Updated: 12 August 2022

P&O Cruises has announced a series of changes to its Covid vaccination and testing requirements, which will affect all sailings currently on sale.

P&O Cruises Covid vaccination requirements

All guests over the age of 12 embarking on a P&O Cruises sailing are required to be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days before travel. If more than 270 days have elapsed since the full vaccination course was completed (calculated based on the final day of the cruise), a booster vaccine will also be required and must have been administered at least seven days before travel.

All guests aged 12 to 15 years need to be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel. A booster vaccine is not required.

Unvaccinated guests aged five to 11 years are no longer required to take a complimentary lateral flow/antigen test upon arrival at the terminal. Guests under the age of five are exempt from pre-travel vaccination and testing.

Fully vaccinated refers to an individual who has completed a two-dose course of Covid vaccinations, or a single-dose Janssen -19 vaccine (plus a booster if applicable) that has been approved by the MHRA, EMA or WHO. Regardless of the date, if guests have already had a booster vaccination then they are eligible to travel.

P&O Cruises revised Covid testing requirements

From 6 September 2022 self-testing prior to travel will change from ‘mandatory’ to ‘highly recommended’ for vaccinated guests on most holidays.

Only guests sailing on longer, more complex itineraries will be required to have an observed or in person antigen or PCR test with a fit to travel certificate prior to departure. These include sailings of 16 nights or more and other specific cruises.

There is no need to provide proof of the negative test result. NHS tests can be used for this purpose.Also see “Your Cruise Frequently Asked Questions” article