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MSC Tweaks Covid Requirements for Passengers  

MSC Cruises has updated its passenger rules and guidelines regarding Covid-19.

The world’s third largest cruise brand – and Europe’s largest – now classes full vaccination status as “recommended” instead of “required”.

MSC Cruises has also updated it’s Covid-19 testing requirements for anyone departing from the UK. From October 1 2022, all fully vaccinated guests presenting a valid vaccination certificate are recommended – but not required – to test before embarking.

For any unvaccinated guests – 5 years and older – a RT-PCR or Antigen test within 48 hours prior to the ship’s departure remains mandatory.

MSC is also reminding its customers that Covid-19 insurance is not mandatory but is strongly recommended.

Changes to Covid-19 travel requirements have also been applied to other embarkation ports including those in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Caribbean and others.

Last month, MSC Cruises took a year-round berth in Southampton – the first time the company has based one of its ships in the UK on a year-round basis.

The move also greatly enhances cruise accessibility for passengers in the UK and Ireland.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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