VACCINES & TESTING
What COVID-19 vaccine types are accepted?
We only accept vaccines that are approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA, or the World Health Organization, or the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Some countries and regions on the itinerary may only accept vaccines approved by their regulatory agencies.
Currently approved or authorized vaccine types:
COVID-19 Vaccination Manufacturer
Also known as:
Pfizer: 2 Doses
Comirnaty / BioNTech
Moderna: 2 Doses
Johnson & Johnson: 1 Dose
AstraZeneca: 2 Doses
Covishield / Vaxzevria
Sinopharm: 2 Doses
Sinovac: 2 Doses
Covaxin: 2 Doses
Novavax: 2 Doses
Covovax / Nuvaxovid
Exceptions to the above may apply to itineraries that sail to ports where certain vaccine combinations are not accepted.
For updated authorized vaccine information, refer to:
authorized U.S. FDA vaccines
authorized World Health Organization vaccines
authorized European Medicines Agency vaccines
Are mixed vaccines types accepted?
We accept mixed vaccines types only if at least 2 doses of an authorized vaccine were administered at least 28 days apart, with the last dose given at least 14 days before the sailing date. For example: Pfizer (1 Dose) + Moderna; AstraZeneca (1 dose) + Pfizer (1Dose) OR Moderna (1 Dose).
What is considered fully vaccinated?
A guest is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the last dose in their primary vaccine series. On embarkation day, a minimum of 15 days must have passed since receiving the final dose in a vaccine series. Some destinations define a fully vaccinated guests as someone who has received their booster dose, if eligible.
Are guests required to be boosted on any of your sailings?
Boosters may be required for specific voyages based on duration and destination requirements. To sail on cruises of 16 days or longer, all guests, age 18 and older, who are more than 6 months past the last dose of their initial vaccine series must be boosted.
What kind of proof of vaccination will Carnival accept?
An original CDC Vaccination Card, a digital certificate (QR code), a record of vaccination from a healthcare provider (original digital email), a personal electronic health record or government Immunization Information System record is acceptable. The name and birth date on the vaccination record must match the guest's travel documents. The vaccination dates must indicate the guest has completed the required doses no later than 14 days prior to the sailing date (not including embarkation day). Vaccine type, dates administered, and lot numbers must be clearly visible. When required, booster dose must also be reflected on vaccination records.
Do I have to test before going on a cruise?
Vaccinated guests are encouraged to test before their sailing but it is not required unless travelling on a cruise of 16 nights or longer, or as required by a destination. Unvaccinated guests, or vaccinated guests without proof of vaccination, will have to present the negative results of a PCR or antigen test taken no earlier than 3 days before sailing or as required by a destination. Please refer to our main page for destination specific requirements.
What kind COVID-19 tests do you accept and what am I required to present?
In addition to lab administered tests, self-testing is accepted for unvaccinated guests on cruises 15 nights and shorter. Certain destinations do not accept unsupervised pre-cruise testing, i.e., Bermuda. If used for visiting these destinations, self-testing must be supervised by a medical professional.
Regardless of the type of test taken, guests will be required to present their negative test results via VeriFLY, or as part of the embarkation process.
If the test taken is supervised by a medical professional, guests can show the negative result in the form of a printout, an email, or an app screen from the test provider.
On voyages where destinations accept self-testing, guests can provide a picture of their negative home test or present the actual negative test itself at embarkation. Guests should write their name and test date on a piece of paper, place the negative test on the paper, and take a photograph of this on a mobile device.
When a self-test requires medical supervision, guests may consider using one of the following self-administered telehealth viral antigen tests:
Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test
Test kits ship to all 50 states and arrive at your door in three business days or less. Order now
Radeas Inspire Diagnostics At-Home Health Test
Test kits ship to all 50 states and free 5-7 business day shipping is available (expedited shipping can be purchased at checkout). Order now
Guests may also schedule testing with Quest Diagnostics at more than 1,500 locations, including Quest Diagnostics patient service centers and select Walmart and other retail pharmacy locations throughout the U.S. Appointments are required and may be scheduled online via Quest Diagnostic's website .Additionally, guests may contact their nearest health center, pharmacy, or state health department to learn more about their availability for COVID-19 testing.
Do I need to send you my vaccine card and test results in advance?
We strongly encourage guests to use VeriFLY, a secure, free digital health application that allows them the ability to easily complete their vaccine attestation, upload their proof of vaccination, test results, etc. Completing these tasks before check-in will make embarkation a faster and more seamless experience.
I am booked on back-to-back cruises. Will I be tested in between voyages?
Irrespective of vaccination status, all guests will be tested on board, between voyages, only if the subsequent cruise is more than 16 days.
What if I forget my vaccination card or test results?
Guests who arrive at embarkation without proof of vaccination or the required test will be required to self-test at embarkation and charged accordingly on their Sail & Sign account®.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 at embarkation?
Any guest who tests positive at embarkation will not be able to cruise and will be provided a future cruise credit. If a guest traveled by air to join their cruise, they will be unable to return home by public transport and may be required to quarantine before traveling home. While Carnival will help make quarantine arrangements, all guests are responsible for expenses associated with quarantine. Close contacts of a positive case will be allowed to board if they are asymptomatic and test negative at embarkation and agree to additional testing up to 5 days from last exposure.
Will the crew be vaccinated?
Yes, our crew is fully vaccinated and receiving booster shots when eligible.
How far out are you accepting vaccine exemption requests?
The process is open for sailings of 16 nights or longer departing through December 31, 2022. We will update the page when we are accepting vaccine exemption requests for 2023.
HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE & SCREENING
What happens if I have a positive COVID-19 test within 7 days of
Please do not go to the cruise terminal if you tested positive within 7 days of sailing. Call 1-800-314-9859 to cancel your cruise within 24 hours of receiving your positive test result. You will receive a future cruise credit. For more information on symptoms of COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website .
What happens if I have symptoms for a non-COVID illness?
If you have been treated for a non-COVID illness within the last 7 days, please bring a note from your doctor to the cruise terminal along with your required pre-travel COVID-19 test. The note should include a specific diagnosis and any test results obtained. At the terminal, you will be seen by our medical team and they will determine if you are permitted to sail. Your doctor's note should not contain vague diagnoses such as “viral syndrome” and “cough” as they do not help us determine your risk for having COVID-19.
Do Platinum and Diamond guests receive priority boarding and early access to their staterooms?
Platinum and Diamond guests will be given two days advance access to select their preferred Arrival Appointment. It is important that guests arrive on a timely basis as early arrivals cannot be accommodated and will be asked to return at their assigned time. Due to enhanced cleaning and sanitation, staterooms may not be ready at the time of boarding for the early Arrival Appointments.
How are you handling the safety drill?
All guests must participate in a mandatory self-muster process. This means that as soon as they get on the ship, they should locate their muster station (it's on their boarding pass and on the Carnival HUB App) and find their way there to check-in with our team. We will provide a demonstration on how to wear a life jacket. Afterwards, they should watch our safety briefing which will play on the in-stateroom TV.
What happens if I show symptoms of COVID-19 during the cruise?
Guests, and their close contacts, may be required to quarantine in their stateroom until our medical team determines it is safe for them to resume their cruise activities. Anyone who is quarantined on board will receive a pro-rated future cruise credit equal to the number of days in quarantine.
Although I don't gamble, will I still be able to watch others play in the casino?
The casino will be limited to guests who are actively playing and their companions only.
Are there any activities and events that won't be offered?
Most of our usual fun activities and events will be offered. However, the following events will be temporarily
not available: Seuss-a-palooza™ Parade, Seuss-a-palooza™ Story Time, Photo Time! With Dr. Seuss®, Towel Animal Theater and Behind the Fun Tour.
What if I don't want my stateroom to be serviced?
All staterooms will be serviced once daily. However, you may opt out of the daily stateroom service by informing your stateroom attendant.
What happens if I am asked to isolate on board?
Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate until our medical team says it is safe for you to resume activities. Complimentary amenities like Wi-Fi and room service, along with regular visits or tele-consultations with medical staff will be provided. Guests will receive a pro-rated future cruise credit equal to the number of days in isolation.
How have you improved your medical center?
Our medical center facilities have been enhanced and protocols improved to provide the necessary care for any COVID-19 related cases that may arise. When necessary, medical appointments will be scheduled virtually or in your stateroom. In the event we have cases of COVID-19, we will be able to isolate, test and treat patients and will coordinate assistance with our group of health experts and relevant public health authorities.
Have you improved your indoor ventilation systems?
Indoor ventilation systems have been enhanced to provide frequent exchanges of fresh ocean air and modified for greater particle filtration.
What happens if the ship misses a port of call?
If we miss any or multiple ports of call, our team will do all possible to find replacement ports. If secured, guests will receive a refund if there is any overage between the taxes, fees and port expenses of the cancelled and the replacement ports. In the event we are unable to secure replacement port(s), the taxes, fees and port expenses will be refunded to the guest's Sail & Sign® account. Additionally, any pre-purchased Carnival shore excursions for the cancelled port(s) will be automatically refunded to the guest's onboard account. Should there be additional sea days, our entertainment team will be ready to make your time on board fun and memorable.
GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES
If I require oxygen and/or dialysis during my cruise, may I still travel?
Yes, as long as your cruise duration is 15 days or less.