P&O Cruises has announced a series of changes to its covid vaccination and testing policies, which will affect all sailings currently on sale.
P&O Cruises 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.
Passengers aged between five and 11 will need to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel, or provide two negative test results prior to their holiday. 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
The covid testing policies have also been amended. Every passenger aged five years and over will need to organise and pay for a private antigen test that shows a negative result the day before embarkation. NHS tests will not be accepted.
P&O Cruises has confirmed that it will accept the following types of test:
- Antigen Lateral Flow
- Rapid antigen test
- Viral antigen test
- Antigen Chromatographic Digital Immunoassay
- Antigen Chemiluminescence Immunoassay
The test will not to need to be observed by a medical professional.
Passengers will need to present their negative antigen test certificate at port – these are often known as Fit to Fly Certificates.
In addition to the antigen test, all unvaccinated guests aged five to 11 years will also need to take a complimentary covid test when they arrive at the terminal.
For holidays that embark in Malta – and in addition to the antigen tests – passengers aged five to 11 years will also need to present a negative PCR test at their own expense. This needs to be taken within 72 hours of arriving in Malta and needs to be presented at the airport, as this is a current requirement for entering the country.
Testing facilities may not be available at the airport, so P&O Cruises highly recommends that tests are arranged prior to arrival.
Ordering a covid test for P&O Cruises
A number of private suppliers are able to offer the covid tests for P&O Cruises, starting from as little as £12 delivered, and issue the Fit to Fly Certificate you need to board. Among them are:
In order to board, you will need to show proof of their vaccination status and valid negative antigen test certificate. Guests that are unable to do so will unfortunately be denied boarding. Many providers will send out the certificate digitally, but having a hard copy to hand can also be useful in the event of technical problems.