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An Important Notice From MSC Cruises: New CDC Testing Guidelines Beginning September 13th

September 3, 2021

Dear Valued Partner,

This is an important update from MSC Cruises regarding a recent update from the CDC which shortens the length of time allowed for pre-cruise Covid-19 testing for fully vaccinated guests from 3 days to 2 days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation.

Please see our full Health & Safety Guidelines here:

Please Be Reminded:
We are now requiring all guests age 12 and older to be fully vaccinated on cruises departing Sep. 3 through & including Oct. 31 in accordance with updated Health and Safety Protocols from The Bahamas. All fully vaccinated guests, 12 years and older, must show their original CDC vaccination card at embarkation. Copies and pictures will not be accepted. All guests 2 years and older, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test at the pier. Tests must be taken no more than 2 days prior to departure (for fully vaccinated guests) or 3 days prior to departure (for not fully vaccinated guests) and the guest is responsible for the cost.

All fully vaccinated guests (12 years and older) must provide: a Negative RT-PCR or Negative NAAT or Negative antigen test taken no more than 2 days prior to departure.

Guests that are not fully vaccinated (ages 2-11) must provide: a Negative RT-PCR or Negative NAAT test taken no more than 3 days prior to departure (antigen test will not be accepted for not fully vaccinated guests).

Telehealth self-tests taken at home will be accepted for fully vaccinated guests provided the following requirements are met:

  • The test must have Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. FDA.
  • The self-test process must happen under live supervision on a video call with a telehealth representative.
  • The telehealth provider must issue a result document that includes all the necessary information.
  • An example of one test that meets these parameters is the supervised Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 Ag Card Test available through the Abbott Navica app or Note that this test kit must be shipped to the home in most cases and may take up to 5 business days to arrive (in the U.S.) after the order is placed.

Thank you for choosing MSC Cruises and for your cooperation with Health and Safety updates. We look forward to welcoming your clients on board.

MSC Cruises USA

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