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Royal Caribbean lifts ban on Chinese passport holders meant to prevent coronavirus spread

In:
10Feb2020
By: 
Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean announced it has ended the policy that banned guests who held a passport from China, Hong Kong and Macau due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The policy was implemented last week, "in response to numerous ports and governments around the world restricting travel for Chinese passport holders."

There is still a policy in effect that bans any guest who has traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, along with restrictions on individuals who have been in close contact with persons who have traveled from, through or to China, Hong Kong and Macau in the past 15 days. 

The cruise line has the following health screening protocols in place:

  1. Regardless of nationality, we will deny boarding to
    1. Any guest who has traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 15 days.
    2. Any guest who has come in contact with anyone from mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 15 days. The CDC characterizes contact with an individual as coming within six feet (2M) of a person.
  2. There will be mandatory specialized health screenings performed on:
    1. Guests who are uncertain about contact with individuals who have traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau in the past 15 days.
    2. Guests who report feeling unwell or demonstrate any flu-like symptoms.
    3. Guests presenting with fever or low blood oximetry in the specialized health screenings will be denied boarding.

All guests who are denied boarding due to these restrictions will receive full refunds.