Disney Cruise Line has recently released updates regarding their vaccination requirements for guests who are looking to set sail. Previously, guests ages 5 and older were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but Disney Cruise Line has just raised the vaccination age requirement to 12 years old for sailings departing September 2, 2022 or later.
When Do The New Vaccination Requirements Take Effect?
Beginning September 2, 2022, the previous regulations will no longer be in effect, and it will only be required for guests over the age of 12 years old to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In accordance with the CDC, Guests between the ages of 5 and 11 who are setting sail from ports in the United States or Canada are recommended to be fully vaccinated, but will not be required by Disney Cruise Line.
What Is Considered Fully Vaccinated?
Disney Cruise Line has adopted their exact definition of being fully vaccinated directly from the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The CDC defines fully vaccinated as 14 days after receiving one of the following:
A single dose of an accepted 1-dose vaccine
The second dose of an accepted 2-dose vaccine
The full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the US-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials
The second dose of any “mix and match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines (administered at least 17 days apart)
Disney Cruise Line COVID-19 Testing Protocols
Regardless of vaccination status, all guests looking to set sail with Disney Cruise Line will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test. The testing requirements are different for vaccinated versus unvaccinated guests.
Fully vaccinated guests will need to provide a negative test from 48 hours or less from their set sail date. Those who do not bring a negative test result with them will need to take one at the cruise terminal, at an additional charge.
Guests who are not fully vaccinated will need to provide a negative test result via Inspire Diagnostics Safe Passage upload before midnight of their traveling date. Unvaccinated guests will also be tested again at the cruise terminal, but with no additional charge.
Disney Cruise Line Face Covering Requirements
Face coverings are optional for most Guests throughout Disney Cruise Line ships. In the US, face coverings are optional on motor coach transportation and in the Disney Cruise Line Terminal.
Note: Face coverings are required in all COVID-19 testing areas, and may be required in ports of call and cruise terminals outside of the US based on local government requirements.
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