Subject to having a valid medical exemption as set out below, and subject to strict capacity limits, all guests 12 years and older are required to be 'fully vaccinated' with a COVID-19 vaccine that is approved or recognised by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to board any Princess ship. It is strongly recommended that children under 12 years of age are also fully vaccinated against COVID-19, when eligible, before travelling on a cruise.
For children under 12 years of age at the time of cruise departure who will not be fully vaccinated, and guests with a valid recognised medical exemption to not be fully vaccinated, you will need to advise us of this at the time of booking as there is a limit on the number of guests who are not fully vaccinated that can travel on each cruise departure. Please see below.
In line with the Australian definition ‘fully vaccinated’ for the purpose of Australia’s border arrangements, you will be considered fully vaccinated if you have completed a primary course (for most vaccines, this is two doses), including a mixed dose schedule, of TGA approved or recognised vaccines, with the last does given at least 14 days prior to the cruise departure date.
Although boosters are not currently required, it is strongly recommended you are ‘up to date’ with your COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes the primary course plus booster, where eligible, prior to travelling on a cruise.
Australian public health authorities also strongly recommend all cruise ship guests receive an annual influenza vaccination at least two weeks before the start of their cruise.
Guests 12 years and older, and any guests under 12 years of age who are fully vaccinated, will need to provide proof of their vaccination status or valid recognised medical exemption before they embark their cruise. Failure to provide required proof of vaccination or a valid recognised medical exemption may result in denial of boarding.
If you or anyone on your booking are unlikely to be fully vaccinated at the time of your cruise departure (and are not under 12 years of age and do not have a valid recognised medial exemption), please refer to our Book with Confidence page and contact our Customer Service team or your travel agent.
Limit on the number of guests who are not fully vaccinated (Under 12 years of age, and Medical Exemptions)
As part of the guidelines agreed to by the cruising industry and respective Australian governments, it is a requirement that at least 95% of guests must be fully vaccinanted against COVID-19. This means there is a limit on the number of guests who are not fully vaccinated that can travel on each cruise departure. The limit applies to any children under 12 years of age who are not fully vaccinated, and any other guests who are not fully vaccinated and have a valid recognised medical exemption. Any other guests who are not fully vaccinated will not be permitted to travel.
You will need to inform us at the time of booking if you or anyone on your booking is not fully vaccinated due to a valid recognised medical exemption, or if they will be under 12 years of age at the time of the cruise departure and not fully vaccinated. Click here for more details.
You should always ensure you understand all requirements to travel from your home country and the destinations you plan to visit. Details continue to be updated regularly and official websites and apps developed by government departments & agencies, and tourism ministries are the recommended resources, including: