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Just as it's been every day since March 13, 2020, today is another day of changes in the world of travel.  For sixteen months I've said expect the unexpected and today August 4, 2021, is a change that I'm glad to see in the world of travel!  

As of August 4, 2021, all guests age 2 and older — regardless of vaccination status — will need to take a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) with an accredited test provider, such as a drugstore chain or diagnostic lab, no more than 3 days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation. Guests will need to show their negative test result upon arriving at the terminal.  All cruise lines have added this to their safe to sale updates and are currently valid for cruises through the end of August 2021, and I personally believe this will be extended for cruises sailing beyond August 2021.

It is important to note that cruises departing from U.S. ports accept either the PCR or antigen test, and cruises departing from international ports may only accept a PCR test.  Travelers should check for updates a minimum of 7 days prior to travel as new safe to sail protocols are changing often, and as soon as I hit publish we may have a new update.

As I mentioned this is a change I am impersonally glad to see, some may disagree, but I had rather know prior to boarding a ship or flying to an international destination that I have a negative test.  I recommend even when traveling to a destination that does not require a negative Covid-19 test to have a test 3 days prior to travel for peace of mind.  

Always remember, travel smart and travel safe!  The world is open and ready to welcome safe travelers…

Find an accredited testing facility near you https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html

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Published by Danny Fisher 770-729-1092  danny@cruisenationwide.com

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