UK reduction of travel restrictions for EU and US, international cruises return

The announcement by the UK government that it would no longer require visitors from the US and the EU (currently excluding France) to enter quarantine will be one factor in permitting international cruises to restart from England from August 2nd

Domestic cruises have been allowed to run since May, but international cruises have remained on the prohibited list.

The government said international cruise travel advice “will be amended to encourage travellers to understand the risks associated with cruise travel and take personal responsibility for their own safety abroad”.

International travellers to the UK from the US and EU will still be required to complete both a pre-departure test for Covid-19 and a test two days after arrival. The rules still require a 10-day quarantine for arrivals from France, and those vaccinated in the US will be required to prove US residency.

“Following the close monitoring of epidemiological evidence, gained through the restart of the domestic cruise industry earlier this year, the UK government has also confirmed the go ahead for international cruise sailings to restart from England,” the Transportation and Health and Social Care departments said in their joint statement.

The British Ports Association BPA welcomed the news that travel restrictions to England were being relaxed. BPA chief executive Richard Ballantyne said that “we are delighted the UK Government has today announced that international cruise can restart in England from August 2nd, after a lengthy 16 months of no international sailings. The successful restart of domestic cruises in England two months ago has demonstrated how ports, cruise lines, government, and health officials have been able to work together to ensure the health and safety of passengers, crew, and destinations are an absolute priority. We are hopeful that the devolved administrations will follow suit shortly as we begin the gradual move towards normality.”