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Assist Alert: Cruise Ships Poised to Resume Sailing 

May 3, 2021

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SITUATION BRIEF

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that if companies can guarantee that 95 percent of their passengers and 98 percent of their crew are fully vaccinated, cruise ships will be allowed to sail in U.S. waters again as early as July 2021, more than a year after the CDC issued a "no-sail" edict due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Another change outlined in the letter relaxes a previous requirement that cruise lines give a 30-day notice before conducting test cruises and apply for a certificate 60 days before offering the cruise to passengers. Now the CDC says it will review and respond to applications for simulated voyages within 5 days. 

The CDC also loosened some of its previous testing and quarantine requirements allowing passengers to take a rapid-response test before starting a cruise rather than a polymerase chain-reaction test, which can take longer to process.
   

ADVICE

If you are fully vaccinated:

Get tested 3–5 days after your trip.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after travel; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • You do NOT need to stay home and self-quarantine after cruise travel.
If you are not fully vaccinated:
  • Get tested 3–5 days after your trip.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after travel; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after cruise travel, even if you test negative.
  • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after cruise travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
What to do if you get sick after travel
If you get sick with fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19 following cruise travel:
  • You might have COVID-19. If you do, know that most people are able to recover at home without medical care.
  • Stay home and take other precautions. Avoid contact with others until it’s safe for you to end home isolation.
  • Don’t travel when you are sick or if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room and let them know you might have COVID-19.
  • If you have an emergency warning sign (such as trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately.
  • If you live in close quarters with others, take additional precautions to protect them.

Always follow state and local external icon recommendations or requirements related to travel.

Source: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Travelers Returning from Cruise Ship and River Cruise Voyages (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/returning-cruise-voyages.html)

   

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