance cannot be provided. To get an online quote for travel insurance, you can visit First Travel or Rush Insurance to arrange suitable cover. These are suggested referrals only and SixStarCruises does not recommend any specific insurance companies.
Cruise lines have specific requirements for travel insurance please refer to your cruise lines’ terms and conditions or visit our latest Cruise Line Protocols here, for more information.
Where proof of vaccination is required, this can be accessed via the new NHS app. Click here for full details.
|Cruise Line||Vaccination Requirements||Medical Questionnaire||Testing Requirements|
|Celebrity Cruises||All guests aged 18 or over are required to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel and to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding.||All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire before travel||All guests are required to present a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days prior to sailing. Additionally, all guests aged 17 and under will be required to take an antigen test at the terminal and prior to debarkation if required for home country re-entry.|
|Azamara||All guests 12 yrs + will be required to be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to sailing and to provide proof of vaccination. .||Waiting on further information from the cruise line.||All guest are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test. On-board, complimentary testing and medical evaluations will be available.|
|Regent Seven Seas Cruises||All guests must be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to embarkation and provide proof of vaccination.||All guests will undergo pre-embarkation health screening including an enhanced health questionnaire & touchless temperature checks.||Pre-boarding COVID testing may be conducted depending on the specific port of departure & requirements of local health authorities.|
|Oceania Cruises||All guests must be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to embarkation and provide proof of vaccination.||All guests will undergo pre-embarkation health screening including an enhanced health questionnaire & touchless temperature checks.||Before travel, guests are required to be tested 1-3 days before departure, even if you are fully vaccinated.|
|Seabourn||All guests must be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to embarkation and provide proof of vaccination.||All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire, passage contract and COVID-19 risk acceptance before boarding.||All guests are required to take an antigen test at the port. Pre-departure tests are provided on Day 6 Antigen/PCR for home country re-entry. All tests are complimentary|
|Silversea||All guests must be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to embarkation and provide proof of vaccination via 'My Silversea' app||All guests will undergo pre-embarkation health screening including an enhanced health questionnaire & touchless temperature checks.||All guests are required to take an antigen test prior to boarding. Rapid antigen tests are provided for all disembarking guests. PCR tests can be provided by request on board, these will need to be pre-arranged. All test are complimentary.|
|Scenic Ocean||All guests are required to have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of vaccination||All guests are required to complete a pre-departure medical health evaluation||Waiting on further information from the cruise line.|
|Emerald Cruises||All guests are required to have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of vaccination||All guests are required to complete a pre-departure medical health evaluation||Waiting on further information from the cruise line.|
|Crystal Cruises||All guests 12yrs + are required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to embarkation and provide proof of vaccination.||A Health Questionnaire and 'Declaration of Safety' are required to be completed before embarkation.||All guests are required to take a pre-embarkation antigen test.|
PCR tests can be ordered if required to be arranged and paid for by guests before travel. Please check the above grid for your cruise line requirements. Many cruise lines require Antigen tests in place of PCR tests.
If you need to order a PCR test there are a number of providers available. You can find a full list of the providers available at Gov.uk where they have both local and national testing providers.
PCR testing is wholly the responsibility of the guest to arrange where not provided by the cruise line and Cruise118.com does not take responsibility for the timely completion of any tests that are arranged through a third party testing provider.
The FCDO still advises against overseas travel to many destinations including those classed as Amber, as well as overseas cruise travel. We expect this advice to change to bring it in line with the new travel advice and Amber guidelines.
In the meantime, we would advise you to check your travel insurance, and should the advice not change and you decide you do not want to travel you have the additional flexibility of the cruise lines' cruise with confidence policies.
Please check the up to date FCDO travel advice at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.