20 May 2021

COVID-19: cruise ship travel

Advice for travellers to who have booked or are planning a cruise ship holiday COVID-19: cruise ship travel
  • This updates the news item of 14 May 2021

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) continues to advise against all international cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Based on advice from Public Health England (PHE), the recommendation applies to international travel on sea-going cruise ships, which provide overnight accommodation and leisure facilities, with people from multiple households [1].

On 18 May 2021, guidance was published permitting UK domestic cruises. These cruises may operate beyond UK waters, but are currently restricted to UK port calls and are for residents from the UK and Common Travel Area (Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Ireland).

Different national restrictions may also be in place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Travellers must follow the rules that apply to them.

Advice for travellers

If you have future cruise travel plans, you are advised contact your cruise line, travel operator, or the travel company you booked with, for further advice. Also, check the general travel guidance on GOV.UK website along with the country specific FCDO foreign travel advice and our Country Information pages.

Advice for health professionals

Health professionals who get queries about cruise ship travel are advised to direct members of the public to the FCDO advice and the travel operator for more information.

The government advice on cruise ship travel will continue to be reviewed according to the latest medical information.

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