International ban on cruises to end next week

by Jessica Pook

The cruise industry is celebrating after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps this week confirmed that the international ban on cruises will be lifted from August 2 2021.

The impending change was shared on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon (July 28) following the announcement that fully vaccinated travellers from the U.S. and Europe will soon be able to enter the UK from an amber listed country without needing to quarantine.

The tweets read: “We're helping reunite people living in the U.S. and European countries with their family and friends in the UK. 

“From August 2 at 4am those from these countries will be able to come to the England from an amber country without having to quarantine if they're fully vaccinated.

“The changes will apply to fully vaxxed people with an FDA or EMA vaccine - they’ll still need to do the usual pre-departure test before arrival and take a PCR test on day 2 of returning to the England.

“We're also able to confirm the restart of international cruises and flexible testing programmes to help key workers and drive our economic recovery. 

CLIA Managing Director for UK & Ireland, Andy Harmer, said: “The decision to allow the restart of international cruise is very good news for the industry. The success of this summer’s round-Britain cruises has led the way.  

“The cruise industry has worked intensively during the last 18 months, in collaboration with the Government, health authorities, ports, and other industry bodies to develop enhanced protocols that protect guests, crew, and the destinations we visit.   

“The industry looks forward to welcoming guests back onboard to visit international destinations.”

Virginia Messina, WTTC Senior Vice President and Acting CEO, said“The cruise industry will breathe a sigh of relief that the crucial relaunch of international cruise departures from England has been given the green light, giving hope to a sector which has struggled to stay afloat."

The ban on international cruises has been in place since July 2020. 

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