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Here Are the New Covid Testing Rules for Disney Cruises in the US

The past three years have been pretty choppy, trying to navigate the pandemic and disruptions to our favorite Disney holidays.

Disney Parks reopened and Disney cruises eventually came back, but not without regulations and requirements for visiting. We’re all too familiar with Disney Parks systems and attempted crowd control with reservations (which does not seem to be working out too well so far), and Disney Cruise Line has kept us in the loop with up-to-date policies and testing requirements in order to board their ships, as many other cruise lines have done in order to continue operating under Pandemic terms.

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Disney Cruise Line has just updated their Covid testing requirements, and in addition, it looks like the vaccine requirement is not going away any time soon.

Disney Cruise Line announced today:

“Currently, Disney Cruise Line continues to require all vaccine-eligible Guests (based on US eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of sailing. This is a requirement for all Guests (US and international) ages 5 and older. Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours before their sail date. Guests ages 4 and under must complete the testing requirements. The test should be a NAAT test, rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.”

To sum this up, vaccine-eligible Guests over the age of 5 must be fully vaccinated. Children under the age of 5 need to undergo a PCR type test within 72 hours before departure, and rapid antigen tests will not be accepted.

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Additionally, fully vaccinated Guests must still provide a negative PCR Covid 19 test taken within 48 hours prior to embarking, and results must be uploaded to the Safe Passage Website by midnight before your cruise departure day.

There is also the possibility to upload a 90-day-recovered document. If a passenger has recovered from Covid 19 in the 90 days prior to the cruise, they can upload the documentation and be omitted from the testing requirement. Here’s what you’ll need to provide in order to bypass the testing requirement.

“You ust provide: A copy of your previous positive COVID-19 test result which is greater than 11 days and less than 90 days from your expected sail date. The test must have been antigen, NAAT, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR. The test result must include your date of birth. A signed letter (on official letterhead that shows the name, address and phone number of a licensed healthcare provider or public health official) stating that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days and are clear for travel.”

You must also bring this documentation with you to the port.

However, proof of 90 days recovered does not cover unvaccinated travelers. Travelers must still upload their covid 19 vaccination information as well as their 90-days-recovered documentation.

More information to follow at Disney Cruise Line continues to adjust Covid testing requirements and policies.

Check out Disney Cruise Line website here for sailing information aboard Disney Wish, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, and Disney Fantasy.

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