Transport Canada released enhanced COVID-19 cruise ship instructions on February 17, 2022, preparing to relaunch the cruise ship industry for 2022.
“For a successful start to the cruise season in Canada, cruise ship operators must ensure that appropriate public health measures are in place and followed to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on board ships and during port visits.
“Cruise ship operators are required to develop and implement a COVID-19 management plan” according to Transport Canada Ship Safety Bulletin 18/2021, which is excerpted below:
- The plan should describe how the company will ensure that all crew members and travelers will be assessed to confirm that they have completed an appropriate series of COVID-19 vaccinations at least 14 days prior to embarkation,
- Plans should include procedures for screening and verifying passenger and crew COVID-19 test results at the start of the voyage and,
- They should include procedures for recording passenger and crew activities in port to facilitate case and contact management where possible.
Currently, only fully vaccinated travelers can enter Canada, and all unvaccinated children under the age of 12 entering with a fully vaccinated parent must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
And eligible travelers must present proof of vaccination to board any domestic train, plane or long-distance bus in Canada.
Although this quarantine requirement will be removed on March 1, 2022, vaccination and testing requirements will remain in effect.
Additional information on cruise ship vaccination is posted at Vax-Before-Travel.com/cruise.