Disney Cruise Line started sailing again in the summer of 2021.
The COVID-19 testing policies for guests who are sailing with Disney have changed a few times as local government policies are adjusted. Now, policies for all of Disney’s cruise ships have been updated once more with adjustments made to the COVID-19 test policy and vaccination requirements.
Let’s start out with the vaccination requirements. Currently, Disney Cruise Line requires all vaccine-eligible guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of sailing. This requirement goes into effect for all guests ages 5 and up starting on January 13th, 2022.
Based on guidance from the CDC and WHO, Disney Cruise Line accepts the following vaccine types: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax, Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (VeroCell), Sinovac-CoronaVac, and Covavaxin (Bharat Biotech). In order to be “fully vaccinated,” you must be 14 days past your final vaccine dose.
If you’re not eligible to vaccinate due to age, you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken between 3 days and 24 hours before your sailing. If you’re on a sailing that departs before January 13th, guests between the age of 5-11 years old may complete the test requirement in lieu of vaccination. Guests 4 years and younger must complete the test requirement since they aren’t old enough to be vaccinated currently.
So once you complete these requirements, what do you do? Well, all guests should upload their vaccination or negative COVID-19 test proof to the Safe Passage website by Inspire Diagnostics. If you’re traveling before January 13th, children 5-11 may submit proof of vaccination in lieu of providing a negative test result. This information will be submitted through the parent or guardian’s account.
And on embarkation day, all guests (regardless of age or vaccination status) must take a COVID-19 test at the terminal before boarding the ship. It’s administered by Inspire Diagnostics and paid for by Disney Cruise Line, and would be the second of two COVID-19 PCR tests required for unvaccinated guests. Any guest with a positive test result will be denied boarding, along with those sharing a stateroom with said guest and their close contacts.
If you’re sailing for 5 nights or longer, you’ll be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test (paid for by Disney) on the ship the day before debarkation. And those who are on back-to-back sailings will be required to take a COVID-19 test before debarking the ship, followed by another before embarking on the second cruise.
We know that this is a lot to keep track of, so we encourage you to thoroughly read Disney Cruise Line’s Know Before You Go page on the website ahead of your sailing. Keep following AllEars for more updates on Disney Cruise Line policies.
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