Holland America Line drops pre-cruise testing requirement for some sailings

Holland America Line is removing pre-cruise COVID-19 testing requirements for passengers boarding certain European sailings this summer.

In a letter to guests, the Seattle-based cruise line confirmed that those booked for departures from Amsterdam on July 10, 17 and 24 to Rotterdam will no longer need to test for the virus before sailing.

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“We are contacting you to let you know about a change to our COVID-19 testing requirement that affects your browsing. As health protocols around the world continue to evolve, we are adjusting our policies to align with those of the countries we we are visiting. As a result, you are no longer required to take a pre-cruise COVID-19 test or produce a negative test result upon boarding that cruise.”

Passengers aged 12 and over will still need to be fully vaccinated and passengers aged 18 and over will need a booster shot if it has been more than 270 days since the last dose of their vaccination cycle initial.

Holland America Line’s policy update comes amid easing restrictions around the world. Last month, Carnival Cruise Line relaxed COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated passengers sailing to the Caribbean by removing the requirement for a doctor’s note to request a medical exemption.

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