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Travel Advice

While you are getting ready for your next cruise holiday we are here to do all we can to make sure you have an enjoyable trip.

Travel advice and requirements are subject to frequent change and so we recommend staying up to date with travel advice ahead of any planned travel. Alongside this, there is a handy checklist from the UK Government for those preparing to travel and staying safe abroad. You can find this here

Please read our content below carefully

Cruise Line Protocols

Each cruise line has revealed their new and improved health and safety protocols as they resume sailing. This highlights any requirements for booking, getting on-board your ship, shore excursions and enjoying life on-board. It is essential you familiarise yourself with your cruise line’s health and safety protocols prior to booking and before getting on-board.

Check with your cruise line provider for their requirements to travel and any additional health and safety protocols.

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Latest Travel Advice

For general travel advice and to ensure you keep up to date with the destination(s) you are visiting, check https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk for all the UK Government’s latest travel advice in one place.

Visit our own latest news page on our hub too, to see the latest key information relating to cruise travel.

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You can also find specific guidance on the regions on the Gov.uk site here. You can sign up for travel alerts and destination specific information including visa requirements, entry restrictions, screening or quarantine requirements for your destination.

We advise you to monitor the requirements throughout the period leading up to your holiday and specifically at the following intervals:

  • Before and at the time of booking
  • When you receive and check your tickets
  • Two weeks before departure
  • One week before departure
  • 48 hours before departure
  • 48 hours before your return to the UK

To keep up to date with the latest information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-Covid-19.

We also advise customers to check the Passenger COVID-19 Charter framework, which outlines consumer rights and responsibilities for international travel.

Covid-19 Testing

Before travelling to England:

As of 05.01.2022, all fully-vaccinated travellers are required to:

  • Book and pay for a Covid-19 PCR test - to be taken in the two days after you arrive back in England
  • Complete a passenger locator form - to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive back in England
  • As of 11.02.2022, all fully-vaccinated travellers are no longer required to take a Covid-19 test after their arrival in England

As of 05.01.2022, all non-vaccinated travellers are required to:

  • Take a Covid-19 test - to be taken in the two days before you travel to England
  • Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 PCR tests - to be taken after you arrive in England
  • Complete a passenger locator form - to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive back in England

When you arrive in England:

As of 05.01.2022, all fully-vaccinated travellers are required to:

  • You must take a COVID-19 test. This is the test that you booked before travel. You can book either a lateral flow test or a PCR test.You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate. If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test
  • As of 11.02.2022, all fully-vaccinated travellers are no longer required to take a Covid-19 test after their arrival in England

As of 05.01.2022, all non-vaccinated travellers are required to:

  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
  • Take your COVID-19 PCR tests – you must book these tests before you travel. You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0. If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You need to book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.

You may be required to take a Covid-19 test ahead of travelling to another country. You can check the requirements for countries here and we advise you to check this at least two weeks before travel as you may need to arrange a private test.

PCR tests can be ordered if required to be arranged and paid for by guests before travel. Please check your cruise line’s website for their specific requirements. Many cruise lines require antigen tests in place of PCR tests.

If you need to order a PCR test there are many providers available. You can find a full list of the providers available here from the UK Government website including both local and national testing providers.

PCR testing is wholly the responsibility of the guest to arrange where not provided by the cruise line. RiverVoyages.com does not take responsibility for the timely completion of any tests that are arranged through a third-party testing provider.

Alongside this, each cruise line also has certain testing requirements to adhere to in order to board with them. You can find the latest cruise line information and protocols here

Documentation Required for Travel

There are specific documents required to prepare when you leave or return to the UK. It is very important that you have your required documents completed and with you when travelling. Some of these will need to be completed ahead of time and will be required to show while you travel.

Important: You may be fined or refused entry if you have not supplied the relevant documents in time or do not have the necessary documents with you.

Passenger Locator Form

This form is used to contact you if someone you travelled with develops Covid-19 symptoms. It may also be used to check that you are self-isolating if you need to.

If you’re travelling on a cruise that lasts 19 days or less, you can submit the form in the 48 hours before boarding. If your cruise is longer, you can submit the form while travelling. You can complete this form online via the Gov.uk website, here: Complete your Passenger Locator Form 

Every adult travelling must complete their own form. If you’re travelling with someone under 18 years old, who lives at the same address, you can include them on your form. If you’re entering Scotland, this applies to anyone under 16.

Once you reach any border control, you will be asked to show a printed or downloaded copy of the document to your phone. Border Force officers will scan the QR code on your documents to check you have completed the form successfully. If you are arriving by bus or coach, also ensure you have these documents ready for officials to check.

Your information is kept for 42 days then deleted, unless required for related work. It is used in line with this privacy policy. Further information on the form and its requirements can be found here

Valid UK Passport

Passport Requirements (From 1st January 2021)

You must have a valid passport to enter the UK and new rules apply for travel to Europe from 1st January 2021.

All passports (adult and child) must have a minimum of six months left on them after the return date of your trip, to travel to most countries in Europe.

Your passport must be less than ten years old – even it if it has six or more months left on it.

Further information on passport requirements for travelling to Europe can be found here

Visa Requirements

British tourists do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries – as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

You can check if you need a visa or permit for the destination(s) you are visiting here

For most EU countries, British passport holders are covered by a Schengen visa waiver. This means you do not need to apply for a visa to visit the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

Different rules apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania. If you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer durations, to work or study, or for business travel. You can check which countries require a visa or permit here

For any other visa-related questions, please check the UK Government website here

Documents for parents/guardians

Those traveling with children may be asked at the border to prove the relationship with the child if they do not seem to be the parent, for example having different surnames. This can be proven with a birth or adoption certificate; divorce or marriage certificate; or a letter from the child’s parent giving permission and providing contact details.

Healthcare

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is still valid for travel, provided that it is still in date.

At the time of renewal, you will need to apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This process is free of charge. Apply for GHIC on the NHS website here

An EHIC or GHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance. You will need to take out comprehensive travel insurance with sufficient healthcare cover, including cover for existing medical conditions and any activities you plan to do.

Travel Insurance

We advise that, whenever possible, you take out adequate travel insurance at the time of booking your holiday. Cruise lines require all passengers to have adequate travel insurance covering medical and repatriation, and boarding could be refused if evidence of travel insurance cannot be provided.

Cruise lines may have specific requirements for travel insurance, so please refer to your cruise lines’ terms and conditions which can be found here.

We also advise you to check that your travel insurance includes cover for COVID-19 to ensure you have adequate protection in the event that you or a member of your party test positive for COVID-19 ahead of, or during your holiday, and are required to isolate and are unable to travel.

You are not entitled to a refund if you are prevented from travelling due to Covid-19.

You may not be entitled to a refund if you are refused boarding by the cruise line at embarkation.

You may not be entitled to any additional costs incurred because of needing to self-isolate during your holiday.

However, we will always provide reasonable assistance wherever possible, in supporting our customers in making necessary arrangements or changes to their holiday before departure or during their holiday.

To get an online quote for travel insurance including cover for Covid-19, please click here: https://cruise118.justtravelcover.com/. Note: These are suggested referrals only and RiverVoyages.com does not recommend any specific insurance companies.

Flights and Airline Guidance

Read the air travel guidance on steps to take if you’re flying. You can find this at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-Covid-19-safer-air-travel-guidance-for-passengers.

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