Carnival COVID-19 policy to include negative testing, masks and physical distancing

Carnival COVID-19 policy to include negative testing, masks and physical distancing

Carnival COVID-19 policy that was issued today includes listing various procedures for cruising, including negative COVID-19 testing, wearing of masks, health screening, physical distancing, and contact tracing.

According to the notice released by Carnival on its website, all guests will be  required to provide any screening information related to COVID-19 requested by Carnival “including but not limited to health, travel, and COVID-19 exposure and testing history,”

Carnival COVID-19 policy highlights


All passengers two years of age or older, will be required to show a negative SARS-CoV-2 test from between 5 days to 24 hours prior to the date of embarkation and must receive a negative result. According to the notice, Carnival may perform additional testing at the terminal or on board the vessel. Any passengers who fail to provide the required documentation or testing at the terminal or on board will be denied boarding or disembarked, and no refund or credit will be issued.

Health Screening

All passengers will be required to complete a health questionnaire beginning 72 hours before the date of embarkation to identify any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (or other infectious diseases) and any contact with individuals confirmed to have COVID-19 prior to the cruise. The questionnaire will be based upon the latest CDC guidance for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and passengers will be required to reconfirm their responses at time of check-in. All passengers will have their temperature taken as part of the boarding process. Passengers who refuse to be tested or screened will be denied boarding. 

Carnival COVID-19 policy highlights
Carnival COVID-19 policy highlights

Screening on Board

Passengers may be required to undergo at least daily temperature checks and must submit to any requested medical screening during the cruise. Temperature checks may also be conducted prior to disembarking at a port of call and before participating in certain onboard activities.

Face Masks

All passengers over the age of two will be required to wear a mask when indoors except when inside their own stateroom, while eating and drinking seated at a table and when using the cardio equipment at the gym and physical distancing is maintained. Guests are required to wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks should have two or more layers and be worn over the nose and mouth. Gaiters and bandanas will not be allowed, and face shields will only be permitted when used with a mask. High-filtration masks, such as N95, KF94, and KN95 face masks or respirators, are highly recommended in place of cloth masks. 

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Physical Distancing

Access to public spaces will be limited and venues/activities will operate at reduced capacity. Carnival says it may use a reservation system for public areas, such as pools, gyms, casinos, restaurants, bars, and entertainment. Physical distancing protocols will be in accordance with CDC recommendations, defined as staying at least six feet (2 meters) apart from other people who are not the guest’s cruise companions (family or immediate travel group). Distanced seating will be applied in theaters, dining facilities and other common venues, and according to the statement buffet service will be modified to eliminate or severely restrict self-service items.

Carnival COVID-19 policy includes physical distancing
Carnival COVID-19 policy includes physical distancing
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Shore excursions 

Passengers will only be allowed to participate in excursions or activities executed and escorted by vetted tour operators and self-exploration or non-Carnival sponsored excursions will not be permitted. 

For the full Carnival covid-19 notice click here 

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