The below list outlines the pre-departure testing requirements of the major cruiselines operating into and from Australian ports. Our testing standards are designed to be accepted by cruiselines worldwide, therefore with Zoom based testing it is not essential you are in Australia to use our services.
You must ensure you check and understand the requirements for pre-departure testing and certification for your cruiseship, transit location and final destination.
You can also find out more at www.smarttraveller.com.au
While we do make every effort to keep this page updated, things can change often and Covid Test takes no responsibility for incorrect information that is published here.
- Carnival Cruises
Carnival Cruises including on the Carnival Spendour have the following requirements:
Except where destination requirements differ*, guests who are up to date with their vaccines may take their test within three days prior to sailing. Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccinations, including any booster dose, when eligible. Example: If the sailing is on Saturday, guests who are up to date with their vaccines may take their test as early as Wednesday and as late as Saturday, if guaranteed to receive results in time for check-in.
If a guest is fully vaccinated but not up to date with their vaccines (i.e., is eligible for a booster but has not received one), they must take their pre-cruise COVID-19 test within two days prior to sailing. A fully vaccinated guest who is not up to date with their vaccines may take their test no earlier than Thursday and as late as Saturday.
Type of Tests: An approved rapid antigen test which must happen under live supervision on a video call with a telehealth representative who must confirm the person’s identity, observe the specimen collection and testing procedures, confirm the test result, and issue a report that meets the requirements of acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The telehealth provider must issue a result document that includes all the necessary information which must be presented at the time of check-in.
The tests conducted by CovidTest meet these requirements and certification will be provided.P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises including the Pacific Explorer and other cruises docking at Sydney, Brisbane and Australian ports have the following pre-cruise test requirements:
All guests are required to take a self-administered Rapid-Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours of boarding or a PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding. Declaration of a negative result is required.Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises, including ships such as the Coral Princess, Grand Princess and Majestic Princess have the following pre-cruise test requirements:
Based on current Australian requirements for cruising, all guests will require a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken before boarding:
- Within 24 hours for Rapid-Antigen Test (RAT)
- Within 72 hours for PCR
Guests who have been approved for a vaccination exemption will be advised of additional protocols.
Guests who travel internationally should ensure they understand all entry and airline requirements to travel from their home country and the destinations they plan to visit, including where health authorities may require pre-travel COVID-19 testing.Holland America Line
For everyone’s safety and peace of mind, all guests must be fully vaccinated and provide a negative, medically observed COVID-19 test taken before embarkation.
Vaccinated guests may use a medically observed self-test (sometimes referred to a at-home test) that meets the following criteria:
- Only medically observed self-tests will be accepted. The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Please note, antigen tests are accepted for fully vaccinated guests, but not for unvaccinated guests.
- The testing procedure must include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection. Some FDA-authorized self-tests that include a telehealth service may require a prescription.
- The telehealth provider must confirm the person’s identity, observe the specimen collection and testing procedures, confirm the test result, and issue a report that meets the requirements of the acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test.