Viking Venus Cruise
Viking Venus cruise ship

International cruise travel given the go-ahead in England for fully-vaccinated passengers.

In happy news for the cruise Industry, England is set to re-open its borders for international cruise travel once again. Fully-vaccinated travellers with proof of both jabs can to embark on international cruise travel to and from England, without the need to quarantine, from Monday 2nd August.

According to The Times, ministers approved plans to allow international cruise travel for tourists coming from the EU and United States after fears we are falling behind on re-opening.

This comes after the update on 19th July which saw fully-vaccinated UK residents able to travel to and from Amber list countries without the need to quarantine. However, those who had obtained jabs outside of the UK were not permitted to do the same. These plans to extend quarantine-free travel tourists form the EU and US is said to be an attempt to avoid “squandering [the UK’s] vaccine bonus.”

Further to this, it’s also claimed countries beyond the EU and US may be added to the quarantine-free list for international cruise travel in the coming weeks.For those flying into England before embarking on a cruise, airlines will need to verify the vaccine status at check-in. As it stands, the government will recognise the EU’s digital Covid-19 certificate and the vaccine cards issued in the US.

However, separate rules will apply to tourists and travellers arriving from France. Those who have been in France within 10 days of arriving in England must still quarantining for 10 days (and take the mandatory day two and day Covid tests) even if they are fully vaccinated.

Despite opening up for international cruise travel, a number of cruise lines and travel companies have still had to cancel and postpone certain itineraries owing to the earlier restrictions. However, many domestic cruises have been running around the UK since May.

Take a look at the staycation cruises setting sail around the British Isles this summer.