You'll need to be vaccinated if you want to take a cruise, but you don't need the COVID-19 vaccine for all travel - yet
- Generally, you do not need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to
- However, fully vaccinated travelers may be subject to fewer restrictions.
- Some cruise companies and airlines are increasingly announcing vaccination requirements.
As more people receive the COVID-19
At the moment, you don't need to be vaccinated to travel generally, but full vaccination opens up more doors for travelers, and it may be required for certain types of travel in the future.
Full vaccination is already making travel easier for someA handful of countries around the world, like Ecuador and Iceland, have waived entry restrictions for travelers who have been fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers, on the other hand, may need to present negative COVID-19 test results and quarantine upon arrival.
Cruise lines and airlines are increasingly announcing vaccination requirements
Several private companies have also instituted, or plan to institute, vaccination requirements for travelers.On April 6, Qatar Airlines became the first airline to operate a fully vaccinated flight, carrying only vaccinated crew and passengers. In March, Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, told NBC Nightly News that the airline will likely require proof of vaccination on international flights in the future.
And major cruise lines like Royal Caribbean have also announced fully vaccinated journeys that will set sail starting in late spring.Down the road, governments may require travelers to present digital
The EU is also currently working on a vaccine passport program that will allow fully vaccinated residents to move freely among member states. It hopes to launch the program by mid-June.
While vaccine passports won't be federally mandated in the US, states and businesses may require them.Last month, New York launched a
Whether or not you are fully vaccinated, you should still take precautions like wearing a face mask and social distancing wherever you are traveling, since there is still a chance that fully vaccinated people may catch and spread COVID-19.
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