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Royal Caribbean bans Chinese passport holders from its cruise ships due to coronavirus fears

07 Feb 2020
Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has decided to prohibit any guest holding a Chinese, Hong Kong, or Macau passport from boarding any of its ships, regardless of residency throughout the month of February.

The cruise line announced the stricter rule, in addition to tighter screening policies that were revealed this week.

Additionally, Royal Caribbean has tightened the health screening requirements and the following guests will need to undergo extra screenings to ensure safety at the cruise terminal:

  • Anyone that has been in contact with individuals that have traveled from, to, or through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau in the last 15 days.
  • Anyone that feels unwell or demonstrates flu-like symptoms.
  • Any guest presenting with fever or low blood oximetry in the specialized health screening will be denied boarding.

Royal Caribbean feels obligated to institute such stringent rules in order to, "maintain a safe and healthy environment onboard our ships, as well as in the ports we visit."