Following evolving scientific and medical advice and the latest understanding of the Delta variant, Cunard has updated its vaccination and testing policy for all sailings on Queen Elizabeth departing from 19 July up to and including 1 October 2021.
These cruises are still for UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated guests only (irrespective of age) but for these cruises, the definition of “vaccinated” will now be a minimum of 14 days following the second dose of the currently approved Covid-19 vaccines being administered or 14 days following the recently approved single-dose Janssen Covid-19 vaccine being administered. All guests will also require a negative Covid-19 test at the terminal. This will be provided on a complimentary basis.
All guests will be required to show proof of vaccination status at the terminal prior to boarding. This can be printed or a digital format (a screenshot is now also acceptable) and must be an official certificate of vaccine status issued by your customer's local health authority (e.g. NHS England). You can visit the relevant NHS or local health authority website for full details of how to obtain an official record of their vaccine status in advance of their holiday (please note that some authorities require up to 10 days to process applications to receive postal certificates).
Guests in England can download the NHS app, register with their NHS number and photo ID and gain access to ‘share your COVID-19 status’ – this creates a unique QR code and certificate which proves the vaccine record. Please advise your customers to do this well in advance of travel as NHS app accounts can take up to 14 days to approve. If guests are using the app, in case of any connectivity issues, we'd recommend taking a screenshot so that they can easily show this at the terminal.
Please note that the record card that is given out at the time of vaccination will not be accepted as proof of vaccination status. Unfortunately, failure to provide proof of vaccination at the terminal will result in denial of boarding at your customer's own expense.
If this update affects your booking you will not have completed their vaccination course at least 14 days prior to sailing, you will be entitled to a free of charge transfer to another voyage or a full refund on all monies paid.