Costa Cruises Updates Pre-Cruise COVID-19 Requirements

Costa Cruises has made some updates to its COVID-19 health protocols, which will go into effect for voyages departing on or after October 8, 2022.

Fully vaccinated guests will no longer need to take a test prior to sailing, and unvaccinated passengers will be allowed on board with a negative pre-embarkation antigen or PCR test. The new protocols apply to itineraries in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and United Arab Emirates.

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A walkway on Costa Toscana


On Mediterranean voyages up to 14 nights long (excluding those that visit Greece), pre-cruise testing is not required for fully vaccinated guests.

Unvaccinated guests must provide results of an antigen or molecular PCR test taken within 48 hours of embarkation.

All voyages to Greece continue to be fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated and recovered guests who have provided a negative test taken within 48 hours of embarkation.

For cruises visiting Morocco, guests who aren’t fully vaccinated will be required to take an additional test on board 48 hours prior to entry into the country.


On Caribbean cruises up to 14 nights, pre-cruise testing is no longer required for fully vaccinated passengers. Those who are not fully vaccinated must provide results of a negative antigen or PCR test taken within 48 hours of embarkation.

Unvaccinated guests who wish to enjoy shore excursions in Barbados, St. Vincent, and St. Maarten will need a negative antigen or PCR test performed 24 or 48 hours prior to the ship’s arrival. Those tests can be done on board the ship.

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Costa Smeralda (Photo courtesy of Costa Cruises)

United Arab Emirates

Cruises in the UAE, Oman, and Qatar are currently only available to fully vaccinated guests, with no pre-embarkation testing required.

More Information

On cruises to the destinations mentioned above, the full vaccination requirement only applies to passengers 12 and older. The pre-embarkation testing requirement applies to guests ages 5 and older. Onboard mask use is no longer mandatory.

Costa’s ships are equipped to perform both antigen and PCR COVID-19 tests.

Cleaning and sanitization of public areas, cabins, terminals, and vehicles used for excursions and transportation will be maintained. Crew undergo testing prior to embarkation and periodically while on board.

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