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Azamara will drop its pre-cruise COVID-19 testing requirement from July 25, 2022, excluding ports where testing mandates remain in place in accordance with the local country’s regulations. The news follows the recent announcement by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) that it is was dropping its COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships.

Guests aged 12 years old and over are still required to show proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to traveling with Azamara. 

For ports such as Athens, Dubai and Sydney that currently still have testing protocols in place, guests will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding. A list of ports with testing mandates can be found here

Acceptable tests include PCR tests taken no longer than three days before boarding or Antigen tests taken within one day of embarkation. Antigen tests can be purchased for $59 in the terminal or on the boarding deck. 

“The easing of our testing policy marks a step in the right direction towards a return to normalcy for the travel and cruising industry,” said Azamara’s president Carol Cabezas in a press statement. “Cruising is one of the safest ways to travel, and our existing health and safety protocols onboard will ensure peace of mind for our guests and crew as we move forward.”

All Azamara crew are fully vaccinated and COVID-19 testing will be available onboard to guests as needed. 

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